Department of Earth Science and Engineering

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PhD student Maryam in the Natural Magnetism Lab in White City

Our research

Earth and Planets

Research in this area focuses on understanding the deep Earth, surface processes and the evolution of solid bodies within our solar system. Find out more about earth and planets.

Natural Resources Geoscience and Engineering

Research in this area focuses on the extraction of energy and related resources from the subsurface coupled with minimisation of environmental impact, including carbon capture and storage. Find out more about natural resources geoscience and engineering.

Computational Geoscience and Engineering

Research in this area focuses on modelling  renewable energy supply, the sustainable production of earth resources, and mitigating environmental impacts and risks. Find out more about computational geoscience and engineering.


Study Earth Science and Engineering

Interested in Earth Science? 

Our department has been ranked 2nd in the UK for Geology in the Times and Sunday Times World University Rankings 2022, and Imperial College was named 'University of the Year' for 2022.

If you want to know more about studying in our department and about courses that are available to you, explore our course pages.


The best possible training to enable the development of observational and field skills with the fundamental science required to understand Earth processes and systems. Find out more about undergraduate courses or email the Admissions Tutor with your queries.

Taught postgraduate

We offer first-class facilities and supervision with academic excellence, and our technical support and teaching has facilitated remote fieldwork during the disruption and remote studying of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more about postgraduate study with us, including the Metals and Energy Finance MSc, a joint programme between the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and Imperial College Business School, and our newly introduced Geo-Energy with Machine Learning and Data Science MSc.


Opportunities cover the full range of Earth Science-related fields. Find out more about PhD opportunities in the Department.