Environmental Geoscience

Environmental geoscientists examine the interactions between the geology, biology, chemistry and physics of Earth’s surface, oceans and atmosphere.

Our interdisciplinary degrees will allow you to explore topics such as climate change, volcanic hazards and resource management, leading to a wide range of exciting and important careers.

Why study Environmental Geoscience at Bristol?

Bristol is a hub for environmental geoscience with broad expertise across this field, including climate change, marine science, geochemistry, geophysics and volcanic hazards. We encourage you to get actively involved in our scientific community from the outset.

Our courses are rigorously quantitative and focus on problem solving. Course content is guided by an industrial advisory board; this ensures that the skills you gain during your studies will be valued by industry when you graduate.

You can choose a three-year course, or a four-year course with the added opportunity to spend your third year abroad. Our degrees are accredited by the Geological Society of London and are flexible enough to allow transfers between some courses at the end of the first year.

Our teaching is research-led, and our staff have expertise in:

  • volcanology and fluid dynamics;
  • palaeobiology and biodiversity;
  • climate and environmental change;
  • geochemistry and petrology.

In the final year of our MSci courses, you will undertake a major research project in one of these areas.

We have a tightly knit community and a programme of student-run projects, informal seminars and social events. Our courses include field trips in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

You will enjoy our environmental geoscience courses if you have a keen interest in the interactions between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, the biosphere and the hydrosphere. If you want to be in a position to inform those who determine the future of environmental policy, this is the subject for you.

You should also enjoy the outdoors and be able to take advantage of the variety of landscapes and climates you will visit on the course.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are delivered through lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised field trips. In addition, small-group tutorials help you to develop key skills. In the first year these are held every fortnight with a personal tutor who will advise you and monitor your progress throughout your time with us.

You will be expected to develop independent learning skills and to self-assess your progress with the aid of feedback from teaching staff. A range of assessment methods is used; some units are assessed by exams, some by coursework, and some by a combination of the two.

What are my career prospects?

Environmental geoscience graduates are highly sought after by the mining, mineral exploration, geotechnical, environmental consultancy and petroleum industries.

Some graduates go on to further study in the field and then enter academia; others follow careers in the scientific media, finance or teaching.

Read more about what students from earth sciences go on to do after graduation.


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