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.
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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.
Research and impact
Research in the school
- National award for chemistry teaching innovation 22 February 2024
- Project aims to enhance the potential to forecast landslides 8 February 2024
- Citizen science project tracks the health of planet’s peatlands 2 February 2024
- Championing diversity in polar science 1 February 2024
- University expands its work to address critical challenges facing our planet 16 January 2024
Journey to the Bottom of the Celtic Sea
Research by our Earth Scientists on the Celtic Sea bed is helping develop renewable energy futures in the south west.
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 2023
The 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.
What's on events
- Geo-Environmental Careers Fair 28 February 2024 12:00 - 16:00
- School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences postgraduate opportunities – virtual drop-in session 6 March 2024 14:00 - 15:00
- A Level Geohazards Student Conference 26 March 2024 11:30 - 15:35
- School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences postgraduate opportunities – virtual drop-in session 17 May 2024 15:00 - 16:00
- [SAVE THE DATE] Girls into Geoscience 8 July 2024 - 9 July 2024
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The school aims to embed EDI across all functions and strategies to support our staff and students. We are committed to promoting EDI principles, ensuing an inclusive learning environment, and preventing discrimination and harassment. The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences currently holds a bronze Athena Swan departmental award recognising our gender equality efforts.