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Why study with us

Earth and environmental scientists have an important role to play in solving today’s most pressing global challenges. The damage we’ve done to the world will only be reversed by professionals who fully understand the extent of the problem and want to work hard to fix it. The Earth and environmental sciences are hands-on, practical subjects that bring together skills and knowledge from biology, physics, chemistry, geography and maths to unearth new findings about the world, how it works, and how we can preserve it for future generations.

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Placement options

We offer year-long placement and study abroad opportunities on the majority of our courses.

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Fieldwork opportunities

We take regular field trips in the UK and overseas to help you develop strong fieldwork skills.

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Wide-ranging subjects

We offer courses in various branches of geology and geography and a unique programme in environmental sustainability science,

Field trips teach you new techniques you will use throughout your degree and give you an overview of the course. They are also a great opportunity to meet new people. When you are dropped off on one of your first trips, you can’t help but make friends. Whilst all my flatmates were sat in lectures day after day, I was out exploring Cardiff and the surrounding area.
Philippa Smith, BSc Environmental Geography

Courses

Entry year

Environmental Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Environmental geographers use their scientific understanding of the natural and physical environment to find solutions to crucial environmental issues.

Environmental Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

Discover how to analyse and solve wide-ranging environmental problems with a focus on learning how to conduct research.

Environmental Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Environmental geographers use their scientific understanding of the natural and physical environment to find solutions to crucial environmental issues.

Environmental Geoscience (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Environmental geoscientists explore human-made and natural geoenvironmental issues, such as geohazards, engineering geology, pollution, sustainability, climate change and sea-level rise.

Environmental Geoscience (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

This four year degree combines components of Geology and Physical Geography, with a focus on learning how to conduct your own research project.

Environmental Geoscience with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Environmental geoscientists explore human-made and natural geoenvironmental issues, such as geohazards, engineering geology, pollution, sustainability, climate change and sea-level rise.

Environmental Sustainability Science (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Environmental scientists use their knowledge of Earth's systems to protect the environment and human health.

Exploration Geology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Exploration geologists are responsible for identifying and assessing the location, quantity and quality of mineral deposits.

Exploration Geology (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

Specialise in the exploration of our natural resources and gain valuable research skills on this four-year degree.

Exploration Geology with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Exploration geologists are responsible for identifying and assessing the location, quantity and quality of mineral deposits.

Geology (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

This accredited four-year Master's degree investigates the formation of Earth and its constant evolution with a focus on learning how to conduct research.

Geology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Geologists study the minerals and rocks that form the solid Earth, the processes that occur on and within our planet, and the evolution of life on its surface.

Geology with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Geologists study the minerals and rocks that form the solid Earth, the processes that occur on and within our planet, and the evolution of life on its surface.

Marine Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

This four year marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects and includes an independent research project.

Marine Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects from climate change, meteorology and oceanography, through to ocean exploitation and sustainability.

Marine Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Our marine geography degree covers a broad range of marine and coast-related subjects from climate change, meteorology and oceanography, through to ocean exploitation and sustainability.

Physical Geography (MSci)

Full time, 4 years

On this four-year degree programme, you will work on an independent research project of your choice, developing the skills needed for an academic or consulting career.

Physical Geography (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Physical geographers explore the evolution of Earth's surface, the science behind its physical processes and the impacts and influences surrounding them, including glacial environments, natural hazards and climate change.

Physical Geography with a Year of Study Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Physical geographers explore the evolution of Earth's surface, the science behind its physical processes and the impacts and influences surrounding them, including glacial environments, natural hazards and climate change.

Facilities and location

Our talks

Dr Jenny Pike, Deputy Head of School, explains our broad subject areas and gives you a flavour of the degree programmes we offer.

Our School and subject areas

Dr Jenny Pike, Deputy Head of School, explains our broad subject areas and gives you a flavour of the degree programmes we offer.

Dr Jenny Pike describes the structure of our degree programmes including our teaching methods, contact hours and our wide module selection.

Our degree programmes

Dr Jenny Pike describes the structure of our degree programmes including our teaching methods, contact hours and our wide module selection.

Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Dr Andrew Kerr, provides general guidance on entry requirements. Specific course entry requirements can be found on the course pages.

Entry requirements 2021/22

Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Dr Andrew Kerr, provides general guidance on entry requirements. Specific course entry requirements can be found on the course pages.

Fieldwork

The Earth and environmental sciences are best experienced out in the field. Seeing something for yourself brings theory to life, whether it is imaging the seabed with sonar, fossils in a cliff face or mineral deposits in a river. Our students complete local fieldwork in South Wales and around the UK, as well as residential field trips in locations across Europe. Discover the field trip destinations we have visited in the past.

Dr Iain McDonald explores the field trip opportunities available to students studying our geology and geoscience degrees.

Fieldwork for geologists

Dr Iain McDonald explores the field trip opportunities available to students studying our geology and geoscience degrees.

Dr Rhoda Ballinger explores the field trip opportunities available to students studying one of our geography degrees.

Fieldwork for geographers

Dr Rhoda Ballinger explores the field trip opportunities available to students studying one of our geography degrees.

I spent three amazing years studying Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff University. Since graduating I have become the Conservation Officer for the Bermuda National Trust, where I manage 270 acres of green space in Bermuda. This will always be a challenge, but I am constantly aided by the experiences and processes taught during the BSc Environmental Geoscience course. I gained invaluable international experience and made many lifelong friends during my time at Cardiff University.
Lawrence Doughty, BSc Environmental Geoscience

Careers

There are many careers available to Earth and environmental scientists, and if you decide to change your career path, the skills that you learn in your degree will still be useful in a wide range of unrelated areas. 95% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data). Read stories from our recent graduates.

Graduate career opportunities

Dr Andrew Kerr reviews some of the possible careers that can be pursued after studying with us, including case examples from former students.

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

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Other subjects you may be interested in

Geography (physical)

Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. Physical geographers explore the climate, natural landscapes and surface processes of the Earth, from glaciation to desertification.

Geology

Geology, also known as geoscience and Earth science, is the study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Geologists investigate how earth processes, such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, change the world around us.

Geography (Human) and Planning

Passionate about tackling global social, political, economic and development challenges to improve where and how we live? Our Human Geography and Planning programmes are the choice for you.


HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.