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Earth Sciences MPhil



What will I learn?

Our postgraduate students are led by internationally-renowned experts and enjoy a first-class experience in an exciting research environment.

Earth Science is one of the five subject disciplines within the School of Environmental Sciences at Liverpool. Each year we offer projects concerned with renewable energy (e.g. geothermal) and environmental challenges (e.g. carbon capture and storage, microplastics). Our projects are funded by international research organisations as well as industry and charities.

Earth Science research at Liverpool is exciting and dynamic, and has a tremendous breadth of topics. We are internationally recognised for our studies of both the solid Earth and Earth surface processes. We aim to understand the Earth and contribute to society’s energy and environmental efforts through studies that employ field, experimental, analytical and numerical techniques, providing an integrated approach to some of the most fundamental questions in our science.

We have unique, extensive and world-leading laboratory facilities for rock deformation, electron microscopy, geomagnetism, volcanology, seismology and diagenesis. We are also passionate about fieldwork and conduct field studies around the world.

We aim to produce researchers who are internationally recognised in their own fields and understand current environmental and academic research problems, and who also have strong, transferable research skills.

Which department am I in?

University of Liverpool

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
Students need to pay £25,950 for (lab based programmes), £20,400 for (non Lab based programmes) (2022).

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

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,


L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Students need to have an overall IELTS: 6.5 no band below 5.5; TOEFL: Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities

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