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University of Birmingham: Earth Sciences Research

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Study type Research


The Earth Sciences Research MSc facilitates independent research. Our research groups focus on the following themes: palaeobiology, palaeoclimatology, plate tectonics and volcanic processes.

Earth Sciences is a vibrant research and postgraduate teaching department with staff working on a broad range of research topics. An Earth Science Research MSc is a specialist research training pathway on a specific project, often taken by candidates with a future PhD in mind or with some prior work or research related experience. Taught content is minimal and the focus is on independent research. As such, the research training delivery is dependent on supervisory capacity and alignment with research group interests. We are always pleased to discuss individual research proposals from students. Applications would require a well-formulated research proposal, and would be followed by an interview stage. Note that additional bench fees or costs associated with laboratory work and/or field data collection may be required, depending on the project, and are not covered by the programme fees.

Many past and current graduate students on the Earth Science Research MSc receive funding from employers, overseas governments or are self-funded.

Our research groups focus on the following themes: - Palaeobiology

  • Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoceanography

  • Plate Tectonics

  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes

MSc (Res)

University of Birmingham


The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community of staff, students and researchers. As a founding Russell Group member and consistent top 100 university, Birmingham is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching and research and provides the best possible teaching, research facilities and support services to ensure postgraduates reach the peak of their potential.

With over 600 taught programmes and a wealth of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham has one of the most extensive postgraduate course portfolios in the UK enabling you to work and study alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multicultural community …

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