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Earth Sciences MPhil/PhD

The Department of Earth Sciences is engaged in world-class research into the processes at work on and within the Earth and other planets. The department has strong links with resources and hazard risk industries with most graduates finding employment within academia or geoscience-related industries.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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 language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

Our PhDs are funded by a variety of routes, but common ones include UK Research council funding (e.g. NERC, EPSRC, STFC), European funding (e.g. ERC) and collaborations co-sponsored by industrial partners (CASE awards); some PhD students also fund themselves. The cost of a PhD is in two parts: (a) fees and (b) stipend.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Dennis Curry Scholarship in Micropalaeontology

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective UK-resident entrants taking the Micropalaeontology route through the MSc in Geosciences, and who are not already receiving full financial support (fees and living costs) from other sources.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Nestix, Geoscientist, 2012,
  • Aberystwyth University, Teaching Fellow, 2012,
  • Eawag Aquatic Institute, Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012,
  • 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Earth Sciences Department at UCL is one of the leading earth sciences departments in the UK. World-class facilities are available to our students; these include NASA’s European Regional Planetary Image Facility (hosted by the department) and many state-of-the-art mineral physics and geochemistry laboratories. Graduate research students are given the opportunity to contribute and develop their communication and leadership skills as demonstrators, especially in laboratory and field classes. They acquire teaching skills through specially arranged training courses, and are encouraged to benefit from wider college activities available to them at UCL.

The London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) offers between 30 and 40 studentships each year in earth and environmental sciences. Its aim is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training and deliver a transformative inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students in the heart of London. Our students will be trained during the first half-year by 9 of the world's leading research centres, before embarking on their specific projects in one of those institutions, including UCL. Please view the themes and associated PhD projects at http://london-nerc-dtp.org/. If you are interested in applying please follow us and sign up to our RSS feed for updates.

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 40 taught students › 53 research students

Department: Earth Sciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

Subject: I teach in the Department of Earth Sciences Master’s programmes and I supervise Master’s student projects.
Student review

"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

Subject: Earth Sciences PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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