Research course

Geochemistry of the Earth System

Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Geochemistry has 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 cover present-day and past environmental change; oceanography and palaeoceanography; tectonics and mountain building; volcano dynamics; sedimentology and stratigraphy, ore formation and the evolution of the Earth's mantle and crust. Geochemistry has been central to the major contributions to the international research agendas in these varied fields that have been made by academics and researchers at the OU since the 1970s.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

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