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Six reasons to study geography, geology and environment at the University of Brighton

From the politics of climate change to the search for renewable energy sources, to study the environment at the University of Brighton is to engage with fundamental questions about the world. Whether you focus on ecology, environmental hazards or the earth and its systems, you will learn about issues that affect everyone - and how you can help to resolve them.

Undergraduate courses

Whether you choose Environmental Sciences or Environment and Media Studies, a key emphasis will be on sustainable development to address the environmental challenges faced by the planet. Beyond this, links with other disciplines within the School of Environment and Technology and across the University allow great flexibility. You can design your own programme of study, tailored to your interests and career preference.

Your lectures, practicals, workshops and fieldwork develop your transferable skills as well as your environmental knowledge. Your tutors are active researchers, exposing you to debate and teaching at the cutting edge. You could pick a module where you volunteer with a local organisation working in environment, sustainable or community development. There are overseas field trips to Tunisia, Sicily, Spain and South Africa, and local excursions too. Or spend a whole year on placement, applying your knowledge to a training post with the Environment Agency, a local authority, an environmental or engineering company. Previous students have even got involved with whale and dolphin conservation in the Canary Islands and carbon dioxide monitoring in a north American forest!

You might work in an earth science, environmental science, chemistry or biology laboratory, with access to field experimental sites at Plumpton College and elsewhere. You can carry out physical and chemical tests in our soils laboratories, and isolate and track water-borne diseases and pollutants in the 'clean' laboratories. You will have a wide range of analytical equipment to use in your third year research project. There are also five computer suites, one of which is for learning about Geographical Information Systems, and a media studio.


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Postgraduate courses

You can specialise with a masters course in Environmental Assessment, Water or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the broader context of Environmental Management. Recent MPhil and PhD research projects have included woodland management and access, wetlands, grassland ecology, environmental change, gender and natural resource management and education for sustainable development.

Staff are actively involved in environmental research and consultancy work, informing decisions made at national, regional and local levels. In the UK, for example, they have helped create government policy on public access to inland water, shaped responses to studentification in the UK and examined the impact of environmental change in wetland ecosystems. You may also be able to get involved with their research programmes in South America, Southern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia and Europe.

Further information

The courses in detail

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Ecology of saline lagoons

Investigating the ecology of saline


The main reason why I picked this course was because it combined two very different studies which form a very interesting relationship with each other. Find out more...

Charles El-Zeind, Environment and Media Studies BA (Hons) 2012

Sarah Tadman

Sarah Tadman, MSc Water and Environmental Management (2009)


I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course and found the Course Leader and other lecturers approachable, supportive and understanding. Find out more...