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As a student at the Graduate School for the Environment you have the opportunity and support to make an active, original and exciting contribution to our world-leading research output.

Every researcher at the Graduate School for the Environment has the chance to make a real difference. You have a better chance of making an impact with your work here than at most other institutions – we are one of the three most highly ranked institutions in the UK for the way in which our research has a practical and positive effect on the outside world.

There’s a reason for our success. It’s because we have put together the right blend of people, resources, support structure and culture to help you succeed.

Just imagine what you could achieve in this kind of world-class environment – the skills you could acquire, the places you could see, the experts you could work with, the data you could gather, the equipment you could use, the insights you could have, the breakthroughs you could make, the career you could launch. It’s an exciting prospect.

Meet the Challenge

We undertake a broad range of fundamental and applied research so that we have the underlying knowledge and practical understanding to find effective solutions to four key global challenges. All of the research that we conduct at the Graduate School is outward-looking and challenge-led. We have made it our mission to address key issues, all of which demand complex, international, multi-disciplinary solutions.

Think Differently

When you arrive at the Graduate School, you will be surrounded by researchers from across the natural and social sciences all contributing to a culture that cuts across traditional disciplines to deliver new and effective solutions.

The Graduate School for the Environment is deliberately organised to be a melting pot of ideas, interests and methodologies. Anthropologists mix with environmental chemists. Ecologists rub shoulders with geologists. Hydrologists swap ideas with social scientists.

As one of our students, you will find yourself working as part of one of these focused research groups and you will be challenged to consider the value of your training or research within a wider multi-disciplinary team. Right from the start, you will learn to think differently, bouncing ideas off your colleagues, picking up new techniques, exploring unexpected avenues and setting new goals.

It’s an exciting way to conduct research, and it’s a great preparation for the world of work, where the ability to apply your expertise in close cooperation with colleagues from different disciplines is extremely valuable.

Harness our Resources

Having access to the right resources can make all the difference to your research – whether it’s a powerful piece of laboratory equipment, a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, a richly populated data set, or a network of useful contacts.