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Earth Sciences (Geology)

Studying Earth Sciences as a Visiting Student at Oxford means being based at one of the leading centres of geological research in the world. Our Department topped the UK University ranking for research quality in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework, and whilst here you will receive tuition from experts in your chosen subjects.

St Edmund Hall has the largest undergraduate intake of any Oxford College, and as a Visiting Student you would be joining a large and vibrant student community. The two College tutors are specialists in remote-sensing and the science of earthquakes (Dr Richard Walker) and palaeobiology (Dr Roger Benson).

The emphasis of both the teaching and research is on understanding the fundamental principles of geological processes. Theory, measurements, experiments, and observation of natural processes are all essential elements in the Earth Sciences. Successful applicants will have a strong background in mathematics and at least some aspects of the physical sciences.

Visiting Students are invited to select courses from within the existing undergraduate degree programme. The first two years of the Earth Sciences undergraduate course aim at providing a sound foundation across the subject. Subsequently, students are able to start to specialise, with a choice of options that take topics to a much greater depth. Full details of the courses are available on the Department's website.

The exact content of your courses will be decided in consultation with your tutors at St Edmund Hall and may depend on your existing academic strengths, what teaching resources are available at the time, and which term of study you intend being in Oxford.