Ph.D. On Campus

Marine Geology and Geophysics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

60 months
26725 USD/year
26725 USD/year
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The Marine Geology and Geophysics program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studies the life in the oceans—the distribution, abundance, and production of marine species along with the processes that govern species' spread and development.


The Marine Geology and Geophysics program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focuses on understanding how our earth works by investigating...

  • The structure of the earth beneath the oceans
  • The processes that shape the seafloor
  • The interactions between geological and biological systems
  • The history of ocean circulation patterns and climate change preserved in seafloor and lake sediments, corals, ice sheets, and other natural archives
  • Climate variability and impacts

Interdisciplinary work

Investigators from different disciplines also often work together with the goal of understanding the interactions between earth's processes, the oceans, and ecosystems. 

Geological processes influence the chemistry of the oceans and impact the distribution of organisms. Similarly, biological processes affect the chemistry of the oceans and sediments, and can even alter the composition of oceanic crust. Climate studies are naturally interdisciplinary.

Research tools and techniques

To explore the seafloor, marine geologists and geophysicists use a wide range of research tools and techniques, including field work, laboratory analyses, and numerical modeling. 

Many go to sea on research vessels to collect data and samples, either remotely using geophysical tools, rock dredging, sediment coring, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), or directly using a submersible.

While climate scientists also often use seafloor samples, they also use other natural archives such as lake and marsh sediment, corals, ice sheets, cave deposits, and trees to develop climate reconstructions.  

Across these subdisciplines, cruises and field work are typically followed by extensive data and/or sample analysis in the laboratory, and interpretation and modeling of the results.

Unique opportunity

In the Joint Program, graduate students have a unique opportunity for training and research in fields including geophysics, petrology and geochemistry, coastal processes, past, present, and future climate variability and impacts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Coastal Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Marine geology/geophysics/tectonics
  • Paleoceanography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


150 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In the application, you will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three people to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf
  • Transcripts
  • You will be required to describe the grading system(s) used at all colleges and universities you have attended. Explain the specific meaning of any numeric values, letter grades, and rankings
  • English Language Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Statement of Objectives

Tuition Fee

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    26725 USD/year
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    26725 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 26725 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /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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