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

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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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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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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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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BSc

Geography

Explore our dynamic and ever changing world – from volcanoes and landslides to climate change and biodiversity.

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BSc

Geology with Geography

What happens during an earthquake? What’s going on inside an erupting volcano? How does a meteorite impact affect the Earth? Why do flash floods happen and can...

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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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MSci

Marine Sciences

The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and contains a huge range of ecosystems, from deep sea hydrothermal vents through to shallow estuaries. It is also a...

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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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Research

School of Environmental Sciences

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08 Mar 2021

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities

Coastal populations are experiencing relative sea-level rise up to four times faster than the global average – according to new research from the University of...

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05 Mar 2021

Antarctic seals reveal worrying threats to disappearing glaciers

More Antarctic meltwater is surfacing than was previously known, modifying the climate, preventing sea ice from forming and boosting marine productivity–...

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04 Mar 2021

How governments and companies should listen to the people on climate change

People are more engaged in reducing carbon emissions than previously thought - and governments, scientists and companies should listen to them - according to new...

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03 Mar 2021

Tenfold increase in CO2 emissions cuts needed to stem climate emergency

New research shows 64 countries cut their fossil CO2 emissions during 2016-2019, but the rate of reduction needs to increase tenfold to meet the Paris Agreement...

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01 Mar 2021

World Wildlife Day spotlight on the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

From protecting pollinators to studying bird migration, safeguarding Antarctic penguins and writing about jellyfish superpowers – a group of UEA researchers are...

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25 Feb 2021

Huge gaps in UK regulation exist following transition from EU, new academic report finds 

The UK is still not in a position to assume responsibility for regulation in several critical policy areas including trade, crime and the environment, according...

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18 Feb 2021

The UEA researchers Making Peace with Nature

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have been part of a UN project to urgently solve planetary emergencies and secure humanity’s future.

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25 Jan 2021

Continued strict control measures needed to reduce new COVID-19 strains

A group of scientists is calling on governments to consider the continued use of strict control measures as the only way to reduce the evolution and spread of...

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Event

Can We Adapt Transformatively To Climate Decline?

  • Mar 23, 2021 18:00PM
  • Online
  • Free

A round table discussion with Nick Brooks, Joanne Clarke and Rupert Read (all UEA) as part of the Philosophy Public Lecture Series 2021: Bad News Is Good News? The Upside of Down

Event

London Lecture: Is a digital future also a low carbon future?

  • Mar 18, 2021 18:30PM
  • Online
  • Free

Digital technologies are woven into the fabric of everyday life. In this talk Prof Charlie Wilson will explore the ways in which digitalisation is changing how we move, shop, interact, and manage life at home, examining the impact this is having on carbon emissions... for better and for worse.