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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

MSc by Research in Computation Geoscience

Computational skills are now more in demand than ever, e.g. in high-performance computational (HPC) models, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI).

This 1-year MSc in Computational Geoscience offers graduate students opportunities to apply these tools, techniques and models in a range of geoscience topics, including seismology and seismic hazards, plate tectonics, renewable energy and environmental research, and planetary science.

Training aspects of the MSc include working with various staff in Computational Geoscience, weekly seminars on Frontier research in the field, and presentation and writing skills.

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: earthsci.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk


New Research Projects

  • Modelling Martian Flows.
    (Prof Jim McElwaine, Prof Jeroen van Hunen)

  • What makes a supercontinent ‘super’?
    (Dr Philip Heron, Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Prof Brendan Murphy)

  • North-South Divide: why do plumes form mainly in the southern hemisphere?
    (Dr Phil Heron, Prof Jeroen van Hunen)

  • Lithosphere-scale inheritance in the continents.
    (Prof Ken McCaffrey, Dr Philip Heron)

  • Machine learning for laboratory earthquakes: detecting events in highly noisy time sequences.
    (Prof Stefan Nielsen, Dr Stefano Giani)

  • Banana-doughnut kernels for modelling waves in the Earth.
    (Prof Stefan Nielsen, Dr Stefano Giani)

  • Integration of forward and inverse numerical modelling of tectonic deformation: combining the best of both worlds.
    (Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Dr Richard Walters)

  • Numerical modelling of the inuence of volcanic eruptions on past climates.
    (Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Prof James Baldini)

  • The dynamics of granite-greenstone belts.
    (Prof Jeroen van Hunen, Dr Phil Heron, Dr Nick Gardiner (St Andrews))

Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

Interested in postgraduate study? Download our 2020 prospectus.