Earth sciences

Welcome to earth sciences at Plymouth. Geologists are the cutting edge of research into sustainable futures. Through lectures, hands-on practicals and an extensive national and international fieldwork programme, our degrees develop your expert knowledge of the forces that have shaped our planet. Our new modules explore critical relationships between earth processes and society: how to reduce risks from natural hazards; understanding environmental change over time, and how we transition to cleaner energy sources. Enjoy exploring our exciting degree programmes and hearing from current students and graduates about their experiences.

Dr Matthew Watkinson
Earth Sciences Programme Manager
Associate Professor in Petroleum Geology


Dr Matthew Watkinson


Why Plymouth?

  • < Geological Society accredited degrees
  • ( Extensive UK and overseas fieldwork portfolio, including: Spain, USA (Death Valley) and Italy*
  • @ 94% of students found the course to be intellectually stimulating (NSS, 2020)
  • ' Benefit from an extensive network of placement providers
  • @ 100% of MGeol students were "satisfied with the quality of their course" (UNISTATS, 2019)
  • , Stunning coastal location near UNESCO world heritage sites and geopark

Discover our range of postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities


*Fieldwork viability is subject to government guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Petroleum Experts Limited Donates MOVE Software License

Software facilitates three dimensional analysis and structural modelling of deformation of Earth's crust through time.

We are pleased to announce the donation of 10 sets of the MOVE software suite to the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences by UK-based Petroleum Experts Limited. This industry standard software package, which is valued at £1.6 million, facilitates three dimensional analysis and structural modelling of deformation of Earth's crust through time. Tools in the software suite aid in cross-section construction, kinematic restoration, geomechanical modelling, fracture studies, and stress analysis. The School greatly values the donation of this software and the opportunity to continue to integrate MOVE into the teaching and research activities of both undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff.