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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

MSc by Research in Earth Sciences

This MSc programme offers the opportunity to do one year of research in Earth Sciences across all sub-disciplines including geology, palaeontology, geophysics, structural geology, environmental geoscience and applied geosciences. The programme is flexible to suit applicants aspirations, background and experience. The department houses an impressive range of facilities and services and is involved with a number of collaborative centres of research excellence that can be used to help support innovative and exciting research.

Applications are welcome at any time - there is no specific deadline. See our list of exciting new projects here.

Further information and how to apply for an MSc by research degrees contact:

New Research Projects

  • Bigger, Badder Wolves or Larger Portion Sizes.
    (Dr Martin Smith, Prof Dave Harper)

  • Cold humid Islands: peatlands as tools of cooling the climate.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Prof Simon Mathias)

  • Granite-Related Critical Element mineralization in central Sweden.
    (Prof David Selby, Dr Edward Lynch)

  • Tracking past sea level changes via novel isotope geochemistry.
    (Prof David Selby, Dr Jerry Lloyd)

  • What have we learnt? Meta-analysis of greenhouse gas fluxes from peatlands.
    (Prof Fred Worrall, Prof Martin Evans, Prof Chris Greenwell)

  • Sulphur isotopes in modern and archaeological deer.
    (Dr Darren Gröcke, Dr Kurt Gron)

  • Nitrogen pollution recorded in macroalgae.
    (Dr Darren Gröcke, Prof Chris Greenwell)

  • Concentrate, Life is Hard: the role of minerals in protobiomolecule formation.
    (Prof Chris Greenwell)

  • The permeability of beds of polydisperse particles: Implications for uid ow through soils, sediments, magmas and rocks.
    (Dr Fabian Wadsworth, Prof. Andrew Aplin)

Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

Interested in postgraduate study? Download our 2020 prospectus.