What we offer

We boast world-class facilities, internationally renowned academics and flexible study paths, resulting in an exceptional student experience.

Choice and flexibility

You can choose between our 3-year BSc or 4-year MSci degree programmes. The first year of our degrees focuses on the core understanding of the Earth’s systems, but you will also take modules that deal with a number of globally significant environmental challenges, including producing sufficient food for a growing population, meeting future demands for energy, adapting to floods and droughts and preventing or mitigating soil and water pollution. You can switch between programmes up until the end of your first year, ensuring you are studying the subject that most interests you. 

In subsequent years, you have a greater choice of modules meaning that you can design your degree to match your interests and career aspirations.

Hands-on experience

As part of your degree, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your academic studies and also develop your practical skills. Many of our modules offer exciting opportunities for practical work in either the laboratory of the field, enabling you to put the academic theory learnt in lectures into practice.

You can also enhance your studies, boost your self-confidence and immerse yourself in the culture of another country as part of our exciting opportunities to study overseas in either North America or Australasia with our Study Abroad option, or in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme.

A highlight of our degrees are the residential field courses. Whether it’s examining volcanic hazards on Mount Etna, water and environmental management in Croatia, or the interaction between glaciers and the landscape in Iceland, these field courses are an excellent way to apply your academic knowledge in the field.

You will also undertake a research project under the guidance of an active researcher. This is an excellent opportunity to put the skills learnt throughout your degree into practice, and you could have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment in our laboratories or take your research out into the field.

You'll benefit from

  • Excellent student to staff ratios
  • Small tutorial groups
  • Friendly and enthusiastic lecturers
  • Outstanding pastoral care, provided by both your department and college

What we offer

  • Exciting fieldwork opportunities, in both the UK and overseas
  • A unique location for fieldwork, nearby to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
  • High quality facilities, equipment and friendly support staff
  • Opportunity to study abroad, ranging from a term to a full year
  • Placement opportunities, facilitated by an in-house business partnership team