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.
Staff in the School of Earth Sciences are also involved in some of the University's interdisciplinary research groups including:
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.
75% of our research activity is considered to be in the top two categories: world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*).
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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