• PhD Geology
  • MSc by Research Geology
Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date September, January or April

Research overview


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

Research groups at the Camborne School of Mines conduct research spanning the full range of the geosciences. Groups with a significant Geology focus include:

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.

Entry requirements

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

IELTS (Academic)

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.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

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

Tuition Fees per year 2022/23

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Tuition Fees per year 2021/22

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.

Contact us

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
WebEnquire online

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