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

What happens inside a volcano? How can we forecast earthquakes? Why do we experience extreme weather and can we control it? Explore geophysics in the context of...

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BA

Geography with a Placement Year

How do we respond effectively to climate change?How do we manage our dwindling resources?How do we deal with population growth in cities and the challenges of...

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BSc

Geography with a Placement Year

Explore our dynamic and ever changing world – from volcanoes and landslides to climate change and biodiversity. You’ll gain a solid understanding of the...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences with a Placement Year

What is the evidence for climate change? How does pollution affect human health and wellbeing? How are international environmental treaties formed? How can we...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences and International Development

Why are the problems of poverty, inequality and access to natural resources so intractable in some parts of the world? How do societies manage the trade-offs...

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BSc

Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year

How can we change our behavior to reduce the effects of climate change? What controls the Earth’s natural systems? What might our landscape look like in the...

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MSc

Environmental Sciences

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

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BSc

Environmental Sciences

What is the evidence for climate change? How does pollution affect human health and wellbeing? How are international environmental treaties formed? How can we...

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BA

Geography

How do we respond effectively to climate change? How do we manage our dwindling resources? How do we deal with population growth in cities and the challenges of...

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Research

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16 Sep 2021

How climate change could impact algae in the global ocean

Global warming is likely to cause abrupt changes to important algal communities because of shifting biodiversity ‘break point’ boundaries in the oceans –...

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15 Sep 2021

Ambitious research to study fundamental earth and environmental science questions

The University of East Anglia is leading one of five innovative new research projects that could push the boundaries of science and help us understand key...

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24 Aug 2021

UEA part of international team measuring how the Arctic responds to climate change

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have helped develop a new way to measure how Arctic plants respond to climate change.

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06 Aug 2021

Government boosts UK resilience against climate change

New research to step up the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as flooding, heatwaves and extreme weather storms, is made possible by the...

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28 Jul 2021

How relaxing Covid-19 restrictions could pave the way for vaccine resistance

Relaxing Covid-19 restrictions could pave the way for new vaccine-resistant virus mutations – according to researchers at the University of East Anglia and the...

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21 Jul 2021

The impact of climate change on Kenya's Tana River Basin

Many species within Kenya’s Tana River Basin will be unable to survive if global temperatures continue to rise as they are on track to do – according to new...

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19 Jul 2021

Global satellite data shows clouds will amplify global heating

A new approach to analyse satellite measurements of Earth’s cloud cover reveals that clouds are very likely to enhance global heating, according to a new...

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07 Jul 2021

Atmospheric acidity impacts oceanic ecology

Increased acidity in the atmosphere is disrupting the ecological balance of the oceans, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Event

UEA at Norwich Science Festival - Hello Future Fashion

  • Oct 24, 2021 17:00PM
  • Norwich School, Norwich NR1 4DD
  • Norwich Science Festival
  • Free

Hello Future Fashion: Contributing to a more sustainable future
Discover inspiring, affordable, accessible ways to consume less but still enjoy fashion and help contribute towards the survival of the planet, with insights from researchers, businesses, makers and activists in Norfolk
 

Event

UEA at Norwich Science Festival - Climate of Change Exhibition

  • Oct 23, 2021 10:00AM
  • The Forum, Norwich
  • Norwich Science Festival
  • Free

Sat 23 - Sat 30 October, 10am-4pm UEA Climate of Change is the University’s response to the UN Climate Conference hosted in Glasgow in November 2021. Drop into The Forum during the Science Festival to see the outcomes of projects that UEA have delivered with young people, together with an immersive climate change-related experience

Event

UEA at Norwich Science Festival - Hello Future Fashion Exhibition

  • Oct 23, 2021 10:00AM
  • The Forum, Norwich
  • Exhibition
  • Free

Sat 23 - Sat 30 October, 10am to 4pm Hello Future Fashion: exhibition and workshops. How much do you think about the clothes you wear? What are they made from? And what happens when we stop wearing them? Visit the Hello Future Fashion pop-up to explore the stories of our clothes, then learn new upcycling and mending skills in a range of workshops.

Event

Are we heading for extinction? Humanity and the Climate Crisis

  • Oct 12, 2021 19:00PM
  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Panel discussion
  • £5

Speakers: Dr Rachel Carmenta, Prof Robert Nicholls, Prof Jeff Price, Dr Rupert Read, Jean McNeil (chair) It was an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, but will it be climate change that brings an eventual end to humankind? Four panellists from the University of East Anglia will address the human impact of climate change – from rising sea levels to biodiversity collapse – and the associated humanitarian and philosophical crises. But is there hope for humanity? Dr Rachel Carmenta is Lecturer in Climate Change and International Development at UEA and the Tyndall Centre. Prof Robert Nicholls is Director of the Tyndall Centre, and Professor of Climate Adaptation at UEA and the Tyndall Centre. Prof Jeff Price is an Associate Professor at UEA, and a Senior Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre. Dr Rupert Read is a Reader at UEA. Prof Jean McNeil is a Professor of Creative Writing at UEA. Robert Nicholls and Jean McNeil are on the ClimateUEA Internal Leadership Group

Event

Lasdun lecture: What happened at COP26?

  • Nov 25, 2021 18:30PM
  • Lecture theatre 1, UEA and online - booking link to follow
  • Lecture
  • Free, booking link to follow

Free lecture hosted by UEA. Part of ClimateUEA - booking details to follow