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 Edinburgh) for Earth Sciences (Top 20 Worldwide) and are in the Top 10 in the UK for Academic Reputation for Environmental Sciences - QS World University Rankings 2015
- 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
Being a student at university is about making the most of all the opportunities available to you. Not only will this help you settle in to university life and feel part the School community but also enhance your student experience through the skills and knowledge that you will gain.
In the School of Earth and Environment we have a dedicated Student Experience Officer whose role is to help students make the most of their time at Leeds, through providing opportunities to engage with the students and staff in the School and to communicate with students about events and opportunities.
The School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds is a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world that we live in.
Our research is carried out within five institutes which represent our core research areas, but much of our work is cross-cutting, tackling complex global challenges such as climate change, energy security and natural hazard management.
- Earth Surface Science Institute
- Institute of Applied Geoscience
- Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
- Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
- Sustainability Research Institute
Leeds is the 10th 'most-targeted' university by the UK's top graduate employers.
The 2013 High Fliers report, places Leeds in the top ten most targeted universities by graduate employers over the period 2012-13. Our degree schemes deliver both subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills, allowing access to a range of careers from working in the petroleum industry to taking a post in environmental protection.
Over 85% of our graduates secure full time work or study upon graduation. Our graduates are always in demand among companies that value teamwork skills, problem solving, independence, numeracy and scientific literacy.
The School of Earth and Environment has a deep commitment to enhancing student employability. A range of employability initiatives are offered, to ensure students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies.
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