Research course

Earth Sciences

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 honours degree in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials, biology and related subjects.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our students are greatly sought-after. Over the last five years 25 per cent of our 80 PhD graduates have gone into the oil and other industries; 25 per cent to research fellowships; 29 per cent to work on research grants and contracts; ten per cent directly into university teaching posts and 11 per cent into non-scientific posts including the civil service. Many of the research fellows have also subsequently gone into industry, university and research institute posts.

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • produced a dissertation for examination.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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