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Find the earth sciences course for you

Study the planet we live on – how it was formed, how to manage disasters and solve the world's pressing problems

Earth sciences is the study of the Earth. Some Earth scientists investigate how the Earth and other planets formed, others explore energy and mineral resources, provide advice for safe construction, or study natural processes like volcanoes.

Professions in the Earth Sciences include palaeontologist, geologist, geotechnical engineer, engineering geologist and crisis and disaster management expert. Many Earth Scientists work in the field, but you can also use your knowledge as a consultant, laboratory technician or museum curator.

Why study Earth Sciences with us?

  • Some of our Earth sciences courses have been running for more than 50 years. Our lecturers include experts with academic and industry experience.
  • We have strong connections with industry - you could do a placement year with companies such as Leap Environmental, Mott MacDonald, or Enitial, and get valuable work experience ahead of graduating.
  • Benefit from Portsmouth's location on the south coast with field trips to nearby areas such as the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Wight, and overseas trips to Europe and Hong Kong.
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The fieldwork aspect of the course was fantastic, it was both educational and social, as well as a great opportunity to see some geologically and aesthetically beautiful places.

William Smith, Geology graduate

Professional accreditations

All of our courses are accredited by the Geological Society of London.

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