University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Earth Sciences

Research spans major branches of earth sciences including: experimental geophysics; seismology on land and at sea; earthquake seismology; crustal modelling; electromagnetic sounding; theoretical geophysics, igneous and metamorphic petrology and volcanology; tectonic, basin and crustal development; sedimentary geology and geochemistry; clay mineralogy; carbonate and siliciclastic diagenesis; palaeobiology and palaeoecology especially of graptolites and early metazoans; biomineralisation; mineral physics and chemistry; experimental petrology and mineralogy; Quaternary environmental change; palaeoceanography and marine micropalaeontology; marine chemistry and palaeochemistry; marine sediment dynamics; field areas are worldwide and currently include: Alpine-Himalayan belt; Pyrenees; Greece; Cyprus; Turkey; Malaysia; Southeast China; oceanic islands; India; Pakistan; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Scotland; Wales; all oceans and several shelf seas; research in mathematical aspects is conducted in institute for theoretical geophysics.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class Honours degree or overseas equivalent; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate competence in English (IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each element, or other acceptable test).

Sponsorship information

NERC, EPSRC and EU studentships; college and industry studentships; Cambridge Philosophical Society.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 23,889 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Telephone number: 
01223 333420