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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers undergraduate degrees (face-to-face and via distance learning) and postgraduate degrees, in an environment of active research. Complete University Guide award In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the department made a joint submission with UCL Earth Sciences and was rated 6th in the UK.

Teaching: We offer the only distance learning degrees (read more about them on our dedicated distance learning site) and certificates that are supported by full video footage of lectures streamed over the web supported by digital lecture notes (BSc Geology, BSc Earth Sciences, BSc Environmental Geology, BSc Planetary Sciences with Astronomy, plus certificates). Students can study from overseas, and over 3 years (UCAS entry), 4 and 6 years.

Free online taster course: You can sample content from the Structural Geology module (I) through this online course.

Research: We have 17 active research grants among our 12 academic staff (7 NERC grants, 2 Leverhulme grants, 4 STFC grants, 1 DEFRA grant, 1 UK Space Agency grant and 1 grant funded by industry).
We are part of the joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS).

New funded PhD studentships: We are one of the research centres for the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in environmental science. See Birkbeck projects.

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

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

Student Loans: Our promise to you: with a student loan, you'll pay nothing upfront. Check your eligibility.

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