Environmental Science

Our research teams in Environmental Science are multidisciplinary comprising scientists, conservationists and engineers who apply their combined knowledge of biology, chemistry, geography, geology and physics to improve our understanding of environmental systems and to devise solutions to environmental problems.

Your Study Experience

Staff and students engaged in environmental science are based in a number of different schools across the University.

The broad range of our expertise comes together in the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, which facilitates cross-disciplinary working towards a goal of a more sustainable society.

Master’s Programmes

As an Master’s student (see degree list below) you will be taught by leading academics who bring their research expertise into the curriculum content. You will also benefit from the wide range of dissertation projects available each year, some of which involve working within or alongside a company operating in the environmental sector.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

PhD/MPhil Study

As a PhD or MPhil research student you will receive advice and guidance from a team of research-active academics whose research interests match your own across three main research areas:

Environmental Biology 

• microbial ecology in a range of environments
• the ecology and diversity of plants and animals and their responses to human activity including the conservation of biodiversity
• biological systems modelling


• geomicrobiology
• mineral science
• molecular microbial ecology
• soil biogeochemistry
• the bioremediation of polluted soils and waters.

Marine Sciences

• marine ecosystems and their governance, involving projects often of a socioecological character especially on coral reefs (notably Indo-Pacific and Caribbean) and in temperate continental shelf waters
• invertebrate reproduction, marine biotechnology and biofouling
• marine biogeochemistry, with a particular focus on the oceans’ role in cycling climate-active gases.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.


Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: