Research course


Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Geochemistry is a key theme in the Dynamic Earth Research and Palaeoenvironmental Change groups have been a major focus of the research carried out at The Open University for nearly 40 years.

Academics and researchers from Earth sciences use cutting-edge geochemical techniques, such as laser ablation (LA) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and solution ICP-MS, to study a very diverse range of problems in the Earth and environmental sciences. Our research interests include ore formation and the evolution of the Earth's mantle and crust, palaeoceanography, water-related alteration processes, palaeoenvironmental change, impact cratering and the early Earth, climate change, magmatism and metamorphism related to mountain building.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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