Students on a field trip

Key facts

Total expected intake
80 (2018 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio
4.1 : 1 (for 2015 entry)

Research Excellence Framework
2nd in the UK based on proportion of world-leading research

About the Department

Imperial's Department of Earth Science and Engineering brings together ground-breaking research and innovative teaching.

Earth Science is an interdisciplinary subject which encompasses physics, chemistry, mathematics and other classical sciences. Our Department is unique in that for some areas we are able to combine aspects of engineering to our study of the Earth. This give us an understanding of how our planet works, from its internal core, crust and oceans, to the atmosphere and our solar system as well as addressing practical problems in the everyday world.

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.

Based within the Royal School of Mines building on our South Kensington Campus, we 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 just minutes away at the Natural History Museum. 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):

You should apply to only one course within the department as there is no benefit to applying to multiple degrees. There is detailled information on transfers between courses on each of the pages above, and generally you can transfer to another course within the department up to the start of spring term in the first year.