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Environmental Geoscience MRes

Develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for further academic study or research-focused industry roles in environmental geoscience.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


You'll choose your own unique pathway and develop your skills and interests within environmental geoscience. You'll explore these ideas in-depth via your dissertation. You'll lead and develop a research project at the forefront of research. Expert academics from across the environmental geosciences at Newcastle University will support you.

You'll gain advanced research skills from our scientific skills module. Our broad range of optional modules allows you to pursue your interests and build a unique portfolio of skills and knowledge.

You'll gain the advanced skills required to conduct research within environmental geoscience. This will provide excellent preparation for those interested in a research-focused job and/or further academic study. Potential roles include:

  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental management
  • government agencies (eg Natural England, Environmental Agency)
  • GIS / remote sensing consultancy
  • further postgraduate study (PhD)

Meet our research students and read more about their research activities

Please look at the Your Future section for examples of our alumni's current occupations

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What you'll learn

Research skills

The programme will help develop the skills to:

  • formulate and test your own research questions
  • identify and evaluate appropriate research methods
  • synthesise complex information and key theories

Data analysis & practical skills

The programme will give you:

  • understanding of key concepts, theories and ideas, within your area of environmental geosciences
  • knowledge of a range of appropriate, advanced methods used within environmental geosciences
  • ability to acquire, process and analyse relevant scientific datasets
  • proficiency in a range of quantitative data analysis techniques
  • advanced IT skills and capability with specialist software


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

During the environmental geoscience programme, you'll develop a number of key transferable skills, which are vital for your future career, including:

  • being able to communicate to a high standard, via written material and oral presentations, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • being able to work effectively as a member of a team
  • the ability to deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively
  • being able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and tackling tasks
  • having excellent time management and planning skills
  • having the capacity to lead, manage and implement an in-depth project, including:
    • writing initial proposals
    • developing the project idea
    • planning data collection
    • data analysis
    • producing a publishable quality output

Your future


Potential roles include:

  • environmental consultancy
  • environmental management
  • government agencies (eg Natural England, Environmental Agency)
  • GIS / remote sensing consultancy
  • further postgraduate study (PhD)

Graduate destinations

Our programme prepares you for further academic study or research-focused industry roles. We are very proud of our alumni and stay in touch with them after graduation.

Our graduates have gone on to work in academia and in organisations such as:

  • Arcadis
  • Aval Group
  • Ergo Environmental
  • HS2
  • RDS Forestry
  • Tata Consultancy
  • Vattenfal
  • Wessex Water

Read more about what Libby and Megan say about their experiences

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The MRes in Environmental Geoscience is cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary. You will have a broad range of cutting-edge facilities, equipment and laboratories, including:

Computing and study facilities

You'll have access to a dedicated high-performance PC cluster. The cluster has appropriate specialist software, including remote sensing, GIS, and programming software. There are options for using a loan laptop, depending on availability and prioritised for those requiring laptop access during fieldwork.

There are a limited number of dedicated desks for MRes students in our postgraduate study space. This is located within our school to ensure proximity to your supervisor and to help integrate you into the research community.

Laboratories and workshops

Since 2014, research capacity in physical geography has been enhanced through new world-class laboratory facilities (Drummond labs, Houston lab, Sedimentology labs: combined £3M investment), supported by 4 technicians. In the new Henry Daysh Building, we also have a high-power geospatial computing facility and a microscopy room.

Our laboratories offer outstanding facilities for analysis of sediment geochemistry, palaeoecology, physical characteristics of sediments, cosmogenic isotope and organic geochemistry.

Additional strategic investment in state-of-the-art fieldwork equipment has been coupled with new investment in sample refrigerated storage (cores, sediments, water samples) tripling our capacity.

Field equipment

Our extensive pool of field equipment includes a range of technologies for:

  • topographic survey (levels, hand-held GPS, robotic and manual total stations, laser range-finders and Leica-differential GPS)
  • soil and sediment sampling (corers and augers for inorganic and organic sediment, gravity and piston corers for use in lakes)
  • biological and chemical analysis (aquatic kick nets, YSI water column chemistry sonde, portable HACH-Lange spectrophotometers, ultra-meters),
  • hydrological analysis (including stage recorders, rugged digital cameras and multi-parameter probes)

We also have 4x4 vehicles for field use.

Geophysical equipment:

Research Vessels

Newcastle University has a new state-of-the-art research vessel, The Princess Royal

We also have a number of small inflatable boats, complete with outboard motors.

Newcastle University Farms

For the plot to farm scale research, we use the University's NU-Farms:

Nafferton Farm, which is 12 miles west of Newcastle, is home to the internationally recognised Nafferton Ecological Farming Group and a unique farm-scale comparison of organic vs conventional crop and dairy production systems.

Cockle Park Farm, 18 miles north of Newcastle, is the centre for agri-technology development for Newcastle University and is part of the Centre for Crop Health and Protection.

Dove Marine Laboratory

The laboratory has a proud history of supporting excellence in Marine Science research, education and outreach for more than a century. It has a wide range of equipment, which is detailed on the laboratory web pages

Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum: Hancock holds the Newcastle University Mineral Collection. The collection consists of approximately 9,000 minerals from UK and worldwide localities and contains some extremely rare and valuable specimens.

The fossil collections contain vertebrate, invertebrate and botanical specimens. The collection of fossil plants is one of the most important within the museum.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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