What Will You Study

Combining the fundamental sciences with physical geography and geology, our Earth and Environmental Science degree gives you an unprecedented breadth of learning. 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 studies will include Geological Processes, Earth’s Internal Processes and Natural Hazards, alongside a broader range of options across the environmental sciences including Global Environmental Challenges and Atmosphere, Weather and Climate.

You will spend your second year at a partner university, for example in North America, Australasia or Iceland.  During this year you will focus on core skills through modules such as Geological Methods, Earth Science Field Skills and Geologic Mapping that include significant elements of geological field courses.

In the third year of your course, you will complete your dissertation with Employability Skills or a work placement and choose from diverse options such as Introduction to Geophysical Techniques, Environmental Radioactivity and a Volcanic Processes field-course run on Mount Etna in Sicily.

During the fourth year of your course you will complete an extended dissertation project and a Physical Volcanology module in their final year. You will also choose options from a wide range of masters-level options that include Geoinformatics, Modelling Environmental Processes and Environmental Radioactivity. You will complete your degree with detailed masters-level knowledge of earth science and the interface with the surface environment, giving an advantage over those taking shorter programmes.