School of Earth and Environment
SEE Building

Welcome to the School of Earth and Environment

If you choose to study in the School of Earth and Environment you will be joining one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country. Experts within the School study the Earth from its core to the atmosphere, with expertise ranging from geophysics and surface processes to atmospheric science, climate change and environmental sustainability. Leeds is in fact, one of just a few universities that has brought the complete range of disciplines from geology and geophysics, environmental science, meteorology and climate science, to environmental social science together under one banner. We also have one of the largest research clusters of Earth, environmental and social scientists in the UK and internationally. Our research is organised across five School Institutes and two national research centres. This means we are at the forefront in tackling global issues such as climate change, energy, water and sustainable development.

Our commitment to investing in the student experience with research-led teaching at the core, guarantees that in a research-intensive university like Leeds, you will interact with staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide. Our focus is also on equipping our graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to help them succeed regardless of career path. Whatever your level of study we have something for you:

  • at undergraduate level we have a wide range of BSc and BA degrees, plus groundbreaking four-year undergraduate Masters courses with a year abroad
  • at postgraduate taught level we offer the widest range of one-year vocational Masters courses in our subject area in the UK
  • at postgraduate research level can choose from a wide range of exciting projects, addressing the latest issues in research, conducted in a supportive ‘research group’ atmosphere.

In 2010 our staff and students moved into a new £23 million building with state of the art facilities for both teaching and research, bringing together all the School's departments under one roof for the first time. The community includes more than 80 academic staff, around 50 additional support and teaching staff and over 100 postgraduate students. Although large, the School has a close-knit, informal and friendly atmosphere with strong interdisciplinary co-operation which extends to colleagues in the School of Geography and in the internationally acclaimed Institute for Transport Studies. We also collaborate with the University's Schools of Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials, Civil Engineering, and Mining and Mineral Engineering. The School also has strong collaborative links with industry and government, with academics influencing policy on a range of issues from climate change to the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Awards and Achievements

  • We were ranked 7th in the UK for Earth and Marine Sciences (placing us firmly amongst the Top 10 Universities in the country offering courses such as Geology and Geophysics), and in the Top 20 for Geography and Environmental Studies - Guardian University League Tables 2016
  • We are one of the Top 5 UK Universities (alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Imperial) for Earth Sciences (21st Worldwide) and in the Top 10 (#7) in the UK for Academic Reputation for Environmental Sciences - QS World University Rankings 2016.
  • We are ranked 8th in the UK for Geology and in the Top 15 for Geography and Environmental Studies - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) - The School has been ranked:

    • 5th out of 44 departments in the UK for overall research quality in Earth systems and environmental sciences
    • One of the UK's top 2 centres for research power and 90% of our research has reached world-leading and internationally excellent standards based on overall quality
    • Within the top 2 in the UK for the quality of our research
    • 1st in the UK for the quantity of its world-leading research