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Geography and Environmental Sciences

This department encompasses all of our work in cold and paleo environments, social and cultural geographies, communities and resilience, environmental geochemistry and health, and ecology.

  • Across all our undergraduate programmes (BA, BSc and MGeog) 76% of our students graduated with a First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2015/6).
  • We are ranked first in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Course in Environmental Sciences, which includes the BSc Environmental Science and BSc Geography Programmes, with a % agree score of 93%. (National Student Survey, 2021)

  • International cutting edge research, with global projects funded by, or in collaboration with, the Department for International Development (DfID), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Union (EU), the Leverhulme Trust, Environment Canada, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and US National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2016/17 our academics have been asked to present their research findings before both the UK and EU Parliaments.
  • Our Geography and Environmental Sciences programmes are amongst the first in the country to be accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Our extensive professional body accreditations include the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Chartered Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
  • Nationally and internationally award winning initiatives, such as crime prevention through environmental management (Skill Mill), as well as strong links to a range of organisations and charities (e.g. Operation Wallacea and Water Aid), that provide volunteering opportunities.
  • Collaborative links with over 50 world-leading global institutions, including Max Planck Institute (Germany), ETH-Zurich (Switzerland), NASA (USA), Delft and Utrecht Universities (The Netherlands) and University of Cambridge (UK). We are also involved in large international consortia, such as the £20 million research collaboration between the UK and USA to gather data on the Thwaites Glacier, the NERC funded Super-Warm Early Eocene Temperatures (SWEET) research consortium, the International Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP, involving 25 nations), NSF (USA) POLARIS Project, International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology (INARCH) and the European Space Agency (ESA) Dragon 4 Consortium.
  • We provide training on a range of specialist laboratory and field equipment, such as isotope ratio mass spectometer, C/N analyser, ICP-OES Spectometer, HF- palynology lab and microscopes suite (including Fluorescence and SEM), ground-penetrating radar, eddy covariance systems, and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). Our High-Performance Computing (HPC) server, 'Oswald', allows to meet the present and future demand of 'Big Data' analysis. Facilities also include recording and transcription facilities for social science research, and social spaces for our student community.
  • Leading provider of National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) training in health and safety.
  • Our Cold and Paleo Environment group carries out ground-breaking research in the areas of ‘Ice, Snow and Permafrost’ and ‘Past Climate and Environment’, with work recently carried out in Antarctica, Ecuador, Canada, Chile, the Himalayas and the European Alps.
  • Launched the Disaster and Development Network (DDN) in 2004, alongside our MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development – the first programme of its type anywhere in the world. Postgraduate students have gone on to roles in government and local authorities in countries across the world, as elected MPs, heads of government departments and with non-governmental organisations such as Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and World Vision.


Geography and Environmental Sciences Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning Geography and Environmental Sciences courses, whatever you want to get out of university, let us show you why you want Northumbria University, Newcastle!


Geography and Environmental Sciences Staff

Our Geography and Environmental Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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