Environmental Geoscience

Investigate interactions between the solid Earth and the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.

Research impact

Prepare for a post-carbon world as part of a community led by renowned experts, as we work to solve global challenges and find ways to remedy environmental damage by human activity and industry.

Careers prospects

Explore topics such as climate change, volcanic hazards and resource management, leading to a wide range of exciting and globally relevant careers.

Hands-on learning

The whole Earth is our laboratory, and fieldwork is an integral part of our teaching. An exciting programme of field trips is included in your tuition fee.

Environmental Geoscience at Bristol

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

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, whether joining our student societies, attending seminars, or applying for research internships during term breaks.

You'll get to know your coursemates on field trips to beautiful locations in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee. Field locations are carefully chosen to be directly relevant to your studies, and you’ll develop a strong set of scientific and transferable skills by putting theory into action.

You may also be interested in other earth sciences subjects at Bristol, including Geology, Geophysics, and Palaeontology and Evolution.

I love earth sciences because it is so multidisciplinary and there is something especially gratifying about bringing together all these different areas of science and applying it to real-world problems like climate change or natural hazards. It provides an opportunity to really make a difference.

Jenny, MSci Environmental Geoscience with Study Abroad

Career prospects

Our courses are rigorously quantitative and focus on problem solving. The dynamic course content ensures that the skills you gain during your studies will be valued by industry when you graduate.

Environmental geoscience graduates are highly employable in a wide range of industries, including traditional routes such as environmental consulting or natural resources. As the global approach to sustainability changes, new career options are regularly becoming available.

Many of our graduates also go on to further study or follow other careers such as in scientific media, finance or teaching.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

Our research feeds directly into your studies, placing you at the cutting edge of scientific developments. By the end of your degree you'll have the opportunity to participate in this vital work yourself through your final-year project.

Our courses are delivered through lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised field trips. In addition, small-group tutorials help you to develop essential 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.

There is flexibility to transfer between geology and environmental geoscience at the end of the first year, and between BSc, MSci and Study Abroad options.

Choose a degree with Study Abroad to spend your third year studying at one of our prestigious partner universities overseas. Current locations include Canada, the US, Iceland and New Zealand. Find out more at Global Opportunities.

World-class facilities

The University of Bristol's Earth Science Collection contains over 100,000 palaeontological, petrological and mineralogical samples of scientific and historical importance. Some of the oldest donations go back to 1876, when geology was first taught at Bristol.

The teaching spaces in the School of Earth Sciences are Gold LEAF certified, in recognition of the actions undertaken to improve laboratory efficiency and sustainability.

Environmental Geoscience

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

Explore topics such as climate change, volcanic hazards and resource management, leading to a wide range of exciting and globally relevant 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, whether joining our student societies, attending seminars, or applying for research internships during term breaks.

Our research feeds directly into your studies, placing you at the cutting edge of scientific developments. By the end of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to participate in this vital work yourself through your final-year project.

Our courses are rigorously quantitative and focus on problem solving. The dynamic course content ensures that the skills you gain during your studies will be valued by industry when you graduate. 

You’ll get to know your coursemates on field trips to beautiful locations in the UK and overseas, the cost of which is included in your tuition fee. Field locations are carefully chosen to be directly relevant to your studies, and you’ll develop a strong set of scientific and transferable skills by putting theory into action.

There is flexibility to transfer between Geology and Environmental Geosciences at the end of the first year, and between BSc, MSci and Year Abroad options.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

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 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.

It also helps if you enjoy the outdoors, as you will 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. We use a range of assessment methods; 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 a wide range of industries, including traditional routes such as environmental consulting or natural resources. With the changing global approach to sustainability new career paths are opening up every day.

In addition, many of our graduates go on to further study or follow other careers such as in scientific media, finance or teaching.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

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