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Graduate Admissions

5 courses offered in the Department of Earth Sciences

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER) trains researchers (through several multidisciplinary cohorts) to be uniquely equipped to develop and apply leading-edge computational approaches to address critical global environmental challenges by exploiting vast, diverse and often currently untapped environmental data sets. Embedded in the outstanding research environments of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the AI4ER CDT addresses problems that are relevant to building resilience to environmental hazards and managing environmental change. The primary application areas are:

  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Resources (food, water & resource security and biodiversity)

Students in the CDT cohorts engage in a one-year MRes degree in Physical Sciences (Environmental Data Science) which includes a taught component and a major research element, followed by a three-year PhD research project. Students will receive high-quality training in research, professional, technical and transferable skills through a focused core programme with an emphasis on the development of data science skills through hackathons and team challenges. Training is guided by personalised advice and the expertise of a network of partners in industry, government, the third sector and beyond.

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The MPhil in Earth Sciences is a 12-month full-time programme of research that introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. It involves carrying out an original piece of research and is examined on the basis of the research thesis. There are no taught courses. Most of our graduate students apply for PhD admission.

If you are interested in applying please get in touch directly with the Department to ascertain if you would be a suitable candidate before making an application.

You will receive training in research methods in a research topic for your project which is agreed with a supervisor in advance and can be in any area of the expertise in the Department's research groups. The project outline will be developed in consultation with your supervisor and will comprise original research leading to the advancement of knowledge. 

This master’s by research will provide you with a suitable background to work as a research assistant as well as with the grounding for further study towards a doctoral level research degree.

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We welcome research enquiries from those working for first degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials, biology and related subjects. Most research studentships lead to the PhD degree. We are also happy to devise projects with you, if you have specific interests that we share.  

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This course offers a full geological education up to the active research level. It is intended for students planning a career, further training or research within Geological Sciences, or for other students wanting the intellectual challenge of an advanced course in the Earth Sciences.

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This four-year doctoral training programme in Nuclear Energy is part of the multi-institutional EPSRC Nuclear Energy Futures CDT and aims to provide scientists and engineers with a broad overview of the nuclear energy sector in addition to in-depth training in a detailed area of civil nuclear energy.

The research project begins in the first year, but in this initial year of the four-year doctoral training programme, there are taught elements and required training visits to nuclear facilities in the UK and overseas in addition to research activity related to the student’s chosen research project.

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1 course also advertised in the Department of Earth Sciences

From the British Antarctic Survey

In this course a PhD is undertaken under the joint supervision of a research scientist at British Antarctic Survey and a University supervisor. The British Antarctic Survey welcomes enquiries from those interested in higher degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related subjects. Further projects may also be available in the University Department (see other entries in this list).

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Department Members


Professor James A Jackson
Head of Department

  • 34 Academic Staff
  • 40 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 80 Graduate Students
  • 200 Undergraduates

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