Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and other planets. We accommodate the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, which leads multi-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced-level teaching. The department houses the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, the UK’s hub for geohazard research and knowledge exchange. We jointly run the Centre of Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), which leads the Cryosat-2 satellite mission monitoring changes in polar ice. The department has strong links with resources and hazard risk industries with most graduates finding employment within academia or geoscience-related industries.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Earth Sciences MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Geophysical Hazards MSc FT, PT
Geoscience MSc FT, PT
Natural Hazards for Insurers PG Cert PT
Risk and Disaster Reduction MRes FT, PT
Risk and Disaster Reduction PG Cert PT, FX
Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc/PG Dip FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 34 staff
  • 32 taught students
  • 43 research students


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Student View

"As part of my PhD project I was able to take part in a three-week summer school, the Urbino Summer School of Palaeoclimatology. This was a very valuable experience where international lecturers gave talks on their research."

Cherry Newsam

Degree: PhD

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