Doctorado en ciencias del sistema tierra


natural Sciences


Earth sciences and environment

Universidad Austral de Chile

Austral University of Chile

  • City: Valdivia,
  • Commune: Valdivia,
  • Region: Los Ríos Region

General objective:
To form highly qualified human capital for the development of research in Earth System Sciences.
Specific objectives:
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out original research in Earth System Sciences, interpret the results and present the data and conclusions in publications of international impact.
-Our graduates will gain communication and leadership skills, with the ability to transmit scientific knowledge effectively, to their peers, students, and the public.

Applicant Profile

The Postgraduate Policies of the Austral University of Chile and the General Regulations for Doctoral Programs stipulate that admission to the institution's doctoral programs must be carried out in accordance with the laws in force of the country. From this regulatory framework, it is established as a minimum requirement to apply for a doctoral program at the UACh to be in possession of the academic degree of bachelor. The General Regulation of Doctoral Programs specifies, in addition, that, in the case of applicants who have studied abroad, the academic background must be presented through official documentation issued by the academic institution of origin (as a complementary administrative measure, the university requires that this documentation be legalized in the respective Chilean consulate of the country of origin); that, in qualified cases, a Spanish language proficiency test may be required; and that the admission process may include an Admission Exam whose characteristics are defined by the respective programs.
Based on these stipulations, the Doctorate in Earth System Sciences has defined as entry requirements to the program:
a) Have a bachelor's or master's degree in areas related to the sciences of the Earth system.
b) Document a record of academic excellence in accordance with the requirements of the program, specified in Art. 5 and on which applicants are pre-selected.
c) If required by the committee, satisfactorily complete a personal interview and knowledge test (only for shortlisted students)
Applications to the program must be made through the University's online application platform (
- Certificates of degrees obtained (original or legalized photocopy)
- Certificates of concentration of marks (of the studies carried out in undergraduate and postgraduate studies, if any),
- Two confidential letters of recommendation
- Letter of intent with proposal of the research areas of interest
- Updated curriculum that reports the following aspects necessary for the weighting of backgrounds in the selection process: titles or degrees obtained, including postgraduate degrees (if any), theses carried out, participation in research or related projects (as assistant, assistant technician, collaborator or manager); attendance at specialty seminars or specialization courses; participation in national or international congresses (as an assistant, oral speaker or poster, as main author or co-author); participation in journal articles (indexed and non-indexed) or book chapters (as main author or co-author).

Graduate profile

The graduate of the Doctorate in Earth System Sciences has an integrated knowledge of the earth system in its various space-time scales, the capacities to develop and lead research projects independently and collaboratively, and to communicate scientific results to their peers and the public in general.
Graduates of the program will have the capacities and competencies to detect problems and knowledge gaps in Earth System Sciences, including its multiple disciplines, and propose solutions that, from a multidisciplinary and systemic approach, contribute to the advancement of our scientific knowledge with applications from the sector. public as well as private or in the academy.
Graduates will be able to increase scientific knowledge in aspects such as:
(i) critical knowledge about earth deformation processes at various time and space scales, which can be related to natural disasters and / or to mining and energy resources;
(ii) solving problems associated with climate change, water scarcity and its impact on the communities of coastal organisms, including risk assessments;
(iii) fundamental aspects to understand the evolution of species on a scale of thousands to millions of years and their impact on current biodiversity;
(iv) understanding of the response of lake basins to environmental variability and possible pollutants of anthropic origin.

Lines of investigation

1. Solid Earth (TS)
2. Geoecology (GE)
3. Surface Processes (PS)