Research course

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


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, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
      part time
      24 months
      • PhD
        full time
        36 months
          part time
          72 months

          Course contact details

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