Ph. D. On Campus


The University of Exeter

48 months
18350 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


As a Geology PhD student at the The University of Exeter, you will lead research projects that have a significant impact on both your chosen field of study and wider society. 


We work on a variety of different topics including ore deposit geology, volcanology, palaeontology, palaeoclimate, and structural geology. We have strong links with the mining industry, and also with colleagues in the Geography and Biosciences departments to address issues of past environmental and ecological change.

Potential students with more of a focus on mining engineering, mineral processing, or the environmental impacts of mining may wish to investigate our Mining and Minerals PhD program instead.


At CSM we host a thriving, diverse, and international postgraduate research community with over 40 PhD students registered in 2019. You can see testimonials from some current and recent students here.

The Geology course at the The University of Exeter offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state-of-the-art analytical facilities and laboratories, and supervisors who are working at the cutting edge of their field.

We are proud of our supportive and inclusive environment, with our Geology PhD students routinely among the most satisfied in the university according to the annual PRES survey.

In recent years CSM Geology PhD graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, including postdocs and lectureships, and industry, including working for international mining and exploration companies, consultancies, and scientific instrumentation suppliers.

Programme Structure

Groups with a significant Geology focus include:

  • Active Earth
  • Ore deposits and critical metals
  • Deep time global change
  • Mining, environment and society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

An appropriate degree in Geology or Mining or a related subject, normally at 2:1 level or above.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18350 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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