Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Earth Surface Processes

Our research group investigates the physical processes (including human activities) that create the environments and landscapes in which we live. Our work develops insight into the states, behaviours, and dynamics of the Earth's surface through a combination of field research, laboratory experimentation, and numerical modelling. Recent research by group members examines the dynamics of meandering rivers (Constantine, Lazarus); the role of vegetation in controlling mass movements (Hales, Constantine); the mechanical and physical properties of hydrophobic soils (Lourenco); and the controls on periglacial weathering in mountainous regions (Hales).There is also a strong coastal component to the group. Applied research in environmental pollution and protection (Jones) comprises another component of the group, which maintains close links with industrial partners.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent is required in Earth, ocean and planetary sciences, chemistry and physics.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,062 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MPhil Full-time £ 4,062 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 17,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cathays Park Campus Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales

Key information

Telephone number: 
029 2087 4830