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MSc Earth Sciences Research

The Earth Sciences Research programme from University of Birmingham facilitates independent research. Our research groups focus on the following themes: palaeobiology, palaeoclimatology, plate tectonics and volcanic processes.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year 
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,040 per year
Location: Online

Why study this course?

Postgraduate students joining the School benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff. All postgraduate students are provided with dedicated workspaces and have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

The research groups focus on the following themes:

  • Palaeobiology
  • Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoceanography
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanic and Magmatic Processes

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The employment record for our Earth Science masters course are excellent. Graduates of the Earth Sciences Research programme from University of Birmingham take up careers in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad and many have gone on to reach senior levels in industry, academia, and governmental positions, in the UK and overseas. Many take up PhD opportunities and move into research. A number have won national and international awards for their contributions.


  • Entry on to the courses requires a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject

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