School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Earth & Environmental Science

Undergraduate Earth and Environmental Science

Our teaching exposes you to innovative research in these fields.

The Whin Sill's geology, rural tourism and ecology of fungi species like waxcaps make Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland National Park an ideal place for our Earth and Environmental Science students to visit.

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

Teaching excellence

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

Employability

95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment, more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

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:

  • mining
  • oil
  • engineering
  • water supply
  • environmental sectors
  • alternative energy industry

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.


What our students say


Otto

I would recommend Earth Science at Newcastle to any student interested in geosciences. It is a broad and challenging course.


Our degrees in 60 seconds


Environmental Science


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

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 a degree


Earth Science BSc

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 33-35 points - 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.


Earth Science MEarthSci

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - AAB-ABB, IB: 33-35 points - This four-year MEarthSci degree explores the fascinating complexity of the Earth system, through subjects like geology, chemistry and microbiology.


Environmental Science BSc

Duration: 3 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - Environmental science is the study of the whole environment. It covers biological organisms, our physical environment, and the interactions between them.


Environmental Science (Agricultural and Env Sci) MEnv

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - In this degree you study a core curriculum before taking a fourth year at Master's level, specialising in agricultural and environmental science.


Environmental Sciences (Clean Technology) MEnv

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - In this degree you take a fourth year at Master's level, specialising in environmental management and sustainable development.


Environmental Science (Ecosystem Management) MEnv

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - In this degree you take a fourth year of advanced study at Master's level, specialising in ecosystem management.


Environmental Science (Environmental Geochemistry) MEnv

Duration: 4 years - Entry requirements: A-Levels - ABB, IB: 34 points - 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.