Research course

Earth Sciences

Durham University · Department of Earth Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences or related subjects); OR a Masters degree in a relevant subject; AND suitable references (normally two academic references or, where an applicant has been out of education for some time, one academic reference and one employer's reference).

Months of entry


Course content

Our expertise in Earth Sciences is spread across eight discipline-based Research Groups, which are strategically integrated into four interdisciplinary Research Themes underpinned by departmental and university equipment-based facilities. The scope and activities of research carried out under the Themes are aligned with larger interdisciplinary Research Centres and Institutes spread across Durham University.

All degrees have annual progress assessment procedures and an oral defense upon completion.

Department specialisms

Climate and Environmental Change; Geoenergy, Resources and Waste; Geohazards; Solid Earth

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. This is normally an IELTS score of 6.5 or above with no category less than 6.0.

Fees and funding

Research Council Studentships; Cerees Geo-Energy Scholarship Programme

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Earth Sciences