School of Environmental Sciences

We're proud to be one of the most developed schools of our kind in Europe. But what does it mean to be an excellent institution for environmental sciences?

For us, it means a focus on research that matters. We influence policy at the highest levels on climate change, atmospheric and ocean science, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation.

It means being open to learning. We are an interdisciplinary school, bringing together different aspects of natural and social sciences. Today's problems require inventive solutions, so we encourage students to explore psychological, policymaking and scientific approaches, making them adaptable, inventive and collaborative. We also give our students opportunities to learn from hands-on experience in their chosen subject area.

It also means always striving to be better. We were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, marking 50 years of research and discovery. We're dedicated to welcoming and inspiring new generations of diverse, committed, confident scientists and problem-solvers.

 

BSc

Geophysics

Unearth the mysteries of our planet and delve deep into the wide-ranging subject of geophysics. From the skies and seas to earthquakes, volcanoes and the deep...

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BA

Geography with a Placement Year

Learn to tackle today’s biggest global challenges, from climate change, resource management and urban change to health, migration and poverty. On this course,...

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BSc

Geography with a Placement Year

Explore the many global challenges facing our planet today – from volcanoes and landslides to climate change and the biodiversity crisis. You’ll have the...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences with a Placement Year

Understanding and protecting our environment has never been so important. On this degree, you’ll explore some of the most critical subjects affecting the planet...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences and International Development

Study the science of environmental change and discover how it relates to the challenges of human development. You’ll explore the issues of poverty, inequality...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences

Understanding and protecting our environment has never been so important. On this degree, you’ll explore some of the most critical subjects affecting the planet...

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BA

Geography

Learn to tackle today’s biggest global challenges, from climate change, resource management and urban change to health, migration and poverty. On this course,...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year

Our Foundation Year is a great route onto our Environmental Sciences degrees. The course will give you a thorough grounding in all the skills you need for...

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MSc

Environmental Sciences

What are the links between the effects of climate change and pollution and the mismanagement and overexploitation of resources? How can we solve the...

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Research

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  News
A jaguar in the Pantanal, South America
23 Nov 2021

Wildlife conservation and economically viable land use are compatible

Wildlife conservation on land that is also economically viable is possible, according to a new study involving the University of East Anglia.

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Landslide into river near the village of Chakhu
19 Nov 2021

Earthquakes and rainfall lead to increase in landslides in Nepal

Earthquakes and extreme rainfall can lead to a six-fold increase in the rates of rainfall-triggered landslides occurring during Nepal’s monsoon season, according...

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Aerial view of UEA campus
18 Nov 2021

UEA researchers named in world’s 2021 most highly cited list

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers list for 2021.

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Grey smoke billowing into the sky from industrial chimneys
04 Nov 2021

Global carbon emissions rebound close to pre-Covid levels

Global carbon emissions in 2021 are set to rebound close to pre-Covid levels, according to the Global Carbon Project.

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Asher Minns in a cloud suit
01 Nov 2021

Our expert on the spot at COP

Asher Minns, Executive Director of UEA’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, is a UN climate conference pro. But this week he’s at the heart of the...

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Arctic ice
28 Oct 2021

Reviews highlight consequences of failing to tackle climate change

A set of scientific reviews published today reinforces the urgent need for global action to reduce the impact of climate change on vital carbon sinks, our oceans...

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Tall rainforest trees
18 Oct 2021

Dr Nem Vaughan awarded Philip Leverhulme prize

The prestigious award recognises outstanding researchers.

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Event

Christmas lectures for children: I'm dreaming of a green Christmas

  • Dec 11, 2021 10:00AM
  • Lecture Theatre 1, UEA
  • Lecture
  • Free

Bring the whole family for two lectures on climate action with a festive feel! UEA's annual Christmas lectures for children are aimed at children ages 7-12, but are suitable for all.

You don’t have to be a superhero to save the world: activism that works
Kids today don’t have it easy. Climate change, coronavirus, parents that won’t let you watch TV endlessly, and don’t get us started on that homework nonsense you get from schools. So how would you like to make things a bit better? In this lecture, Dr Ben Little will explain that being a superhero is not the only way to make a difference, instead with cunning tactics and crazy examples – with at least one involving poo – he’ll teach you how to band together to stop bad guys doing terrible things to the planet, the people around you and maybe even to your schools. We won’t help with your parents though – they’re right: too much YouTube turns your brain to jelly.

The long journey: how stuff becomes rubbish
Books, clothes, food wrappers, furniture, shoes… every day, we use a mountain of stuff! But where does our stuff come from? What happens to it when we don’t want it anymore? Does all stuff get recycled? How could our stuff end up in a turtle’s nose? And what can we do about it? These are some questions that we will look at in this trash-tastic lecture on how our things go from produced, to cherished belonging, to waste. Find out who produces the vast range of stuff that we use in our daily lives, and what happens when we don’t want it anymore. Join Sara Skarp as she takes you on a journey into the long, wondrous and hidden life of rubbish.

UEA's Christmas lectures for children are recorded and hosted on the UEA Public Engagement and Events YouTube channel.