University Of Bristol Earth Sciences
The School of Earth Sciences is situated at the historic heart of the University campus, in the neo-Gothic Wills Memorial Building. Part of the internationally acclaimed Faculty of Science, our school is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the Earth Sciences, having been ranked in the top four UK departments of its kind since 2001. The current Head of School is Professor Michael Walter.
One of the school’s greatest research strengths is the truly collegiate atmosphere fostered by a fluid grouping of research activities with emphasis on excellence and interdisciplinarity. Our research activity is organised into five groups covering everything from climate and environmental change, to palaeobiology and geochemistry.
Researchers collaborate across the groups to investigate issues such as the evolution and architecture of the Earth, global biogeochemical cycles, evolution of biodiversity and morphology, and geological hazards and risks. We attract major support and financial investment from a diverse range of sources, including RCUK and particularly NERC, the EU, the Royal Society and other charitable bodies, and industry.
The school boasts some of the best research laboratories in the UK, with a further £3 million being spent by the University on upgrading facilities. Our research output is prolific, with over 120 ISI cited papers published each year in leading scientific journals.
The school currently offers eleven undergraduate degrees. Nine single honours degrees which cover three main disciplines, Geology, Environmental Geosciences and Geophysics, each with BSc, MSci and year-abroad study options and, currently, two joint programmes with the School of Biological Sciences. These joint honours programmes will become single honours Palaeontology and Evolution degrees in 2017/18.
The aim of all undergraduate programmes is to develop an enthusiasm for the Earth Sciences as a foundation for meeting the scientific challenges of the future through a learning experience informed by our position at the forefront of international research. Our students benefit from learning a wide range of scientific and transferable skills that equip them with the confidence to succeed in their chosen professional or academic career. The undergraduate student society, Bristol University Geology and Geoscience Society (BUGGS), is run by elected officers, who each year organise student-run fieldtrips, informal staff seminars at a local pub, social events and an annual ball.
The Earth Sciences Graduate School hosts approximately 120 students from across the world. We have a rich and integrated community of students undertaking PhD study. Our students are regularly recognised by national and international awards, and the majority go on to research positions at the post-doctoral level.
We offer two taught Masters programmes, an MSc in Palaeobiology, and an MSc in Volcanology. We also offer a one year Masters by Research. The postgraduate students organise a number of events including an annual cross-faculty scientific poster fair, a seminar series and social events.
Curious about the origins of the Earth, dinosaurs, human evolution and volcanoes? Study Earth Sciences to learn everything about these topics and more.
Field classes, practicals, laboratory work and tutorials are part of an innovative and stimulating learning experience. Our courses are the ideal training for jobs including research, industry, the media and education.
- BSc Geology
UCAS code F600, 3 years full-time
- MSci Geology
UCAS code F603, 4 years full-time
- BSc Geophysics
UCAS code F661, 3 years full-time
- MSci Geophysics
UCAS code F662, 4 years full-time
- BSc Environmental Geoscience
UCAS code F640, 3 years full-time
- MSci Environmental Geoscience
UCAS code F641, 4 years full-time
- MSci Geology with Study Abroad
UCAS code F609, 4 years full-time
- MSci Environmental Geoscience with Study Abroad
UCAS code F644, 4 years full-time
- MSci Geophysics with Study Abroad
UCAS code F663, 4 years full-time
- BSc Palaeontology and Evolution – new for 2017
UCAS code CF17, 3 years full-time
- MSci Palaeontology and Evolution – revised for 2017
UCAS code CF16, 4 years full-time
School of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Bristol BS8 1RJ
Tel +44 (0) 117 954 5400
Fax +44 (0)117 954 5420
|Head of School||Professor Michael Walterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Manager||Jane Colesemail@example.com|
|Senior Executive Assistant||Sue Amesburyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director of Research||Dr James Wookeyemail@example.com|
|Director of Undergraduate Studies||Dr Mary Bentonfirstname.lastname@example.org|