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Department of Earth Sciences


Welcome to Part III Earth Sciences, which is an MSc-level course. Having built up the basics over the past three years, the focus now shifts to the application of those principles, and a more critical, interrogative and creative approach to understanding how the planet works. Increasingly, the important insights in Earth Sciences turn up in the territory between the conventional disciplines, and the course is designed to encourage a breadth of research-level experience, even as you focus on your own research project. By the end of the course you will be in a position to take on advanced academic research—or any other occupation requiring analytical ability, intellectual dexterity, writing skills, presentation skills and self-motivation.

Introduction to Part III Earth Sciences

An overview of all the components in Part III Earth Sciences from the course co-ordinators.

Part III—Course Guide on Moodle.

A detailed guide to all aspects of the Part III course, including the Department, teaching, examinations, lab safety, and part III research projects can be found on Moodle.

Field trip


Eight-day field course in SE Spain over the Easter break.

Part III Project

Part III students undertake an independent research project in the Michaelmas Term of fourth year. Students need to begin thinking about this project in the Lent and Easter terms of third year. Useful project information is available in the Part III Project Guide.

Once students have chosen potential projects, and spoken to potential supervisors, they need to notify Department using the Part III Project form.

Supervision and Workload hours

Recommended supervision norms from the Senior Tutors' Committee.

More information

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