Undergraduate Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences at Newcastle helps you put theory into practice. We test what's taught in the field.
Our subject is globally significant to our future and that of the environment around us. We:
- analyse formation and evolution of the Earth’s environment
- work at the forefront of geoenergy and fossil fuel use
Our research-led teaching ensures you develop the right skills and knowledge.
We'll expose you to the leading technologies and techniques in the field.
Research by a team of geochemists and microbiologists at Newcastle University, led by Professors Ian Head and Steve Larter, is opening up untapped oil reserves.
We ensure our degrees are at the cutting edge of the profession.
Graduates are well-equipped to begin careers in industry or to pursue further studies.
Quality and ranking
Earth Science at Newcastle is highly regarded. It:
- has 92% student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2017 (Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences category)
- is in the top 200 – Earth and Marine Sciences category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
What our students say
I would recommend Earth Science at Newcastle to any student interested in geosciences. It is a broad and challenging course.
Your future job prospectsYour future job prospects
Earth science graduates are well qualified to enter a wide range of careers. The geoscience industry has a shortage of graduates with the skills we teach.
You will be able to enter the global geology industry with potential careers in:
- water supply
- environmental sectors
- alternative energy industry
Countryside Management and Rural Studies
Our graduates find employment in land-based and environmental careers. These include:
- chartered surveying
- rights-of-way officers
- working for conservation teams in charities and pressure groups
Our graduates have gone on to work for the European Parliament, Met Office and Oxfam.
Additionally, government organisations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers.
Graduates with an environmental science background find employment with conservation bodies. These include:
- Natural England
- the Environment Agency
- water companies
- local government environmental health departments
- other environmental protection agencies
They undertake roles as varied as environmental consultancy and environmental engineering.
Excellent facilitiesExcellent facilities
Our laboratories enable a range of chemical, biological, geological and geoscience research activities.
These include field sampling, sample preparation, analytical chemistry, geochemistry and molecular biology.
Specialist facilities include:
- gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
- liquid chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
- inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy
- inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
- thermogravimetric analysis and TGA-MS
- mercury porosimetry
We also have:
- elemental analysis, including total organic carbon analysis
- ion chromatography
- atomic absorption spectrometry
- rock evaluation analysis
- molecular biology suite
- thermal and hydraulic conductivity testing equipment
- large testing frames - 250kN, 1000kN and 5000kN tension/compression loading machines
Spectacular field tripsSpectacular field trips
You will have the chance to visit and work in the beautiful, varied landscapes and habitats. These are on Newcastle University’s doorstep.
They include the rugged beauty of Northumberland, County Durham and Cumbria.
The nearby North Pennines is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Northumberland National Park is nearby and includes Kielder Forest and Water Park.
These areas are significant for study. They're also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Choose an Earth Sciences degree
If you are interested in the processes that have shaped the structure and development of the Earth, this three-year BSc degree is for you.
This four-year MEarthSci degree explores the fascinating complexity of the Earth system, through subjects like geology, chemistry and microbiology.
This degree explores countryside management from a wide variety of perspectives. It equips you with a balanced overview of the competing interests in rural areas.
This degree is ideal if you're interested in the social, economic and political systems that manage the countryside and support rural businesses and communities.
Environmental science is the study of the whole environment. It covers biological organisms, our physical environment, and the interactions between them.
In this degree you study a core curriculum before taking a fourth year at Master's level, specialising in agricultural and environmental science.
In this degree you take a fourth year at Master's level, specialising in environmental management and sustainable development.
In this degree you take a fourth year of advanced study at Master's level, specialising in ecosystem management.
In this degree you take a fourth year of advanced study at Master's level, specialising in environmental geochemistry.
Year in Industry and Placements
Our Earth Science degrees are offered with a Year in Industry, which will give you an advantage in the jobs market.
Our Environmental Science degrees are offered with placements, which will give you an advantage in the jobs market.