Earth Sciences MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

  • Dynamics and evolution of the crust: rock mechanics; high-pressure/high-temperature mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry: pollution; hydrogeology; hydrochemistry; water resources Natural hazards: assessment of hazard and risk posed by geological events
  • Palaeoclimate, palaeobiology and palaeoenvironments: micropalaeontology; vertebrate palaeontology; the Earth’s past climates and environments
  • Satellite observation and modelling of polar climate and change
  • Structure, geodynamics and evolution of the Earth and planets.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Recent graduates have chosen either to pursue a career in academia as postdoctoral researchers or seek employment in the oil, gas and mineral extraction industries. These have included positions as micropalaeontologists, geologists, hydrogeologists, stratigraphers, sedimentologists, geophysicists in the public sector (Environment Agency, National Physics Laboratory) and private sector (Badley Ashton Reservoir Geoscience).

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Aberystwyth University, Lecturer, 2011
  • LNT Institute, Scientific Researcher, 2011
  • C-Core, Engineer, 2011
  • UCL, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011
  • NOAA, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2011

Employability

Many of our recent graduate research students have moved straight on to postdoctoral research positions at UCL and elsewhere that can then be used as a platform for beginning an academic career. Many others continue their research in government or non-government agencies as well as industry.

Networking

The department hosts the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, Aon Benefield UCL Hazard Research Centre, Institute for Risk and DIsaster Reduction and engages in extensive collaborative work with the Royal Institution and the Natural History Museum and many other external research institutions. The department and UCL maintain an alumni network where professional events are organised to help new graduates embark on their chosen career.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Graham Shields

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7821

Department

Earth Sciences

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Prospectus subject

Earth Sciences

Faculty overview

Mathematical and Physical Sciences


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Staff View

"UCL has a unique combination of experimental and theoretical expertise in the area of Mineral Physics, which I work in, but it is the excellent collaborations I have with my colleagues that keeps me here."

Professor David Dobson

Professor of Earth Materials

Student View

"UCL, as a world-class university, has state-of-the-art research facilities that are not usually found in universities in my home country or at many other universities around the world."

Edoseghe Osagiede

Degree: Geoscience MSc