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.



We offer degrees with a placement year, a year abroad and an integrated masters.

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Two panels of the climate change mural artwork
25 Nov 2022

Climate change mural now on display at Norwich City Hall in historic year for Climatic Research Unit

On the 50th anniversary year of UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), the stark impact of climate change has been brought into focus by a giant mural now on...

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25 Nov 2022

Subsidence control reduces flood risk in China’s coastal communities in China

New research suggests that implementation of a national policy of subsidence control would greatly reduce the impacts on sea level rise for people living in...

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Icebergs melting in the Atlantic
18 Nov 2022

Climate change driving changes of plankton in our ocean

Scientists have discovered that the heating up of the North Atlantic is causing plankton to shift and change in abundance, indicating a threat to the earth’s...

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Emissions from a power plant in Thailand.
11 Nov 2022

No sign of decrease in global CO2 emissions

Global carbon emissions in 2022 remain at record levels, according to the latest annual update from the Global Carbon Project.

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Two scientists collect data in the Arctic.
17 Oct 2022

New dataset reveals biological “treasure trove” of Arctic Ocean

A major new project will help benchmark biodiversity change in the Arctic Ocean and guide conservation efforts by identifying unique species and assessing their...

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An Ethiopian drought.
28 Sep 2022

Rising global temperatures point to widespread drought

Worsening droughts caused by rising global temperatures pose significant risks around the world – according to new research from UEA. 

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An autonomous underwater vehicle splashes through the Antarctic.
05 Sep 2022

Stunning new images provide ‘crystal ball’ for Thwaites’ future

History has seen Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier retreat even more quickly than it is today, according to new research involving the University of East Anglia.

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An orchid bee in the Amazonian rainforest.
26 Aug 2022

Hydropower dams induce widespread species extinctions across Amazonian forest islands

Hydropower should avoid flooding forests to minimise biodiversity loss and disturbance in the Amazonian rainforest, new research from UEA finds. 

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