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Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography and Environmental Sciences encompasses all of our work in cold and paleo environments, social and cultural geographies, communities and resilience, environmental geochemistry and health, and ecology, with projects and engagement taking place in more than 30 countries, from the poles to the tropics.


  • 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).
  •  Sector leading student experience with overall satisfaction of 100% in Human & Social Geography and 96% in Physical Geography & Environmental Science (National Student Survey 2017).
  • A top-30 Geography research department for research power, with 55% of our outputs ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UoA17).
  • 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), 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 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 International Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP, involving 25 nations); Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP2); National Science Foundation (USA) POLARIS Project;  International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology (INARCH) and the European Space Agency (ESA) Dragon 4 Consortium.
  • Investment in major laboratory upgrades including a microscope and high power computing suite and range of industry standard research and field equipment including a Rainfall Hydrograph, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectometer. 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 Ecuador, Canada, Chile, the Himalayas and the European Alps. The group is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Super-Warm Early Eocene Temperatures (SWEET) consortium.
  • 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. We have also attracted leading academics and policy makers as visiting speakers including from the Global Risk Forum (Davos) and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

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