Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Our courses focus on getting you out in the field to study different cultures, societies, habitats and climates

Undergraduate courses Undergraduate courses

Engineering Geology and Geotechnics

BEng (Hons) Accredited

Accredited by the Geological Society of London, this course provides geological and geotechnical expertise for engineering roles within the construction industry

Environmental Science

BSc (Hons) Accredited

A scientific study of the physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the environment, with the chance to develop practical skills for environmental research


BSc (Hons)

Engage with some of the most important global issues of today and explore the physical, environmental, social and political aspects of our world


BA (Hons)

A highly practical and hands-on course designed to incorporate the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of geography

Geological Hazards

BSc (Hons) Accredited

A course which allows you to study the physical processes of earth’s environment through fieldwork and in the laboratory


BSc (Hons) Accredited

A dynamic and accredited course combining outdoor studies and laboratory techniques to provide insights into the earth and how it has evolved

Human Geography

BA (Hons)

Covering social geography and the major environmental challenges of the twenty-first century, this course provides a firm grounding in all aspects of human geography

Marine Environmental Science

BSc (Hons) Accredited

Learn how the marine environment functions and how human activities affect environmental processes in the sea and on our coastlines


BSc (Hons) Accredited

Integrating geology and biology to study a range of Earth-related topics encompassing evolution and ecology to extinction

Physical Geography

BSc (Hons)

A hands-on study of the global physical environment, with an emphasis on practical laboratory work and field investigations

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Postgraduate courses Postgraduate courses

Coastal and Marine Resource Management

MSc Accredited

An accredited and stimulating course for the effective management of coastal and marine resources with the goal of sustainability at its core

Crisis and Disaster Management


A vocational and research-informed course from one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK, producing management specialists for crisis or disaster situations

MSc Engineering Geology

MSc Accredited

An accredited course with a reputable record of producing specialists in engineering geology and geotechnics for the construction industry

Environmental Geology and Contamination


In response to the shortage of qualified contaminated land specialists, this course provides training to identify and help prevent risks to human health and the environment

Geographical Information Systems


This long-running course provides a high level of competency in geographical information handling and training on specialist GIS equipment

Geological and Environmental Hazards

MSc Accredited

An accredited and well-established course informed by cross-disciplinary expertise in geological hazards, environmental sciences and applied geology

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Postgraduate Research

The Department of Geography and School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) are collaboratively committed to active and developing research programmes in a wide range of subjects within the geographical, earth and environmental fields. We offer our students the highest level of teaching and learning resources, in addition to an academic support team with immense depth of knowledge and unparalleled experience in their specific fields. Learning in this kind of environment is both stimulating and productive, developing a range of abilities and skills that are highly valued by employers.

Recent focuses for research areas include geography, health and well-being, environmental processes and change, geographies of labour, environmental modelling and monitoring, marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems, in addition to palaeontology and sedimentology. Visit our Department pages to explore our research areas in more detail.

We welcome PhD and other research degree applications. To find out more visit the Graduate School website or send in an enquiry form, and one of our postgraduate tutors will get in touch with you.

Our MRes Science provides an excellent opportunity for students to focus their research interests on one or two areas of science.

Graduate School

The University of Portsmouth Graduate School is a dedicated centre for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. It supports, administers and coordinates training for the MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate programmes. We have a dynamic population of over 600 research students, including many international students, who form an essential and valued part of the of the University’s research culture.

The Graduate School is here to guide you through the necessary steps to becoming a postgraduate research student. A good starting point is to look at the different research degree options we offer and then to consider the research degree areas we can supervise.

If you have any questions about studying for a research degree at the University of Portsmouth, please complete our enquiry form and read more about how to apply.

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