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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London

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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Geology at Birkbeck

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Extensive fieldwork opportunities

We provide opportunities for students to participate in fieldwork at locations around the globe.

At postgraduate and MPhil/PhD level we support your independent fieldwork projects.

Study geology with us - benefit from our facilities and research expertise

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Study with us through distance learning

The option to study through distance learning for our undergraduate and selected postgraduate courses, helps students to combine study with their work and family commitments.

Planetary geology is a key part of our research

Our researchers are investigating the potential for mining the Moon, landing sites for the ExoMars 2018 mission and astrobiology, the search for life in the universe.

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Distance learning degrees

We offer the only distance learning degrees (BSc Geology, BSc Earth Sciences, BSc Environmental Geology, BSc Planetary Sciences with Astronomy, MSc Geochemistry) and certificates supported by full lecture videos (streamed over the web) and digital lecture notes.
Sample our free online taster course: Structural Geology (module 1)

Research

We have 13 active research grants among our 16 academic staff. (5 NERC grants, 2 Leverhulme grants, 3 STFC grants, 2 UK Space Agency grants, 1 DEFRA grant) Find out more.

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Funding and awards

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Projects We are one of the research centres for this PhD funding programme.

Emily Paige Short Pioneer Fund Financial assistance for students in their academic activities beyond normal study in the area of petrology and related fields.

Tim Newling Fund Funding for field classes for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Fossilised rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars

Findings of new study mean planet may once have had an environment able to support life

Birkbeck rated top in the country in five subject areas in National Student Survey

Birkbeck has been rated number one in the country for overall course satisfaction in five subject areas, according to the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), announced today (10 August).

Birkbeck and the European Union

Birkbeck will continue to welcome students, staff and visitors from across the EU and further afield

08 October 2016 - 11:00: Get Started - October 2016

27 October 2016 - 15:00: Graduate Careers Fair

03 November 2016 - 18:00: Get Started - November 2016

03 December 2016 - 11:00: Get Started - December 2016

07 January 2017 - 11:00: Get Started - January 2017

Online taster course
Structural Geology: Lecture 1, part 1

Jenna Lee: why studying at Birkbeck was a good career move and a great experience