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

The study of sedimentary rocks and the fossils contained within them is 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.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative Support
Email
STEM-SPS-PhD-Admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 858253