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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences achieves international excellence in teaching and research, building on the foundations of our subjects at Birmingham – geology in 1881 and geography in 1924. We welcome students and staff to a supportive interdisciplinary community of some 60 academic staff, 28 technical and support staff and 24 research staff.
Our interdisciplinary research spans three major themes - economy, society and development; earth and environmental systems; environmental health and risk management. Staff have active links with other Schools on campus and with research organisations worldwide. We support the University's Centre for Environmental Research and Training (CERT), which provides a particular focus for interdisciplinary environmental research.
We have a thriving postgraduate community, with around 90 research students and more than 150 following our acclaimed taught postgraduate programmes.
Our undergraduate teaching programmes reflect our research expertise, enabling students to benefit from the immediacy and excitement of hearing from staff actively involved in innovative, leading-edge research and in a collegial and stimulating environment. Our teaching has been ranked ‘excellent’ in the HEFCE quality review. Our graduates are successful and highly sought after by employers.
The School is located in the centre of the campus close to the University train station, a 10-minute journey to the heart of the City. Staff, students and visitors benefit from extensive map and archive facilities, an environmental library, fully digital drawing office, environmental chemistry, sedimentology, ecology, groundwater and palaeobiology laboratories all with state-of-the-art equipment, and specialist computer facilities. We are home to the nationally important Lapworth Museum of Geology.
Our success reflects the ability, energy and enthusiasm of everyone in the School.
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Our Air Pollution Management and Control MSc is the only programme of its kind in the UK, built upon successful air pollution control lessons and underpinned by world-leading research. Read more
Our Applied Meteorology and Climatology MSc has been accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society to provide comprehensive training for Chartered Meteorologists (CMet). Read more
Our Environmental and Biological Nanoscience MRes is a collaborative endeavour between the Environmental Health Science group in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biosciences. Read more
This MSc programme provides an accredited pathway for science-based graduates to become environmental health practitioners. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) as meeting its core curriculum requirements. Read more
Our Health, Safety and Environment Management MSc is a collaborative endeavour with the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Read more
Our Hydrogeology Msc offers comprehensive training in the theory and practice of groundwater science and engineering, with a split registration option that allows the course to be taken over two years. Read more
Our Public and Environmental Health Sciences MSc is designed for international students wishing to advance their knowledge and develop their career in public and environmental health. Read more
Our Research in Human Geography MSc combines expertise from Geography with Political Science, International Studies, Sociology and Social Policy; allowing you to gain a unique breadth of academic research, teaching and key transferable skills. Read more
Our River Environments and their Management MSc is taught by a team of internationally leading water scientists at the University of Birmingham and developed with input from the water industry. Read more
Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), our Urban and Regional Planning MSc is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment. Read more