University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment

Introduction

Welcome to the School of Earth and Environment

If you choose to study in the School of Earth and Environment you will be joining one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country. Experts within the School study the Earth from its core to the atmosphere, with expertise ranging from geophysics and surface processes to atmospheric science, climate change and environmental sustainability. Leeds is in fact, one of just a few universities that has brought the complete range of disciplines from geology and geophysics, environmental science, meteorology and climate science, to environmental social science together under one banner. We also have one of the largest research clusters of Earth, environmental and social scientists in the UK and internationally. Our research is organised across five School Institutes and two national research centres. This means we are at the forefront in tackling global issues such as climate change, energy, water and sustainable development.

Our commitment to investing in the student experience with research-led teaching at the core, guarantees that in a research-intensive university like Leeds, you will interact with staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide. Our focus is also on equipping our graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to help them succeed regardless of career path. Whatever your level of study we have something for you:

  • at undergraduate level we have a wide range of BSc and BA degrees, plus groundbreaking four-year undergraduate Masters courses with a year abroad
  • at postgraduate taught level we offer the widest range of one-year vocational Masters courses in our subject area in the UK
  • at postgraduate research level can choose from a wide range of exciting projects, addressing the latest issues in research, conducted in a supportive ‘research group’ atmosphere.

In 2010 our staff and students moved into a new £23 million building with state of the art facilities for both teaching and research, bringing together all the School's departments under one roof for the first time. The community includes more than 80 academic staff, around 50 additional support and teaching staff and over 100 postgraduate students. Although large, the School has a close-knit, informal and friendly atmosphere with strong interdisciplinary co-operation which extends to colleagues in the School of Geography and in the internationally acclaimed Institute for Transport Studies. We also collaborate with the University's Schools of Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials, Civil Engineering, and Mining and Mineral Engineering. The School also has strong collaborative links with industry and government, with academics influencing policy on a range of issues from climate change to the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Awards and Achievements

  • We were ranked 7th in the UK for Earth and Marine Sciences (placing us firmly amongst the Top 10 Universities in the country offering courses such as Geology and Geophysics), and in the Top 20 for Geography and Environmental Studies - Guardian University League Tables 2016
  • We are one of the Top 5 UK Universities (alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Edinburgh) for Earth Sciences (Top 20 Worldwide) and are in the Top 10 in the UK for Academic Reputation for Environmental Sciences - QS World University Rankings 2015
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) - The School has been ranked:
    • 5th out of 44 departments in the UK for overall research quality in Earth systems and environmental sciences
    • One of the UK's top 2 centres for research power and 90% of our research has reached world-leading and internationally excellent standards based on overall quality
    • Within the top 2 in the UK for the quality of our research
    • 1st in the UK for the quantity of its world-leading research

Student Experience

Being a student at university is about making the most of all the opportunities available to you. Not only will this help you settle in to university life and feel part the School community but also enhance your student experience through the skills and knowledge that you will gain.

In the School of Earth and Environment we have a dedicated Student Experience Officer whose role is to help students make the most of their time at Leeds, through providing opportunities to engage with the students and staff in the School and to communicate with students about events and opportunities.

Research

The School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds is a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world that we live in.

Our research is carried out within five institutes which represent our core research areas, but much of our work is cross-cutting, tackling complex global challenges such as climate change, energy security and natural hazard management.

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Sustainability Research Institute

Leeds is the 10th 'most-targeted' university by the UK's top graduate employers.

The 2013 High Fliers report, places Leeds in the top ten most targeted universities by graduate employers over the period 2012-13. Our degree schemes deliver both subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills, allowing access to a range of careers from working in the petroleum industry to taking a post in environmental protection.

Over 85% of our graduates secure full time work or study upon graduation. Our graduates are always in demand among companies that value teamwork skills, problem solving, independence, numeracy and scientific literacy.

The School of Earth and Environment has a deep commitment to enhancing student employability. A range of employability initiatives are offered, to ensure students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies.

