Our Environmental Science degree provides a wide breadth of study opportunities from across the School of Environmental Sciences.
Our degree is designed to give you an understanding of both natural and human induced environmental problems. All of our modules centre on real world issues and application, such as food security, climate change, energy security, pollution and natural hazards.
In addition to bespoke environmental science classes, our degree allows you to choose from a range of modules in biology, ecology, physical geography, and earth climate and ocean sciences, so that you can shape your degree to suit your particular areas of interest and career pathway.
Focusing on applied skills that are relevant to careers in environmental science, you will gain expertise in monitoring, modelling and managing the environment.
From your first week to your final year, field classes and laboratory practicals are an integral part of your learning, and provide a firm grounding in the latest techniques and technologies in environmental science. You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, including practicals in our purpose built (£23 million) Central Teaching Laboratories.
In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s coastal location, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in locations such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Peak District, Portugal, Iceland and California.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in 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 barriers to access.
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In a recent graduate survey, former students identified that the key skills which they developed during their time with the Department are essential in any workplace. These include abstracting and synthesising information; independent and self-motivated learning; recognising and respecting other viewpoints; essay and report writing; oral presentation; planning and execution of a research project and problem solving. Geography graduates have found employment in a wide range of careers, including in the last few years: Conservation Volunteer, Primary and Secondary Teachers, Planning Assistant, Programme Coordinator; Consultant, Educational Support Assistant, Geotechnical Assistant, Governmental Researcher, Project Development Officer, Public Health Intelligence Officer, Ranger, Traffic Management Technician, Trainee Buyer, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Graduate Trainee Chartered Construction Manager, Customer Services Officer, Chartered Surveyor, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Business Development Officer, Town Planner, Graduate Transport Planner and Head of Education.
26 experienced staff provide tutorial and welfare support; established network of field study locations; recently refurbished physical laboratories, including state-of-the-art particle size and x-ray analysis equipment; GIS/Cartography suite with computing centre; collection containing over 100,000 maps, 600 atlases and CD ROMs allowing access to digital data.
55% of research activity has been deemed world-leading or internationally excellent, and a further 35% internationally recognised.
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94% of recent Geography graduates would have chosen to study Geography at the University of Liverpool again in a recent student survey.
"The specific features of the department's teaching programme that are most distinctive include a focus on skills and not just knowledge, a strong emphasis on fieldwork in diverse environments (including major overseas fieldwork opportunities in the third year), and close links with high quality staff research"
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