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Part II Course Information

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.

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. For information about the changes please refer to Part II—Teaching for 2020-2021.

Part II Course Information

Use the links below to find out more information about the Part II Earth Sciences course:

Field trips

  • Skye—12-day mapping field course in Scotland immediately after Easter term of second year, in preparation for independent mapping projects.
  • Greece—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 mapping project

Students who continue onto Part II Earth Sciences will have to do a mapping project in the summer between Part IB and Part II. Useful information for mapping is available in:

Once students have decided upon a mapping location, they need to notify Department using the Part II Field Project form.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact our 

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

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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.

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