Postgraduate study

The School of Earth Sciences has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. We offer a range of PhD and Masters programmes at the cutting edge of research. Research projects available for 2022 start.

Taught programmes


MSc Palaeobiology

Aimed at providing students with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for an applied career in museums, libraries, management, or the media.

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Detailed course information

Taught programmes


MSc Volcanology

Aimed at those who wish to proceed to higher-level academic research, and/or those interested in work related to risk management, aid and development.

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Detailed course information

Research programmes


PhD / MSc by research in Earth Sciences

Research across the full breadth of the Earth Sciences, including experimental and theoretical studies of physical, chemical and biological processes of the Earth.

MSc: 1 year full-time
PhD: 3 years full-time
Part-time equivalents available

Doctoral training


NERC GW4+ DTP - doctoral training in environmental sciences

A broad spectrum of academic and non-academic partners have created an innovative training programme that responds to current and future needs in Earth and environmental sciences. 

University of Bristol Earth Sciences project titles are here.

Doctoral training


BBSRC South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership

A fully-funded, four-year programme providing cutting-edge world-class bioscience and food security research skills alongside a thorough training in numerical and systems based approaches.

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