Why Plymouth?

Welcome to Earth sciences at Plymouth. Earth sciences at Plymouth encompasses geology, physical geography, and environmental geoscience, and are the cutting edge of research into sustainable futures. Through lectures, hands-on practicals and an extensive national and international fieldwork programme, our degrees develop your expert knowledge of the forces that have shaped our planet. Our new modules explore critical relationships between Earth processes and society: how to reduce risks from natural hazards; understanding environmental change over time, and how we transition to cleaner energy sources. Enjoy exploring our exciting degree programmes and hearing from current students and graduates about their experiences.
Dr Matthew Watkinson
Earth Sciences Programme Manager 
Associate Professor in Petroleum Geology 
Dr Matthew Watkinson

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Recent edition: Spring 2024

Jon ShawJon Shaw
Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Girls into Geoscience
We hope to provide crucial role models for aspiring female scientists across the Earth Science spectrum, in person and through our popular blog posts, as well as promoting diversity and equality in our field. Our an annual award winning Girls into Geoscience (GiG) event is held at the University of Plymouth.
Girls into Geoscience

Discover our range of postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities

Grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone

MSc Environmental Geochemistry

Top view of an open pit for the extraction of gold ore with depth of 250 meters.

MSc Environmental and Engineering Geology

Student walking across red cliffs, on a geology field trip.

ResM Geological Sciences

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.

Earth Smart  

At Plymouth, we are bridging the gap between research and action – we are Earth Smart. By bringing research directly into the field, working with farmers, landowners and communities, we are co-creating sustainable land management strategies. We are developing practical approaches to using advanced agri-tech and sensor technology to provide rapid, real-world data that can be applied at the right time and in the right place for productive, sustainable, healthy landscapes.’
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A diverse and respectful place in which to work and study is fundamental to everything we do.
Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science.


Petroleum Experts Limited Donates MOVE Software License

Software facilitates three dimensional analysis and structural modelling of deformation of Earth's crust through time.

We are pleased to announce the donation of 10 sets of the MOVE software suite to the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences by UK-based Petroleum Experts Limited. This industry standard software package, which is valued at £1,872,218.26 million, facilitates three dimensional analysis and structural modelling of deformation of Earth's crust through time. Tools in the software suite aid in cross-section construction, kinematic restoration, geomechanical modelling, fracture studies, and stress analysis. The School greatly values the donation of this software and the opportunity to continue to integrate MOVE into the teaching and research activities of both undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff.