University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Geology and Geophysics

The research degree in Geology and Geophysics draws on expertise from the School's Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute. 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. Expertise We have special expertise in: - mineralogy - igneous, metamorphic and experimental petrology - palaeontology - sandstone and carbonate diagenesis - tectonics - rock physics and chemistry - petroleum geoscience - seismic imaging - seismic sequence stratigraphy Research areas 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.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

See our website for detailed programme information.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time January 2020 - 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time January 2020 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time February 2020 - 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time February 2020 - 6 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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Key information

Postgraduate Secretary - Karolina Galera (School of GeoSciences)
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