Environmental Geoscience BSc (Hons)

Key information


Please note that this course may be subject to change, and is pending formal validation.

As climate change and other environmental challenges accelerate, to save the planet we need to understand the planet. If you want to be part of the solution, study Environmental Geoscience in Liverpool. You will learn how the Earth works, and how to apply that knowledge to make a difference. You will develop key skills to help tackle the effects of climate change and to help ensure a sustainable environment for everybody.

Programme in detail

The Environmental Geoscience programme provides students with the key knowledge and skills necessary to understand how the most important aspects of planet Earth work. You will study modules in geology, geophysics, physical geography, climate science and modelling. You will graduate with a broad knowledge of environmental science and a range of skills spanning problem solving using the scientific method, numeracy and coding, field work including data acquisition with all the latest geophysical and digital equipment, and report writing and communication skills, all designed to equip you for a career helping maintain a sustainable environment on our precious planet.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students 2018

UK league tables

15th for Geology - The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Graduate prospects

93% of 120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Department resources

Teaching operates out of the multi award winning Central Teaching Laboratories

Why this subject?

Benefit from access to our world-class teaching facilities

Our award-winning, teaching laboratories are amongst the most advanced in Europe and offer you an inspiring environment to learn in. You’ll be taught to confidently use state-of-the-art research-and-industry-standard equipment during your degree.

Have confidence for the future with our accredited degree programmes

You will build the skills necessary for many areas of employment from environmental protection and consultancy, planning and conservation, through to the geotechnical, mineral and energy resource industries, as well as careers in scientific research or academia.

Develop academically with support from our network of staff and access to research groups

You will be taught by research-active staff, at the forefront of their chosen fields, and you will learn about cutting-edge science before it appears in textbooks. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake project work within the Department’s research groups.

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio means you will never be an anonymous student in an enormous class, and you will have the opportunity to get to know all academic staff in the Department. You will have fortnightly tutorials with a member of academic staff in years one and two, and you will be assigned a personal tutor, who will offer guidance and support throughout your time at the University. We also have a very active Earth Sciences student society ‘The Herdman Society’, which runs academic and social events from guest lectures and fieldtrips to gala dinners, symposiums and sports events and provides many opportunities to get involved, make a difference, and develop useful skills in the process

Complement your studies with extensive fieldwork opportunities

By the time you graduate, our extensive field training will have equipped you with the specific practical skills necessary for a career in Earth Sciences. You will also have developed transferable life-skills and independent thinking.

Note that a number of the School’s degree programmes do involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out at various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address any barriers to access.