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Earth Sciences & Geology

Studying Earth Sciences allows for the exploration of fundamental questions about our planet.

The program at Oxford aims to provide students with a sound and broadly-based scientific training in physics, chemistry, and biology, as applied to the study of the Earth and the environment. Course topics are diverse and include the evolution of the solar system, the evolution of life on Earth, the causes of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and the origin and behaviour of oceans and atmosphere. The course is taught through lectures, classes and tutorials, and also involves fieldwork.


Theory, measurements, experiments, and observation of natural processes are all essential elements in the Earth Sciences, and students with a strong background in all aspects of the physical sciences are encouraged to apply to St Hugh’s College.

The Earth Scientist undergraduates at St Hugh’s form a close-knit community that support each other academically.

St Hugh’s admit three undergraduates each year for this subject. In order to cope with the requirements of the course, candidates are required to have Mathematics plus Physics or Chemistry to A-level or equivalent. Chemistry or Physics are also highly recommended as a third subject. Biology, Geology or Further Mathematics can also be helpful to candidates in completing this course.

Applicants may choose either (i) the three year course leading to the degree of B.A., or (ii) the four year course leading to the degree of MEarthSci.

Course Information

UCAS code
  • F642 (Geology)
  • F644 (Earth Sciences)
Entrance requirements


Subject requirements
  • Maths, plus Chemistry or Physics
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • Biology, Geology, Further Maths
Course Duration
  • 3 years (BA Geology)
  • 4 years (MEarthSci)