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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Why study here?

Study in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences: experience research-led teaching from renowned scientists, and enjoy life-changing, free field trips. Acquire invaluable skills and hands-on experience ahead of an exciting career without limitation.

Getting outdoors and actually seeing rocks in a natural environment can reaffirm what you learn in a lecture. It's a great way to learn.

Sam Green / Graduate

We have a common first year for both our degree programmes in Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, which includes three core units: Understanding the Earth, The Natural Scientist’s Toolkit, and Practical and Professional Skills. At the end of the first year you can choose one of nine degree pathways from the two degrees, offering a fantastic flexibility and opportunity to develop ideas during the common First Year. The Geology degree pathway is a full, traditional Geology degree with a focus on independent field-based mapping and project work.  

You will journey throughout the UK and across the world on field trips that offer applied training in multidisciplinary problem-solving and team-working, which equip our students with highly desirable skills.

You'll join a close-knit, multicultural student community and benefit from small-group working and a close working relationship with renowned, world-leading teachers in their field.

Our wonderful facilities allow you to truly explore, question and understand the world around you, and we offer exciting industry placement and work experience opportunities. We're helping to tackle global challenges, and we want you to be a part of it.