What Will You Study

Combining the fundamental sciences with physical geography and geology, our Earth and Environmental Science degree focuses on Earth processes and emphasis is placed on fieldwork and hands-on learning. The degree gives you an unprecedented breadth of learning, covering areas as diverse as geological mapping, atmospheric processes and tectonics and sedimentation. You’ll examine the geological processes that underpin our planet before linking these to human impacts on the land, atmosphere and oceans.

In your first year, your modules will include The Earth’s Interior, Geology, and Natural Hazards alongside a broader range of options across the environmental sciences including Global Environmental Challenges and Atmosphere, Weather and Climate.

In your second year, you will focus on core skills through modules such as Geological Mapping, Geoscience in Practice and Soil Science, including significant elements of geological and Earth science fieldwork.

In the third year of your course, you will complete your dissertation with Employability Skills or a work placement and choose from diverse options, including Introduction to Geophysical Techniques; Environmental Magnetism; and a Volcanic Processes Field Course run on Mount Etna in Sicily.

During the final year of your course you will complete an extended dissertation project and a Physical Volcanology module. You will also choose modules from a wide range of masters-level options that include Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy; Modelling Environmental Processes; and Chemical Risk Assessment. You will finish your degree with detailed masters-level knowledge of Earth science and the interface between the Earth’s interior and surface, giving an advantage over those taking shorter BSc programmes.