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Earth Sciences, PhD/MPhil

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

We undertake research across a wide range of the earth sciences and are always pleased to discuss individual research proposals from students. Our research groups focus on the following themes: hydrogeology; palaeobiology and palaeoenvironments; palaeoclimatology and subsurface structure and properties.

Career

Past and current PhD students in Earth Sciences from University of Birmingham have been and are funded by the research councils, the petroleum industry, the water industry, the European Union, Nirex, the British Council and overseas governments, and this PhD will equip you to work in organisations such as these.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      PhD: 3 years full-time; MSc (Research); 1 year full time.

    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our research groups focus on the following themes:

  • Palaeobiology
  • Palaeoclimates
  • Dynamic Earth

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Entry on to the courses requires a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4380 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU students: £2,190 PT

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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