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Department of Earth Sciences


Providing an exceptional experience for students

Past students say: 

"I have found myself continually pushed, intellectually challenged, but consistently enthralled. An incredibly exciting course, an amazing academic environment, a fantastic education. I could not have asked for anything more."

"The course and those teaching it have really captured my enthusiasm with interesting, frontier teaching material and outstanding support for my academic, professional and personal development.

Cambridge Earth Sciences graduates are highly sought after by employers. What sets them apart is their sound science and maths ability from the Natural Sciences programme, their geological confidence from the supervision system, and the breadth of their interests from the many extracurricular opportunities in Cambridge. 

We are committed to nurturing the unique passions and talents of every student. We provide the opportunities for them to pursue their geological interests beyond the boundaries of their course, and encourage creative thinking to help them achieve their full potential.

The Sedgwick Club at Cambridge is the oldest student-run geological society in the world. By organising visiting speakers, students are able to hear world experts on topics they are passionate about. By planning field trips and outreach activities, they can enrich their studies with real-world experiences. From attending international conferences, to joining societies, to acting as field assistants to others, the varied opportunities on offer all contribute to the distinctive nature of the Cambridge experience. 

The study of Earth Sciences at Cambridge provides a fascinating insight into how our planet works, from its geological history, to its current processes, to what the future may hold. Drawing on every scientific discipline, this is superb training for a wide range of careers not only in the oil and gas industries, but in areas as diverse as environmental geology, mineral exploration, teaching and finance. Cambridge is training future leaders by giving them the opportunities to enrich their studies and find their own direction.

With your gift we can continue to make the study of Earth Sciences at Cambridge an exceptional experience.

For further information, please talk to Professor Richard Harrison, Head of Department, e: , t: 01223 333400.

To make an online donation to the Student Support Fund please visit our online giving page for the Earth Sciences Student Support Fund. Alternatively, you can make a donation by cheque or credit card via our postal donation form. Do please let us know if your intention is to make a donation so that we may thank you from the department, contact Alison at.

UK tax payers can use Gift Aid to make a donation worth more. For every pound you give, the department get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue and Customs, at no extra cost to yourself, this is of enormous benefit.

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Earth Sciences Fieldwork Fund