Ph. D. Earth Sciences

The Department offers research programme leading to award of Ph.D. in Earth Sciences. The programme is designed to develop research orientation and carry out supervised research in conventional and emerging areas of geosciences. The programme is especially well supported by the modern laboratory facilities, Mineralogy – Petrology – Paleontology, Geochemical, Isotope Geoscience, Computing and Remote sensing – GIS and Geophysics Laboratories, and state-of-the art instrumentation facilities, XRD, ICP-AES, ICP-MS, TIMS ,to carry out fundamental and path-breaking research in all areas of Earth Sciences. Additionally, XRF, IRMS, TEM, confocal Laser Raman Spectrometer and other sophisticated research equipment useful for geo-scientific research are available in the Central Instrumentation Facility of the Institute. A research fund in the tune of 339 lakh has been generated by the faculty members in the last five years (2015-2020) through various research projects funded by DST, CSIR, UGC, PRL, BRNS, PLANEX. In recognition of significant scientific contributions of various research groups, the Department received research funding from FIST programme (78 lakhs) of DST and SAP-DRS programme (70 lakh: DRS-I and 150 lakh: DRS-II) of UGC.  

Focus Areas


of the program

Tectonic-Petrological-Geochronological Research

A combination of undergraduate level hard core courses in Geology, Maths, Physics and Chemistry, along with optional courses from other sciences. The study areas of Geology include a basic understanding of the Earth and its dynamics, landforms and geomorphology, minerals and their crystal structure, rock types, structure of rocks. Study of minerals and rocks in laboratory and field.

Rock Weathering, Sediment Geochemistry, Pleo-climate and Micropaleontological Research

Understanding igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes and their investigation using petrographic, geochemical and geophysical tools.

Metallogeny - Ore Geology Research

Micropaleontology, Paleontology, Stratigraphy: They have tangible connection to life , landscapes, climates of the past, and help understanding how life, landscapes, climate have changed over time and how living things responded to those changes, in addition to their application on exploration of mineral and fossil fuel resources.

Remote Sensing – GIS, Geohydrology and Geophysical Research

Characteristics and processes of formation of mineral and petroleum deposits. Geological and geophysical methods of mineral and petroleum exploration. Landform study, Lithological mapping and mineral exploration using Remote sensing and GIS. Groundwater study.

Who can prefer this Course


For admission to Ph.D. and M.Tech. programmes, entrance examination will consist of 100 Multiple Choice Questions in Geology at M.Sc. level. Master’s degree in Geology/Applied Geology/Marine Geology/ Geophysics with minimum of 55% of marks.

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