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Earth and environmental sciences

Our postgraduates carry out interesting and often vital research into a wide variety of subject areas, enhanced by the high level of research activity and expertise in the School.

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Why study with us

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Strong links with industry

Our connections with businesses and government agencies ensure the quality and relevance of our taught courses.

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Cutting-edge course content

Our taught master’s degree programmes address contemporary environmental, policy and research issues.

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Studentships and self-funded PhDs

We offer fully-funded studentships and self-funded research projects in a variety of research areas.

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World-leading research

Our School plays a lead role in several University Research Institutes.

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International reputation

In REF 2014, 94% of our research outputs were deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', ranking us 4th in the UK for Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

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Living costs

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK, making it an ideal city to study.

Our postgraduate taught programmes

Applied Environmental Geology (MSc)

Dr Peter Brabham explains all you need to know about our vocationally-focused degree programme in Applied Environmental Geology, including teaching methods, contact hours and module information.

This course provides the requisite skills for employment in professional geo-environmental and geotechnical consultancies and government environmental agencies.

Water in a Changing World (MSc) and Environmental Hazards (MSc)

Dr Tristram Hales gives you a flavour of what you can expect on our two new master's degree programmes, including teaching methods, contact hours and module information.

Water in a Changing World draws on interdisciplinary knowledge to provide a broad outlook on water problems within the context of current realities and future projections of climate change.

Environmental Hazards provides technical expertise in risk assessment, with a focus on the methods needed to analyse past environmental hazards and forecast future ones.

The hands-on and practical nature of the course meant that when I left and started my first role, I not only felt well prepared for the tasks at hand but also like I already had experience in industry under my belt.
Rhian Lynes, MSc Applied Environmental Geology

Our postgraduate research programmes

Earth sciences (PhD, MPhil)

Our postgraduate degrees are based on independent research work, with an academic supervisor to guide you in discovering new and exciting areas. Underpinned by substantial external funding, our vibrant research environment provides PhD and MPhil students with opportunities to work with world experts and use high-quality research equipment.

The standard of the research and facilities at Cardiff University is excellent and after completing my undergraduate degree here I knew that Cardiff was a great city to live and work in. During the course of my PhD, I’ve had an extremely rewarding academic experience and have enjoyed a thoroughly encouraging and supportive atmosphere.
Bethan, PhD Earth Sciences

Our School and students

Our School has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. Explore our facilities, School and research, and take a look at the career journey of one of our graduates.

Graduate story

Read the graduate career journey of Rosie, an Applied Environmental Geology student, to find out where one of our taught degrees could take you.

Facilities

From the latest analytical techniques to a coastal research vessel, our facilities support research and teaching activities throughout the School.

Making a difference

Read case studies from our research staff and students to find out how our research is tackling crucial environmental issues.

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