Students with lecturer

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering is leading the way in Geoscience education. Within the department you will find all our staff are committed to ensuring a world-class education for all our students. 

We demonstrate our commitment to education through:

  • Education and accreditation of our teachers
  • Review and improvement of teaching
  • Pedagogic study 
With the recruitment of teaching fellows and an ethos of teaching excellence pervading through all our staff we have seen the student experience go from strength to strength"

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Teaching Excellence

Emma Passmore teaching

Education and accreditation of our teachers

Many staff are recognised Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, find out more about applying for HEA Fellowship.

The department has a number of Teaching Fellows which have a focus on education from delivery to strategic planning. Our teaching fellows have reach across the whole curriculum including the undergraduate Geology and Geophysics courses, field teaching, and our MSc courses. Our teaching staff are also supported by and have close links with the Imperial College Educational Development Unit.


Undergraduates using microscopes in Earth Science & Engineering

Review and improvement of teaching

We regularly review and update our courses in light of advances in subject based research and new technologies. We blend traditional and contemporary teaching methods appropriate to learning outcomes to create graduates with diverse skills and knowledge. Read more about our innovations in learning, for example making our teaching more interactive.

Pedagogy and recognition

Emma Passmore, Ian Bastow and Lizzie Day

Pedagogic Study

A number of members of the department also undertake their own pedagogic study and develop new methodologies. In particular, but not exclusively, we evaluate and promote the place of modern field based teaching in the modern Geoscience curriculum, develop new ways of teaching aspects of lab based geochemistry and develop and promote the teaching of computer programming to geoscientists. Read more about both the department’s and college’s evidence-based approach to teaching and learning.

Students on fieldtrip in Scotland

Recognition for our teaching excellence


The Department of Earth Science and Engineering is ranked 2nd for Geology in the Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2021, 3rd for Geology in the Complete University Guide 2021 and 3rd for Earth and Marine Sciences in the Guardian University Guide 2021 League Tables. 

Teaching awards

Our staff are regularly recognised by both the Student Union's Student Academic Choice Awards (SACA) and the President's Awards for Excellence in Education

SACA and President’s Awards