As a Geology PhD student at the Camborne School of Mines, you will lead research projects that have a significant impact on both your chosen field of study and wider society. We work on a variety of different topics including ore deposit geology, volcanology, palaeontology, palaeoclimate, and structural geology. We have strong links with the mining industry, and also with colleagues in the Geography and Biosciences departments to address issues of past environmental and ecological change.
Potential students with more of a focus on mining engineering, mineral processing, or the environmental impacts of mining may wish to investigate our Mining and Minerals PhD program instead.
Research groups at the Camborne School of Mines conduct research spanning the full range of the geosciences. Groups with a significant Geology focus include:
- Active earth
- Ore deposits and critical metals
- Deep time global change
- Mining, environment and society
Please look at the research group pages and the linked staff profiles to find potential supervisors in your field of interest. We are always happy to discuss potential PhD or MSc by Research topics with you.
At CSM we host a thriving, diverse, and international postgraduate research community with over 40 PhD students registered in 2019. You can see testimonials from some current and recent students here.
We offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state-of-the-art analytical facilities and laboratories, and supervisors who are working at the cutting edge of their field.
We are proud of our supportive and inclusive environment, with our Geology PhD students routinely among the most satisfied in the university according to the annual PRES survey.
In recent years CSM Geology PhD graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, including postdocs and lectureships, and industry, including working for international mining and exploration companies, consultancies, and scientific instrumentation suppliers.
As a Geology student, you will play an instrumental part in research projects that have a significant impact on both your chosen field of study and wider society; from pioneering new intelligent prospecting and extraction methods to understanding the effects of ancient global climate change.
Research groups at the Camborne School of Mines include:
- High employability with major and junior mining and exploration companies, consultants and government agencies
- Multidisciplinary expertise in mining and minerals engineering, geology and surveying
- World class research facilities include £2 million analytical mineralogy labs and an automated QEMSCAN scanning electron microscope; the first in any university worldwide
- Outstanding relationships and reputation with international industry
- 43rd for Engineering – Minerals and Mining in the QS World University Rankings 2017
Based at the University’s £100 million Penryn Campus near Falmouth, the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) has an international reputation for research and teaching related to the understanding and management of the Earth's natural processes, resources and the environment.
We are a unique multidisciplinary department offering a range of specialised programmes, drawing upon our research expertise in mining and minerals engineering, applied geology and mineralogy, surveying and renewable energy.
We offer postgraduates an outstanding research environment with state of the art analytical facilities and laboratories with excellent rates of graduate employment.
Entry requirements 2018
An appropriate degree in Geology or Mining or a related subject, normally at 2:1 level or above.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
- UK/EU: £4,320* full-time; £pro-rata part-time
- International: £23,700 full-time
Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 5 per cent per year of study.
*This is the expected UK/EU fee. The UK/EU tuition fees are set in line with Research Councils UK fee levels which have not yet been set for 2019 entry. Once these are set in March 2019 we will email to confirm the tuition fees for your programme. The 2019/20 fee will not increase by more than 3% from the 2018/19 fee.
Tuition fees per year 2018/19
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £23,000 full-time
Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 3 per cent per year of study.
We always welcome enquiries from students interested in undertaking a PhD in any areas of our research, and are happy to discuss scholarship and external funding opportunities.
Phone: +44 (0) 1326 371801
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