School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth Science students in Death Valley, California.

  • 6 World class research from internationally renowned researchers
  • 6 State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities
  • 6 All our degrees are accredited
  • 6 Taught by leading academics in the field

Our teaching areas

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are grouped into four subject areas

Western Australia 

Scholarships for outstanding applicants

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences’ scholarship scheme recognises and rewards students joining our degree courses who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarships of £1,000 will be awarded to the two applicants in each of our subjects (earth sciences, chemistry, geography and environmental science) who achieve the highest grades in their A level or equivalent exams. The scholarship will be awarded during their first year of study at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Paul Lunt and students: a field class on Dartmoor


We have a programme of outreach activities working with schools and teachers through visits to local schools, in house events, or wider promotion of the subject via national societies.
Find out more about our outreach activities

Research and impact

Research highlights

Darwin200 voyage: inspiring young people for ocean sustainability

Follow our Environmental Scientists Dr Charlotte Braungardt and Dr Richard Sandford who are leading a unique programme of ocean science outreach, monitoring the health of our seas aboard the tall ship Pelican.

Instagram: @envplyuni 

Facebook: @darwin2002021

Instagram: @darwin200_

LinkedIn: @darwin200


Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN is a national Charter designed to advance the careers of women in STEMM.

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences holds a bronze Athena SWAN departmental award.

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Girls into geoscience

This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. 

With seminars from women working in geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s girls into geoscience event isn’t one to miss. 

Geology isn’t just for the boys – find out more!