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Department of Earth Sciences


What is Earth made of? What processes shape and change it? What has happened to it during the past 4.5 billion years, and how do we know? What will happen to Earth in the future? These are the big questions that the IA Earth Sciences course seeks to answer. We take an overview of the whole subject in this first year course, enough to provide a firm basis for Geological Sciences courses in future years or to inform your work in other courses within NST.

Introduction to Part IA Earth Sciences

An overview of all the modules taught in Part IA Earth Sciences

Part IA—Course Guide

A detailed guide to all aspects of the Part IA course, including the Department, teaching, examinations, and lab safety.

Field trips

Please refer to the course guide.

Supervision and Workload hours

Recommended supervision norms from the Senior Tutors' Committee.

More information

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IA reference collection of rocks, minerals and fossils

This series is a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils used to aid the first year Earth Sciences students in their practical revision. It is not an exhaustive collection, but includes the range of specimens with which the first year students should become familiar.

IA Collections

Useful links

Term dates






All course materials can be found on the Earth Sciences Moodle course pages.

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Health & safety

Whether in the lab or out on fieldwork, you need to be aware of your health and safety, and what responsibilities you have to look after yourself and your colleagues. Please refer to the Safety Handbook.

Safety Handbook

Writing Fellow

Do you need help with any aspect of writing from generating ideas, planning and structure, to clarity and editing? Our Writing Fellow can help.