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. 

SEE was awarded the Silver accreditation for the Green Impact Initiative 2012/13.