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Welcome to Birkbeck

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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STFC PhD Studentship in Planetary Science

Applications now open – more about the project and find out how to apply

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 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.

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.

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.