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Programmes

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Master

MRes Climate and Atmospheric Science

Campus Full time 12  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This Masters will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering, and study for a PhD. [+]

This Masters will prepare you in the physical sciences and mathematics for a research career in climate, atmospheric or environmental sciences. It ideally bridges the gap between undergraduate studies in physical/natural sciences and engineering, and study for a PhD. Alternatively, if you decide to leave academia, the highly transferable skills gained from this course could lead to a research role in industry or government. Gain a broad overview of physical problems in climate and atmospheric science, together with a sound physical understanding of natural processes. Alongside this, develop highly transferable skills to conduct research in these subjects with a strong emphasis on quantitative data analysis and physical and numerical modelling. Course highlights: Interact with academics who are at the forefront of major global issues. Leeds is a leading centre of excellence across both the physical science of the climate and atmosphere science, and the resultant socio-economic impacts and processes... Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) is the UK’s most diverse academic institute for atmospheric research. National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), one of six research centres funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), providing its core atmospheric research. Priestley International Centre for Climate Change (PICC) a world-leading centre for policy-relevant, solution-driven climate research Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) is a research centre that studies processes in the Earth's polar latitudes that may affect the Earth's albedo, polar atmosphere and ocean circulation, and global sea level. Continue on to a PhD, or move into a research role... [-]

MSc

MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This Masters combines modules taught at the School of Earth and Environment, with optional modules from the School of Geography and the School of Politics and International Studies. Our teaching draws on the latest cutting-edge research and is delivered by experts and world’s leading researchers on climate change policy (e.g. IPCC lead authors, and a DEFRA UK lead advisor) to give you in-depth knowledge and guidance. [+]

Climate Change is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at the international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non-profit making organisation. This programme provides you with a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy and governance. You’ll receive a solid foundation in the physical and social science of climate change and its impacts, including adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change. You’ll develop a critical understanding of the policy tools available to promote environmental protection. This Masters combines modules taught at the School of Earth and Environment, with optional modules from the School of Geography and the School of Politics and International Studies. Our teaching draws on the latest cutting-edge research and is delivered by experts and world’s leading researchers on climate change policy (e.g. IPCC lead authors, and a DEFRA UK lead advisor) to give you in-depth knowledge and guidance. No other UK university can offer the same level and breadth of expert teaching in climate change and environmental policy. Course highlights: Be taught by three lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which advises world governments on the evolving and complex issue of climate change, and a lead advisor to the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). All academics have won teaching awards. Engage with some of the world's leading researchers from the School's ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change... [-]

MSc Engineering Geology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This course provides concentrated one-year training in engineering geology and related geotechnical subjects to prepare you for professional practice in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. [+]

This course provides concentrated one-year training in engineering geology and related geotechnical subjects to prepare you for professional practice in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. It gives you a grounding in the application of geological principles to a wide range of fields within civil and mining engineering. Studying engineering geology will provide you with excellent job opportunities as a result of high calibre academic training, as well as the development of strong skills in terms of both critical and independent thought and team work. Most of our graduates join environmental consulting companies and consulting engineers, while others go on to PhD studies. Engineering Geologists Engineering Geologists are found worldwide working on a wide range of problems, from foundation and mine design to the assessment of seismic and landslide risk. Their understanding of how groundwater and pollutants travel through the ground may impact on the safe design and construction of excavations and waste disposal sites. They use geological and geomorphological mapping to identify geological hazards and allow for safe development. Their understanding of the ground and how it responds to static and dynamic loads can influence safe and sustainable siting and design of engineering structures. It is vital that we design and build in a manner which is safe, environmentally friendly, cost effective and sensitive to climate change. Engineering geologists, with a unique understanding of the ground, and a broad appreciation of rates of geological processes over engineering time, are intimately involved in this process. Course highlights: Your teaching will be... [-]

MSc Environment and Development

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

The course is ideal if you would like to develop or continue a career in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research. Preparing you for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Alternatively, you could pursue a research career or go on to a PhD. [+]

