- Department of Earth Sciences (map)
Cambridge CB3 9EQ
- +44 (0)1223 333421
- +44 (0)1223 333450
- See also:
- Graduate Studies Prospectus Entry.
The Department of Earth Sciences is an exciting place to be as a graduate student. It hosts over 70 graduates with a yearly intake of 15-20, all finding their niche in the different research groups based either in the center of town or at the Bullard Labs. The equipment and facilities provided are outstanding: ranging from one of the best stocked libraries in the country to excellent computing and analytical facilities.
The very best asset of the department is the outstanding social life. Our large tea room, featuring the famous rock “coffee table”, hosts the morning coffee and afternoon tea. A heaving mass of undergrads, postgrads and staff mingle after hours during “Happy Hour”, supplied with cheap drinks. Sports events are also regularly fixed both within and between departments. There is a healthy football competition between the “downtown” site and the Geophysicists. They are hosted in the Bullard Labs on Madingley Rise, which boasts both a pleasant subculture and beautiful gardens. The annual postgrad dinner and Sedgwick club events not only ensure a group of good friends within the department but also fuel weeks of gossip!
There are plenty of opportunities to demonstrate practicals and to supervise undergraduates for hard cash. Very popular are the various undergraduate field trips that allow frequent travel in addition to the various conferences such as the EGU conference in Vienna. The department looks after its students very well and offers all PhD students an annual allowance of £125 towards travel and conference expenses.
Earth Sciences in Cambridge is a large department, providing supervisors for most fields of geological research. As always, quality of supervisors varies. The best thing is to come to Cambridge and meet them and to talk to students. Why not during Happy Hour?