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What will I learn?

The Department of Earth Sciences is research-led, offering postgraduate research students state-of-the-art facilities in purpose built accomodation (the Arthur Holmes Building) located on the University's Science Site. We are a leading Earth Science Department with researchers and teachers of the highest international calibre housed in a new, state-of-the-art building with bespoke facilities. Major research units in the Department include: the Centre for Research in Earth Energy Systems and the Terrestrial Laser Scanning facility. The Department co-hosts the UK Ocean-Bottom Instrumentation Consortium and is a key collaborator in the University-wide the Institute for Hazard, Risk & Resilience and Durham Energy Institute. The nationally accredited postgraduate courses provided by the Department of Earth Sciences in Durham offer the perfect start to a career in the earth and environmental sciences. Our courses are tailored to suit both academic and industry career progression. Our degrees are also widely recognised as an excellent general degree qualification by a broad range of employers in the financial services and education sectors. The pre-eminent position of Durham Earth Sciences in the UK coupled to our close links to industry, especially at a postgraduate level really give our graduates the edge they need when competing for jobs. The UK and indeed the world in the 21st century needs Earth Scientists more than ever and a degree at Durham will ensure that you are able to maximise this opportunity and develop a successful career and play your part in society. MSc by Research for a full year at Durham offers you the opportunity to pursue an independent research project while benefitting from the support of expert supervision. Develop an understanding of research study, linking your research project directly to your current or future career interests, and obtain a taste of what more advanced PhD study might entail.

Which department am I in?

Earth Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£21,465.00 (22,16,225) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 October 2021

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Masters Degree.

For international students

A UK upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences or related subjects). Students need to have: IELTS: 6.5 with no component under 6.0; TOEFL iBT: 92 (no component under 23); 176 (minimum of 169 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE; Pearson Academic (PTE): 62 (with no less than 56 in each Communicative Skill).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Durham University

Durham University connects a rich history with modern values to create a well-respected and forward thinking institution

  • Durham hosts over 18,000 students from across the world
  • Ranked 34th in the world for graduate employability
  • The university received the TEF Gold teaching standard
  • Durham is one of the top 10 universities in the UK