The school is recognised as one of the UK's most prominent centres for international research excellence and provides a dynamic, intellectually-stimulating environment. Our researchers are renowned as world-leaders in volcanology, isotope geochemistry, palaeobiology, experimental petrology and seismology.
- Marine and Terrestrial Environments (MATES)
- Crustal Processes and Hazards
- Global change, Natural Resources and Sustainability
- Evolution of Earth and Life
- Planetary Formation, Structure and Dynamics
Interdisciplinary research groups
Staff in the School of Earth Sciences are also involved in some of the University's interdisciplinary research groups including:
- Bristol Isotope Group
- Organic Geochemistry Unit
- Cabot Institute
- Bristol Oceans Past and Present (BOPP)
- Interface Analysis Centre
How our research rates
98% of our research activity is considered to be in the top two categories: "world-leading" (4*) and "internationally excellent" (3*).
These results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The school is currently involved in a wide range of research projects, many of which address some of the world's biggest challenges.
We are home to state-of-the-art laboratories capable of simulating temperature and pressure conditions at hundreds of kilometres deep within our planet; recreating conditions in ancient oceans and atmospheres; enabling us to understand the cycling of carbon in the environment and to investigate the evolution of life on Earth.
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World and UK rankings
- 2019 Complete University Guide - Geology : 8th in the UK
- 2018 QS World ranking by subject - Earth & Marine Sciences: 16th in the world and 4th in the UK
- 2018 US News Best Global Universities - Geosciences: 15th in the world and 2nd in the UK
- 2018 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - Earth Sciences: 15th in the world and 2nd in the UK
- 2017 CWUK World University Rankings – Paleontology: 1st in the world