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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 2008, alongside our UCL colleagues, our joint research was ranked third of all Environment and Earth Science departments in the UK and one of only three to have an average score higher than 3.0 in the Research Assessment Exercise. We will have a joint REF submission with UCL Earth Sciences in 2014.

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.
London NERC DTP has now opened for 2015 PhD student applications - see Birkbeck projects.
Deadline for applications extended to January 11 2015.

Tim Newling Fund: This helps students with funding for field classes. Please contact Stephen Jenkins (s.jenkins@bbk.ac.uk) for further details.

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

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