Visiting Students - Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences is the study of the planet we live upon. We combine physics, chemistry and biology with geology, geography and palaeontology to answer fundamental questions about the origin, development, and future of the Earth.

You will receive a rigorous training in the way that our planet works, as well as addressing some of the major issues of our times:

  • The origin of the Solar System, the Earth, and Life
  • Physics and chemistry of the Earth’s interior
  • Plates, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Interactions between the atmosphere, oceans and the solid earth
  • The climate system
  • The fate of glaciers and ice sheets
  • Chemical and biological evolution of the oceans
  • Natural hazards
  • Natural resources

The Oxford Earth Sciences department has received the top grading in all teaching and research assessments since national assessments began. A major reason for the success of our undergraduate course is its close link between
research and teaching. The emphasis on teaching in Oxford is not just about feeding you information, or getting you through exams: its more about training you to think, to solve problems and to apply your understanding to new
situations. You will be taught by some of the world’s best Earth Scientists, with unparalleled access to tutors and lecturers, both formally in the classroom, and more informally on our many field trips.

Course Information

Our combination of lectures, practicals, field teaching, and tutorials provide an unrivalled education in the Earth Sciences. More informatiom on the various course modules can be found here.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a vital part of an Earth scientist’s training. Our field courses are designed to provide a wide range of practical exercises and field experience in geology and geophysics: observing, measuring, recording, mapping, and problem-solving. Additionally, in the first and second year, our courses prepare students for their own independent mapping projects. For many, the individual mapping is the highlight of their undergraduate career.

Fieldwork costs

Fieldwork requires some basic equipment. Safety equipment such as helmets, hivis vests and goggles are provided by the Department, free of charge. Over the past five years, basic field equipment such as mapping notebooks, Estwing hammer, etc. has been provided for students by an anonymous alumni donor. We are grateful to the Oxford Geology Group for their support in providing some essential equipment, and to BP for providing compass clinometers to all students at the start of the course. More information can be found here.