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Geology and Geophysics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute studies the physical and chemical properties, origin and history of the Earth, and encompasses the major disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geodynamics, meteorology and geophysics.

We bring together hitherto separate fields to understand the way in which the Earth’s subsurface works: from atoms to plates, and on timescales ranging from seconds to billions of years.

Research areas in the Geology and Geophysics degree from The University of Edinburgh

Our research is applied to areas as diverse as carbon capture and storage and the examination of diamonds from the lower mantle.

The Edinburgh Earth Observatory, part of the Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute, is a multidisciplinary research unit, which provides a strategic focus and support base for the University’s expertise in the geosciences. Its main research focus is on understanding the Earth and its environment through the effective exploitation of both in situ and remote observations.

The Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute grouping, and the associated new joint Graduate School established by the Edinburgh Regional Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics, now contains Europe’s largest grouping of subsurface research geologists and specialist geophysicists in a single city.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

We have special expertise in:

  • mineralogy
  • igneous, metamorphic and experimental petrology
  • palaeontology
  • sandstone and carbonate diagenesis
  • tectonics
  • rock physics and chemistry
  • petroleum geoscience
  • seismic imaging
  • seismic sequence stratigraphy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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General Requirements

  • A UK undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.
  • We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £11,750

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • E4 Doctoral Training Partnership
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
  • Research Scholarships for international students

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