Department of Earth Science and Engineering
Total expected intake
80 (2017 entry)
Applications : Admissions ratio
4.1 : 1 (for 2015 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
2nd in the UK based on proportion of world-leading research
The principal challenge facing the world’s growing population is how to maintain sustainable access to the natural resources – water, energy and food – that are necessary for us to enjoy a good quality of life, while protecting the environment.
The science and engineering behind understanding and solving this challenge lie at the heart of earth science, an interdisciplinary subject which encompasses physics, chemistry, mathematics and other sciences.
Our dynamic and friendly Department brings together ground-breaking research and innovative teaching in geology, geophysics, mineral and energy resources, environmental science, planetary science and computational modelling.
We are based within the Royal School of Mines building and have excellent teaching and learning resources, including an international online database of rocks and minerals (the Rock Library) and industry-standard geology and geophysics software packages.
Our location gives us easy access to one of the finest fossil and mineral collections in the world, hosted at the Natural History Museum, just minutes away from the South Kensington Campus. Museum staff, who are world experts in geochemistry, mineralogy, mineral resources and palaeontology, also contribute to our teaching.
Three-year courses (195 ECTS):
Four-year courses (270 ECTS):