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Southampton Geology top 50, Geophysics and Earth & Marine Science top 100, in QS subject rankings

Published: 3 March 2021
Geological features - English coast
Southampton is joint 50th in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

The University of Southampton has ranked joint 50th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Geology, with Geophysics and Earth and Marine Science also placing in the global top 100.

Southampton’s wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary expertise in the Earth Sciences represents one of the largest and most active research groupings of this type in Europe.

Professor Mark Moore, Head of the University’s School of Ocean and Earth Science, emphasised the combined strength and reputation of his colleagues’ research around the world as well as the value of Geology, Geophysics and Earth and Marine Science graduates in the global workplace.

“It’s fantastic to see all our subject areas performing so strongly, and particularly to have Geology in the top 50,” said Professor Moore. “It really highlights the strengths of a disciplinarily diverse school which harnesses synergies across traditional subject boundaries to study the whole Earth system and tackle societally pressing issues from finding the strategic metals needed to resource the green economy to understanding what a 1 to 5 degree warmer world might mean.”

“This latest recognition of our international profile and leadership in the Earth Sciences puts Southampton in the same company as so many other powerhouses of scientific research, enterprise and education. And reflects the value placed in our graduates by employers across multiple sectors.”

Southampton is home to a concentration of marine geology, geophysics, geochemistry and paleoclimate expertise, alongside state-of-the-art facilities and technology development which enable research in a wide range of societally impactful areas of geoscience for a sustainable future.

Research in the Earth Sciences in Southampton spans a wide range of areas including:

  • Plate tectonics, fluid flow and geohazard assessment;
  • Development of equipment and techniques to analyse the Earth environment and to aid our move to a lower carbon world;
  • Earth’s climate: past, present and future;
  • Environmental geochemistry and Radioactivity.

This research is underpinned by world-class laboratory, ocean-going and field-deployable facilities and we work on every continent and ocean in the world.

Click here to review the full table for Geology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. 


Relevant research groups:

Geology and Geophysics

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate



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