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Department of Earth Sciences

False colour satellite image of tidewater glaciers picked out in bright blue, flowing into Glacier Bay Alaska

The Cambridge Earth Sciences Department is one of the UK's premier research institutions, and home to many world-class researchers. We welcome enquiries about postgraduate study from students who are currently working toward, or have acquired, first degrees in: Earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, material science, biology, or other related subjects.


MASt in Earth Sciences

A one-year taught master's level course, comprising a research project, taught option modules, and seminars—provides an Earth Sciences education up to active research level.

MPhil in Earth Sciences by Research Thesis (1 Year)

A one-year research master's level course for students who are typically from countries that operate shorter degree courses than in the UK.

PhD in Earth Sciences

Our principal postgraduate degree course—independent advanced study and research into topics across the Earth Sciences, and guided by our world-class academic staff.

PhD (Overseas Students)

Information for international students on funding, etc.

More information

If you would like to discuss your research interests with us, or find out about a particular project or the Department, then please contact a relevant member of our academic staff based on their research interests. For more information about postgraduate study at Cambridge, please see the University's Postgraduate Admissions pages or contact .

For each postgraduate course the Department considers all applications together as a separate gathered field in the early part of the Lent term. Applicants who are eligible for funding in the US Gates round will be considered earlier, as a gathered field in late December/early January.

PhD research at Cambridge Earth Sciences video

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