You will be provided with high-quality interdisciplinary training, you and prospective employers need to focus on the issues where the need for sustainable economic development and environmental conservation meet. To help you understand the many perspectives on these issues, this masters is led by the Sustainability Research Institute, bringing together academic expertise from the School of Earth and Environment, the School of Politics and International Studies, and from the practitioner community, Sustainable economic development and environmental management are two key challenges facing the world today. This course enables you to investigate the challenges associated with achieving development that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. You will gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience which enable you to contribute towards achieving solutions in this topical field. The course is ideal if you would like to develop or continue a career in environment and/or development practice, policy, training or research. Preparing you for work in both the public and private sectors, and within local, national and international institutions. Alternatively, you could pursue a research career or go on to a PhD. Course highlights: You have a large degree of flexibility – meaning you can choose the modules you take, enabling you to develop your degree in line with your interests and ambitions. Gain both theoretical and practical experience – our teaching draws on specialist knowledge from practitioner and research communities covering both the natural and social sciences. Carry out a wide range of fieldwork, from a FREE field course to East Yorkshire,... [-]

MSc Exploration Geophysics

Campus Full time 12  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This course prepares you to embark on a career in resource exploration, environmental and engineering geophysics. Running for over 50 years it is well-established and has strong links to industry. It provides you with a broad range of practical skills, underpinned by a theoretical understanding that equips you to become a professional in your chosen field. You will also undertake a four-month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices. [+]

Geophysics is the remote study of the Earth through physical techniques – principally analysing seismic data, but also applying gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, and electrical methods. It is a key element of geological analysis for oil, gas and mineral exploration or for environmental and engineering assessment. This course prepares you to embark on a career in resource exploration, environmental and engineering geophysics. Running for over 50 years it is well-established and has strong links to industry. It provides you with a broad range of practical skills, underpinned by a theoretical understanding that equips you to become a professional in your chosen field. You will also undertake a four-month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices. Demand for geophysicists continues to be high and this well-established programme has an exceptionally good record of job placement for both UK/EU and overseas students. Course highlights: Network with energy, geophysical acquisition, processing and software companies, who visit regularly to engage and recruit our students. Undertake a four-month individual project, mostly in association with an external company or institute and often in their offices. Access our state-of-the-art computer suite that runs a comprehensive range of industry-standard software on hi-spec twin-screen workstations. Develop your field skills with our sector-leading portfolio of field geophysical equipment. Apply for an industry scholarships - we have the largest number of Masters-level geophysics industry scholarships available for UK/EU students. Accreditation This programme is accredited by The Geological Society, the UK’s professional body for... [-]

MSc Petroleum Exploration

Campus Full time 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This two year masters is designed to meet the demanding and evolving needs of industry, equipping you with the tools to be highly skilled petroleum explorationists. It aims to prepare you for classic, conventional exploration and develop your skills to meet the changing needs of unconventional exploration. [+]

This two year masters is designed to meet the demanding and evolving needs of industry, equipping you with the tools to be highly skilled petroleum explorationists. It aims to prepare you for classic, conventional exploration and develop your skills to meet the changing needs of unconventional exploration. This programme integrates the strengths of two leading universities, offering you training in petroleum exploration that is unique from any other course globally. The University of Leeds is a Russell Group University established in 1904. Research-led teaching and commitment to excellence, creates a dynamic learning environment and makes Leeds one of the UK’s top universities. Jacobs University is a private, English language, residential university, distinguished by its international orientation and highly selective admission, based on candidates’ academic and personal potential. First-class research and teaching, international diversity and trans-disciplinary cooperation are the hallmarks of this state-recognised university. Course highlights: The programme combines the strengths of the University of Leeds in applied geophysics and structural. geology with the strengths of Jacobs University in petroleum system modelling and organic geochemistry. Undertake FREE fieldwork in the UK and EU that is directly linked to your classroom learning. Access a comprehensive suite of industry-standard software that will enhance your learning. Attend the Jacobs Basin Dynamics Hydrocarbon Conference and learn from experts within industry and academia who share their experience and insights. In your final year, enter the Imperial Barrel Award, run by the American Association of Petroleum Geologist - a leading international professional body for the hydrocarbons industry.... [-]

MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics

Campus Full time 12  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This programme is the only applied structural geology Masters in the UK. It provides advanced training in the practical application of structural geology, preparing you either for employment in the hydrocarbon or mining industries or for postgraduate study (PhD). [+]

This programme is the only applied structural geology Masters in the UK. It provides advanced training in the practical application of structural geology, preparing you either for employment in the hydrocarbon or mining industries or for postgraduate study (PhD). You’ll gain a skillset combining advanced structural techniques and interpreting seismic data, an understanding of structural systems in time and space, and an appreciation of both the geological and geophysical constraints of seismic interpretation and model building. This will allow you to use a combination of structural and geophysical techniques to solve geological problems. As a capable seismic interpreter you’ll be able to contribute in an industry role from day one. Our teaching is research led, with direct links to active applied research. You’ll be taught by a range of research and industry experts, as well as through industry-led workshops. Strong industry links are a feature of this programme. Course highlights: The only applied structural geology masters in the UK, offering you a route to both industry or a PhD. Unlike other petroleum/ ore geoscience courses in the UK, which only provide you with broad training in all aspects of petroleum and ore geology. At Leeds, apply your skills, tools, and knowledge in structural geology and tectonics to exploration settings, datasets, and problems. A key focus of this masters is on understanding structural evolution in various settings and the use of 3D and 4D thinking in geological contexts. Skills that are essential for your employment in industry. Gain an international standard... [-]

MSc Sustainability and Business

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This course is ideal if you wish to develop corporate responsibility strategies and enhance an organisation’s social and environmental contributions. It can also lead you to careers in government or non-governmental organisations working in partnership with, or trying to influence business practice. [+]

You will examine the ways in which businesses can improve their environmental performance and enhance their social responsibility. Gain a well-grounded and critical understanding of the factors that shape the relationships between business, environment and society, and understand the wide range of policy frameworks and management initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Examine perspectives from government, business and stakeholder groups (such as pressure and community groups), drawing on the expertise of researchers, practitioners and researchers. During your studies, you will be introduced to a range of management tools and shown how they are applied in practical situations. Examine the factors that shape the success or failure of these initiatives – both from a corporate as well as a societal perspective. This course is ideal if you wish to develop corporate responsibility strategies and enhance an organisation’s social and environmental contributions. It can also lead you to careers in government or non-governmental organisations working in partnership with, or trying to influence business practice. Course highlights: Leading in the field for ten years, you will be taught by leading experts from the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) – one of the largest academic groups of sustainability experts in the world. Uniquely based outside a business school – you will focus on how sustainability leads business practice, and use key inter-disciplinary research methods and approaches that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Join a truly global School – think beyond Leeds and gain a wider perspective by studying... [-]

MSc Sustainability and Consultancy

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This course aligns closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that employers say they need to tackle those challenges, with a strong emphasis on project skills. [+]

The Sustainability and Consultancy Masters offers a grounding in the broad range of sustainability topics beyond just environmental issues (from project development to corporate sustainability strategy). It will also develop the professional skills you’ll need. Sustainability is an integrated issue across our teaching, rather than separating the environmental, economic and social elements. Specialist modules are delivered by academic staff, practising consultants and other practitioners, giving you exposure to real-life, international case studies with a good understanding of contemporary management techniques and solutions. This course aligns closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that employers say they need to tackle those challenges, with a strong emphasis on project skills. Course highlights: Our course was the first qualification of its kind in the UK. In the first semester you can choose an optional FREE 2 day field course to East Yorkshire. Learn about issues affecting sustainable economic development and environmental management in a developed world context. A major component of this masters is that you will manage a consultancy project, which is usually undertaken in the form of a placement with a professional organisation. This experience plays a key role in your personal and professional development. This is an approved Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) 'Associate Certificate' programme. This means once you graduate you are eligible to become an IEMA Associate Member – the first stage towards full professional chartership. Accreditation This is an approved Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) 'Associate Certificate' course: This means once... [-]