Earth Sciences

Lapworth-hero-montage-1437x458Earth Sciences is arguably more diverse than any other subject, including as it does, aspects of biology, geography, environmental science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and computing to name but a few. 

An Earth Sciences degree will set you up to address society's changing needs from the sustainable use of resources, to predicting natural hazards and mitigating environmental change.

Although preparing academically is important, the most vital skill a Earth Sciences student can have is a passion for the subject. The resources listed below will help develop your curiosity before arriving at university.

To find out more about Earth Sciences research and our community visit:

Back ground reading:

Geomagnetic field intensity

Palaeomagnetism and proof of continental drift

Why the Maya Fell
Climate as a contributing factor in the demis of Angkor 
Cultural Responses to Climate Change
Volcanic Collapse
Anak Krakatau Sector Collapse
Reconstructing The Past
Digitally Constructing Endocranial Casts

Videos regarding studying at the University of Birmingham

Video on MSci Geology

Fieldwork: Geology and Earth Sciences

Geological mapping fieldwork Video

Studying Palaeontology as an undergraduate

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