Research course

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is committed to active and developing research programmes in a wide range of subjects within the Earth and Environmental fields. Our research strengths include crustal evolution, environmental modelling and monitoring, marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems, palaeontology, applied geoscience and applied physics.

Research within the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences may also be closely linked to Biology and Geography and we collaborate with colleagues in those areas within the university, including co-supervision of PhD students. Visit Biological Sciences and Geography PhD webpages to view related PhD projects on offer.

We have many international links and a strong cohort of PhD students (over 30) and post-docs. There is also an active and well-attended weekly seminar series and a suite of state-of-the-art analytical facilities with dedicated technical support.

Applied Physics
Research into advanced materials focuses on the preparation of multi-functional materials and the development of novel materials characterization metrologies. Other research areas include the foundations of quantum theory, and there are strong links with the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

Biodiversity and Evolution
We offer supervision in the fields of vertebrate palaeontology, Silurian biostratigraphy using graptolites and palynological techniques, high resolution integrated stratigraphy, particularly for the Cretaceous, micropalaeontology, and ichnofacies and palaeobiological aspects of palaeoichnology.

Centre for Applied Geoscience
Our researchers specialise in the investigation and management of natural and man-made hazards and the conservation of our geo-heritage. Current research themes include lava flow behaviour and hazards, structural constraints on the eruptive behaviour of volcanoes, prevention and mitigation of volcanic risk, and emergency planning.

Crustal Evolution Research Group
Our researchers undertake research projects and supervise research students in various fields, including: evolution of the continental crust through Earth history, the onset of subduction and plate tectonics, accessory mineral insights into global geodynamics and palaeo ice sheets, mineralization processes, and igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis.

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring Group
Our researchers offer supervision in specialisms such as environmental impacts of ionising radiation, modelling nutrient transport in rivers and their catchments, and elemental and isotopic fingerprinting methods of dust source attribution. Research projects in the marine area include nutrient and trace metal phytoplankton interactions, sediment-water interactions and mesoscale structure, and the dynamics of fronts and eddies.

Rock Mechanics Laboratory
Our research focuses on how and why rocks deform under different conditions of pressure and temperature, using the latest technology in high pressure rock deformation machines, equipped with systems for controlling stress, strain, temperature and fluid flow, and instrumented with advanced Acoustic Emission recording technology – the laboratory analogue of a natural earthquake.

Module Details

Applied Physics

  • Applied advanced materials research
  • Cosmology and gravitation
  • Quantum theory
  • Particle physics
  • Physics education
  • Environmental radiation

Applied Geoscience

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Environmental monitoring and modelling
  • Geoconservation and heritage science
  • Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami

Biodiversity and Evolution

  • Taxonomy and evolution
  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology

Crustal Evolution

  • Evolution of the continental crust through earth history
  • The onset of subduction and plate tectonics
  • Accessory mineral insights into global geodynamics and palaeo-ice sheets
  • Igneous and Metamorphic petrogenesis
  • Volcano geodynamics and palaeo-seismology
  • Rock physics and deformation

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Modelling

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Marine biogeochemistry and Ecosystem research
  • Ecotoxicology and pollution
  • Climate change

Rock Mechanics

  • Rock mechanics
  • Rock physics
  • Volcano tectonics
  • Physical properties of rocks and minerals

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Research Team - Faculty of Science
Email
sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2994