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Part III Course Information

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, dexterity and experience.

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 III/MASt—Teaching for 2020-2021.

Part III Course Information

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

Field trips

  • Spain—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:

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.

Safety Handbook

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