Environmental Geoscience

Environmental geoscientists study the past and future interactions between the solid earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the anthroposphere. This provides the means to predict the future behaviour of geosystems and informs those who develop environmental policy.

We teach in a beautiful neo-Gothic building using state-of-the-art equipment. Field based practical work is at the core of our courses. There is also an exciting opportunity to spend your third year abroad.

Graduates find jobs easily, particularly in environmental consultancy; others go into a wide range of graduate fields or into research.

Our Single Honours courses are accredited by The Geological Society of London.

Why study Environmental Geoscience at Bristol?

Bristol Earth science degrees are flexible and you can transfer between geology and environmental geoscience at the end of your first year. You can also choose a three-year degree or a four-year degree with study abroad during the third year. Our courses are rigorously scientific and quantitative and you will learn a wealth of facts and how to apply them to solve problems.

Our School of Earth Sciences employs world-leading scientists and teaching is research led. We have expertise in:

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

In the final year of an MSci course you will undertake a research project in one of these areas.

Teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, practicals and field classes. We take you round the UK and to Europe as part of our free, field-teaching programme. All students have a personal tutor who teaches transferable Earth science skills and gives you pastoral support.

The school is exceptionally close knit, with low staff to student ratios; students make lasting friendships across and between year groups.

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. You will find yourself in a position to inform those who determine the future of environmental policy.

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

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are delivered through lectures, laboratory-based practicals and organised field trips.

Small-group tutorials help you to develop of key skills. These are held every fortnight, and you prepare work and complete problem sets for your tutor who will advise 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. Formal assessment may be wholly examination-based, wholly coursework-based or be a combination of assessed coursework and examination.

What are my career prospects?

Environmental geoscience graduates are highly sought after by the mining, mineral exploration, geotechnical, environmental consultancy and petroleum industries. Within six months of graduation, 70 per cent of Bristol's earth sciences graduates who have chosen to go into employment are in graduate-level jobs. Some graduates go on to further study in the field and then enter academia; others follow careers in the scientific media, finance and teaching.

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


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