The breadth of our expertise, ranging across Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry and Geodynamics, allows us to lead the way in developing innovative interdisciplinary solutions to the biggest questions in Earth Science, allowing us to understand how the subsurface works, from atoms to plates and on timescales from seconds to billions of years.
A great attraction of the institute’s work is the diversity of techniques we employ, including field work, satellite imaging, laboratory studies and numerical computation. When not in Edinburgh, our staff are to be found all over the world, measuring seismic tremors to predict volcanic eruptions, drilling into the seafloor to recover the sediments which will unlock the secrets of ancient climates or finding dinosaur footprints at home in Scotland.
As a research student of the Geology and Geophysics programme at The University of Edinburgh you will have the opportunity to engage fully with our scientific community. We host a weekly seminar series alongside smaller research group meetings. Every year we hold an institute symposium at which we present the latest results and discuss the next great challenges to be tackled.
Programme StructureResearch topics
- Our subject is much more than an intellectual challenge; many of the greatest challenges facing humanity require Earth Science for their solution.
- Our scientists are leading the way in developing solutions in fields such as clean energy, natural hazards and climate change.
- This is reflected in our success in attracting research funding from both government and industry sources.
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology View 15 other PhDs in Geology in United Kingdom
A UK 2:1 honours 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.
International28000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 28000 GBP per year during 36 months.
Home fees have still to be agreed
PhD PT fees
- International/EU: £14,000
Living costs for Edinburgh
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