Research course

Sedimentology and stratigraphy

Institution
Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

critical to our understanding of the Earth system and the evolution of life, and consequently this research area forms an integral part of the work undertaken in the Environment, Earth and Ecosystems discipline at the OU. Research in this area covers a range of topics, and includes palaeontological studies into evolutionary change through Earth history, as well as the use of sedimentary records of orbital forcing to develop geological timescales. A major focus of current research is the use of sedimentary rocks as archives of past environmental change. As such, this work brings together both sedimentological and stratigraphcal investigations with geochemical analyses of sedimentary rocks and fossils and the development of novel proxies for tracing ancient climatic change.

Potential research projects

  • Assessing the nature of the stratigraphic record and its utility for understanding the Earth system
  • Exploring the links between orbital forcing of climate and large-scale sea level change in the geological record
  • Investigating the biotic responses to large scale environmental change in Earth history
  • The development and refinement of geological timescales using orbital chronologies

We encourage enquiries from prospective students on topics related to sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeontology, as well as topics related to palaeoenvironmental change.

Current/recent research projects

  • Palaeoenvironmental change in the Early Jurassic: A north African perspective

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Pallavi Anand - application of biogeochemical proxies for understanding past ocean chemistry and climate
  • Dr Angela Coe - sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental change
  • Dr Phil Sexton - stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental change

Department specialisms

We encourage enquiries from prospective students on topics related to sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeontology, as well as topics related to palaeoenvironmental change.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036