Research course

Earth Sciences

Institution
Cardiff University · School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Graduates in appropriate science subject such as Geology or Environmental Science, with at least a First Class or 2:1 Honours degree, or a master's.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Underpinned by substantial external funding, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences vibrant research environment provides our PhD and MPhil students with opportunities to work with world experts and use high-quality research equipment.

Each year approximately 15 students are recruited for PhD degrees, who benefit from participating in teaching exercises, School activities and essential skills-training experiences. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 94% of our School of Earth and Ocean Science’s research outputs were deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our facilities and equipment underpin research in all branches of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

From the latest analytical techniques to a coastal research vessel, our facilities support research and teaching activities within the School. These include –

  • 3D seismic laboratory - We use high-resolution, industry-sourced seismic data and cutting-edge analytical and interpretive techniques to address a wide ranging of research questions.
  • Electron microbeam facility- Our microscope can be used to image objects such as minerals and microfossils at a magnification far exceeding the capabilities of an optical microscope.
  • Terrestrial laser scanner- Offering superior measurement capability in adverse atmospheric conditions.
  • RV Guiding Light - Our coastal research vessel enables us to better understand marine issues, from sea level rise through coastal erosion and management.
  • Palaeoclimate and climate systems facility- Our Palaeoclimate and climate systems facility can offer high precision trace element and stable isotope analyses in a range of natural materials.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
42 months
part time
60-84 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgradenquiries@cardiff.ac.uk