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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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NSS 2018 results

Planetary geology is a key part of our research

Our researchers are investigating the potential for mining the Moon and the search for life in the universe.

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.

REF2014 research excellence

REF 2014 results ranked the department (in a joint submission with UCL) 6th in the UK. Research impact was considered outstanding and 90% of the department's research output was described as of high international standing.

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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) 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 5 active research grants among our 13 academic staff. (1 NERC grant, 1 Leverhulme grants, 2 STFC grants, 1 Royal Society ) Find out more.

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Funding and awards

STFC Studentship in Planetary Science starting 1 October 2018 - applications are now closed - project description for reference only.

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

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.

Visiting Research Fellow award at Australian National University for Professor Ian Crawford

Professor Crawford's Fellowship at ANU will support further research into astrobiology and space exploration.

Science Week 2018

Running from 18-21 June, Birkbeck Science Week will explore the research taking place at the College.

Human evolution, climate change and sampling bias

New research from Birkbeck questions the influence of climate change on human evolution.

Mentoring for science students broadens their career choices

Birkbeck's Mentoring Pathways scheme opens up opportunities for students from Earth and Planetary Sciences.

20 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Critical thinking for Postgraduate study 2018

Learn the skills you need to advance your critical thinking and research to the level expected for postgraduate study.

24 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Writing for Undergraduate study 2018

Reflect on your English skills and learn about styles and conventions of academic writing ready for your undergraduate course.

25 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Writing for Undergraduate study 2018

Reflect on your English skills and learn about styles and conventions of academic writing ready for your undergraduate course.

26 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Writing for Postgraduate study 2018

Learn the skills needed to identify and exercise independent thinking in your own writing.

28 September 2018 - 18:30: Get Ahead: Writing for Postgraduate study 2018

Learn the skills needed to identify and exercise independent thinking in your own writing.

Jenna and Ross explain why studying at Birkbeck was a good career move and a great experience