Research course

Earth Sciences

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering
PhDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements


Candidates require a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

In the top 40 of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, for Geography. A 5 star + rating.

Our interdisciplinary research group aims to develop an integrated understanding of the evolution of the Earth system whilst exploring and exploiting links to environmental engineering, biotechnology and planetary science. We collaborate very closely in this mission with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).

Research themes

Solid Earth

This theme develops a fully quantitative understanding of the mechanisms and drivers that control the movement and reactivity of fluids and heat within the Earth's crust

Fingerprinting the Carbon Cycle

We are an emergent, world-leading group in understanding the carbon cycle. Uniquely, we fingerprint signatures of carbon behaviour that underpin larger-scale processes and their impact on the environment and society.

Solar System Volatiles

This theme directly addresses the grand challenge of understanding the origin and distribution of life throughout the Solar System and beyond.

Quantitative Geomorphology

We examine how landscapes respond to environmental change and how we can overcome the hazards and minimise societal risks that arise from these responses.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

View a full list of our current scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months

MSc by research

part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

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