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The research degree in Geology and Geophysics draws on expertise from the School’s Earth and Planetary Science research institute.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
The Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute studies the physical and chemical properties, origin and history of the Earth, and encompasses the major disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geodynamics, meteorology and geophysics.
We bring together hitherto separate fields to understand the way in which the Earth’s subsurface works: from atoms to plates, and on timescales ranging from seconds to billions of years.
We have special expertise in:
Our research is applied to areas as diverse as carbon capture and storage and the examination of diamonds from the lower mantle.
The Edinburgh Earth Observatory, part of the Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute, is a multidisciplinary research unit, which provides a strategic focus and support base for the University’s expertise in the geosciences. Its main research focus is on understanding the Earth and its environment through the effective exploitation of both in situ and remote observations.
The Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute grouping, and the associated new joint Graduate School established by the Edinburgh Regional Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics, now contains Europe’s largest grouping of subsurface research geologists and specialist geophysicists in a single city.
Research students have access to an exceptionally wide range of masters taught and research-training courses offered by the broad interdisciplinary interests within the School.
We also provide generic courses specific to research student needs and requirements.
We encourage all our students to undertake demonstrating and tutoring work for the School's undergraduate programmes, for which appropriate training is given.
The group is equipped to world-class standards, and hosts a number of national analytical facilities, mainly on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council: ion microprobe, geophysical equipment, field spectroscopy and tephra chronology service.
We have privileged access to the isotope geochemistry labs at Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).
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This article was published on Apr 25, 2013