Earth and environmental sciences
Gain the scientific knowledge and skills required to impact key environmental developments and decisions and learn how to preserve our planet for generations to come.
Why study with us
We offer work placement and study abroad opportunities on the majority of our courses. Plus, all students take regular field trips in South Wales, the UK and overseas.
Skills society needs
Climate change, pollution, land degradation and natural hazards are at the forefront of many global challenges, creating an ever-increasing demand for geographical skills.
We offer degree courses in the various branches of geology and geoscience, physical geography and a unique programme in environmental sustainability science.
Facilities and location
Our SchoolLocated in Main Building
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is located inside the University's iconic Main Building.
Large lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Shandon Lecture Theatre is one of our large lecture theatres where you may have some of your first-year lectures. All of our students study some of the same modules in year one to develop important GIS, maps, analytical and field skills.
Small lecture theatreLocated in Main Building
The Wallace Lecture Theatre is one of our smaller lecture theatres where you may have some of your second and third-year lectures.
Science LibraryLocated in Main Building
The library contains collections on biosciences, chemistry, Earth and environmental sciences, as well as IT facilities and information services to support you with your studies.
LaboratoryLocated in Main Building
This is a typical laboratory where our geology and geoscience students might examine thin sections using a microscope and geography students may have mapping sessions.
RV Guiding Light
Our coastal research vessel enables some of our geography students to understand marine issues better, from sea level rise through to coastal erosion and management.
National Museum of Wales
We are just a short walk away from the National Museum of Wales, providing easy access to their impressive exhibition galleries and collections.
A taste of studying with us
Watch our taster lectures to get a taste of our approach to teaching and experience some of the exciting topics you might study with us.
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