Our inter-disciplinary team of world-class academics teaches a suite of degree programmes focused on challenges including climate change, natural hazards, social justice, pollution, energy transitions, land- and seascape conservation and the sensitive development of natural resources. All of our degree programmes are professionally accredited and designed with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind.
Head of School
Our teaching areas
Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
The University of Plymouth has been named among the top 5% of universities globally in 2022 for its contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals*, in particular, work on marine issues and on climate change. In the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, sustainability is at the heart of our research and teaching. From sustainable cities, affordable and clean energy, to climate policy, biodiversity, and natural hazards, our academic staff work with partners locally and overseas to help understand, communicate and solve fundamental and pressing sustainability challenges.
*Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022We are incredibly proud of our Postgraduate courses across the school. In the latest Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022 wereceived 100% overall satisfaction with the course quality for our postgraduate courses. 94% of our postgraduate students surveyed were satisfied with the teaching and learning and 93% with the skills development received. These results are well above the average for the sector.
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
Find out more about our outreach activitiesWe 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.
Research and impact
Research in the school
- Survey assesses impact of organised crime on Devon and Cornwall’s farming communities 27 June 2022
- International call for greater appreciation and understanding of the world’s sand resources 26 April 2022
- Black Death mortality was not as widespread as previously thought 10 February 2022
- Earthquakes and extreme rainfall lead to a significant increase in the rates of landslides in Nepal 18 November 2021
- Extreme weather and earthquakes need greater attention when examining Nepal’s landslides 8 November 2021
The South West is a Natural Powerhouse
Our current energy system is heavily reliant on fossil fuels and is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. Renewable energy provides alternative sources for the future energy system that will reduce our current greenhouse gas emissions and aid in the essential transition away from fossil fuel use. The South West is to be at the heart of this transition.
At the University of Plymouth, we offer two MSc programmes to support graduates' ambitions to work within the offshore renewable energy sector.
ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership opportunities October 2022
Find out more about ARIES PhD project opportunities starting October 2022The ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences) DTP is a NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Plymouth, East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Royal Holloway University of London.
Athena Swan is a national Charter designed to advance the careers of women in STEMM.
Girls into geoscience
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.