Ph.D. On Campus

Earth Sciences

University of Cambridge

36 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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If you are exploring the possibility of a PhD degree in Earth Sciences at The University of Cambridge  you will have either done an undergraduate degree in an earth science subject or, perhaps, want to use your degree from another science subject such as physics, chemistry, mathematics or biological sciences; be relishing the stimulus of one of the UK's premier research departments.


Our students are greatly sought-after. Many of the research fellows have also subsequently gone into industry, university and research institute posts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the  Earth Sciences programme at The University of Cambridge, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • produced a thesis for examination.

Programme Structure

  • Thesis / Dissertation
  • The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls.
  • All PhD students will be expected to submit a short report within eight months of starting. 
  • Students will also be expected to complete transferable skills training during the PhD.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time:  

  • National: £5,306
  • International: £19,411

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

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