School of Earth and Environment

Join one of the largest and most vibrant Schools in the country

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.

We are one of just a few universities that has brought you the complete range of disciplines from geology and geophysics, environmental science, meteorology and climate science, to environmental social science together under one roof.

This means you can interact with staff from one of the largest groups of Earth, environmental and social scientists in the UK and internationally who are at the forefront in tackling global issues such as climate change, energy, water and sustainable development. Our research is delivered by five School Institutes and two national research centres.

We invest in your student experience with research-led teaching at the core, guaranteeing you that in a research-intensive university like Leeds, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to help you succeed regardless of your career path.

Choose from the following whatever your level of study:

  • BSc and BA degrees at undergraduate level, or our 4-year undergraduate Integrated Masters courses with a year abroad
  • One-year vocational Masters courses
  • Exciting projects at postgraduate research level – where you will address the latest global issues, carried out in a supportive ‘research group’ environment.

Our £23 million building boasts a suite of state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research, including a cutting-edge £200k Earth Visualisation teaching laboratory.

Although we are a large department, you’ll be part of a close-knit, informal and friendly community which includes more than 80 academic staff, around 50 additional support and teaching staff and over 100 postgraduate students.

Benefit from our strong collaborative links with industry and government. You’ll engage with academics influencing policy on a range of issues from climate change to the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

And our strong interdisciplinary work, which extends to 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.

Awards and Achievements in the UK:

  • 1st for the quantity of its world-leading research (Latest REF results 2014)
  • Top 2 for research power and 90% of our research has reached world-leading and internationally excellent standards based on overall quality (Latest REF results 2014)
  • Top 2 for the quality of our research (Latest REF results 2014)
  • Top 3 in the Russell Group Universities for Environmental Science (National Student Survey 2016)
  • =3rd for Earth sciences (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • 4th in Geosciences (Best Global University Rankings 2017)
  • 5th (out of 44 departments) for overall research quality in Earth systems and environmental sciences (Latest REF results 2014)
  • 5th in the world for Environmental Studies (Centre for World University Rankings – CWUR 2017)
  • 5th for Environmental Sciences (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • 6th in the world for Geology (Centre for World University Rankings – CWUR 2017)
  • 8th in the Russell Group Universities for Geology (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Top 10 for Geography and Environmental Sciences (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • 9th for Geology (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 9th in the world for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (Centre for World University Rankings – CWUR 2017)
  • Top 10 for Earth and Marine Sciences (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Top 10 for Geography and Environmental Sciences (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Awarded the Silver accreditation for the Green Impact Initiative in 2012/13.