Earth and environmental sciences
Learn to preserve our planet for generations to come. Whether you choose to study geography, geology or environmental sustainability science, you will gain scientific knowledge and skills to impact key environmental developments and decisions.
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.
Facilities and location
Our SchoolLocated in Main Building
Let our students show you around our building and facilities in an online tour of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences on YouTube.
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.
Online short courses
Register for one of our free online short courses to get a taste of studying the Earth and environmental sciences.
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.
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.
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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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.