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Department of Earth Sciences


Now you understand the fundamentals of Earth Sciences, Part II will take you towards the boundaries of the subject, and the areas of active research and controversies. As such, you will now be getting to grips with some of the primary scientific literature, and encountering subject areas where we do not yet know the definite answer. This is exciting and interesting, but will involve you making some changes to the way you work. We will talk about this in the Skills Course at the start of Michaelmas term.

Part II—Course Guide on Moodle

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

Part II Physical Sciences—Half Subject Earth Sciences

Information for students taking Earth Sciences as a half-subject toward a Physical Sciences degree can be found in Section 4 of the course guide (on Moodle).

Field trips


Twelve-day mapping field course in Scotland immediately after Easter term of second year, in preparation for independent mapping projects.


Seven-day field course at the beginning of the Christmas break.

For more information on field trips, please refer to the course guide.

Part II projects

Students at Part II Earth Sciences will usually do a mapping project in the summer between Part IB and Part II. Full information can be found in the Part II Project Guide.

Part III Project

Those students who go on to take Part III Earth Sciences will be doing 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:

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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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

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