Research course

Sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeobiology

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. Studies using and developing sedimentological, stratigraphical and palaeobiological techniques form two themes in the Palaeoenvironmental Change Research Group within the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems Sciences at the OU.

Research in these themes include micro- and macro-fossil studies into evolutionary change through Earth history, plant morphology, sequence stratigraphy and 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 and sea-level change. As such, this work brings together both sedimentological and stratigraphical investigations with geochemical analyses of sedimentary rocks and fossils to develop novel proxies for tracing ancient environmental change.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Administrative Support
Email
STEM-EEES-PhD-Admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 332943