Research course

Earth Sciences

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry qualification for PhD studies is an upper second-class Honours degree from a recognised institution. It is important to note that for some research topics, a first degree in a subject other than Geology may be an advantage.

Months of entry


Course content

Earth Sciences is a vibrant research and postgraduate teaching department. It currently has 15 full-time academic staff members and one part-time member, together with full-time research staff working on a broad range of research projects.

We undertake research across a wide range of the earth sciences and are always pleased to discuss individual research proposals from students. Past and current PhD students have been and are funded by the research councils, the petroleum industry, the water industry, the European Union, Nirex, the British Council and overseas governments.

Our research groups focus on the following themes:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Palaeobiology and palaeoenvironments
  • Subsurface structure and properties

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005