Postgraduate programmes

Our taught programmes and postgraduate research are aimed at producing people who will be uniquely able to confront the global challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century, to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to meet the skills and knowledge base required by a wide range of sectors in the UK, Europe and globally. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes spans the full range of subjects within the school and is supported by our academics and technical staff across geography, earth sciences, environmental science, chemistry and colleagues elsewhere in the University.

  • 6 90% of our graduates have professional employment
  • 6 Teaching informed by world-class research
  • 6 Extensive research and teaching facilities
  • 6 Extensive links with industry and employers

What degree is right for me? 

We offer a range of taught and research masters programmes as well as the opportunity to undertake research to gain a doctoral degree? See below for details of the different types of degree and pathways for higher level study.

MSc: 1 year duration, 2 semesters of taught content (120 credits), dissertation (60 credits). Many of our MSc’s include a work placement module.

MRes: 1 year duration, 1 semester of taught content (40 credits), followed by an expanded research dissertation (140 credits)

ResM: 12 – 18 months, 40 credits of taught modules (either semester) alongside an extended research project.

PhD: 3 – 4 years, no requirement to take taught modules in the majority of cases. The focus is on a major research project.

PhD research 

Research in the school covers earth sciences, geography, environmental science and chemistry. We aim to create and support high quality research opportunities that attract the best talents and build capacity for future high quality international research in the disciplines covered by our school. Many of our staff are at the cutting edge of research – as shown by our performance in the most recent national assessment of UK research (REF2014) and our researchers have access to our world-class analytical facilities that underpin both our teaching and research. 

We offer PhD studentships on a competitive basis in all areas of research focus. Studentships are advertised widely and come from a range of funders including the ESRC South West and the NERC ARIES Doctoral Training Programmes and external funding bodies. Studentships are usually advertised through the autumn and spring of the preceding academic year but may come up at any point within the academic year. Students with independent funding are welcome to contact academic staff at any time to discuss projects.

PhD coordinator: Sabine Lengger