Ph.D. On Campus

Earth Sciences

Cardiff University

42 months
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Underpinned by substantial external funding, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences vibrant research environment provides Cardiff University's Earth Sciences PhD and MPhil students with opportunities to work with world experts and use high-quality research equipment.


Our School of Earth and Environmental Sciences' postgraduate research degrees  are based on independent full-time research work, with an academic supervisor to guide you in discovering new and exciting areas.

Distinctive features

Cardiff University's facilities and equipment underpin research in all branches of Earth Sciences.

From the latest analytical techniques to a coastal research vessel, our facilities support research and teaching activities within the School. 

These include:

  • 3D seismic laboratory - We use high-resolution, industry-sourced seismic data and cutting-edge analytical and interpretive techniques to address a wide ranging of research questions.
  • Electron microbeam facility- Our microscope can be used to image objects such as minerals and microfossils at a magnification far exceeding the capabilities of an optical microscope.
  • Terrestrial laser scanner- Offering superior measurement capability in adverse atmospheric conditions.
  • RV Guiding Light - Our coastal research vessel enables us to better understand marine issues, from sea level rise through coastal erosion and management.
  • Palaeoclimate and climate systems facility- Our Palaeoclimate and climate systems facility can offer high precision trace element and stable isotope analyses in a range of natural materials.

Programme Structure

Research themes:

Our three broad research centres bring together expertise across the School to work on significant projects. Each centre is responsible for addressing key research themes across Earth and Environmental Sciences.

  • Centre for Solid Earth and Natural Resources deals with the composition and dynamic evolution of the Earth's mantle and crust, including its mineral and petroleum resources.
  • Centre for Geobiology and Geochemistry focuses on the Earth's surface, including in and under its oceans, where life has evolved and profoundly affected environments over billions of years.
  • Centre for Resilience and Environmental Change investigate the causes and consequences of changes in the Earth system, in the ocean, atmosphere and on land, from the geological past into the present and future.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 42 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Where applications are not in response to any advertised topic, research proposals are welcomed but not essential, informal enquiries with potential supervisors are also encouraged. 
  • The inclusion of a CV and any available funding information should be included with a preliminary enquiry.
  • Graduates in appropriate science subject such as Geology or Environmental Science, with at least a First Class or 2:1 Honours degree, or a master's.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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