The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers undergraduate degrees (face-to-face and via distance learning) and postgraduate degrees, in an environment of active research. In 2008, alongside our UCL colleagues, our joint research was ranked third of all Environment and Earth Science departments in the UK and one of only three to have an average score higher that 3.0 in the Research Assessment Exercise. We will have a joint REF submission with UCL Earth Sciences in 2014. Teaching: We offer the only distance learning degrees and certificates that are supported by full video footage of lectures streamed over the web supported by digital lecture notes (BSc Geology, BSc Earth Sciences, BSc Environmental Geology, BSc Planetary Sciences with Astronomy, plus certificates). Students can study from overseas, and over 3 years (UCAS entry), 4 and 6 years. Research: We have 13 active research grants amongst our 9 academic staff (5 NERC grants, 3 Leverhulme grants, 2 National Geographic grants, 1 STFC grant, 1 DEFRA grant and 1 Royal Society grant).