Research course

Earth Sciences

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Earth Sciences research provides fundamental insights into the key natural processes that have governed the development of planet Earth over its 4.5 billion-year history. We provide a stimulating and well-equipped environment for interdisciplinary research and foster strong links with colleagues in biodiversity and ecosystems, geography, and planetary science.

Two widely recognised strengths that underpin much of our research are:

  • the exploitation of our analytical expertise for developing novel methodologies for understanding and quantifying the rates of Earth processes
  • innovation in field-based research that is complementary to our analytical work, including pioneering work in mountain areas and on coastal rock exposures.

Academic and research staff in Earth Sciences are collaborating on a wide range of transdisciplinary projects that currently focus on modern and palaeoenvironmental change, palaeobiology, geochemistry (inorganic and organic), mantle evolution and geochronology, mountain uplift and orogenic evolution, stratigraphy and sedimentology, oceanography and palaeoceanography. Research students form an integral and highly valued component within all our research projects.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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