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II 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.


Key information

Part II Mapping Project

Previous Part II Mapping Projects and their locations

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.  Students need to begin thinking about this in the preceding Lent and Easter Terms.

Previous Part III Student Projects

Field trips

There are two field trips for the II courses:

  • Isle of Skye: at the beginning of the Summer vacation (as Part IB courses end)
  • Greece: at the beginning of the Christmas vacation

Refer to the Course Guide for further information about field trips.


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.

Safety Handbook

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