Key Information

The School of Geosciences is formed of a diverse and eclectic collection of academic staff who share an interest in the Earth.

In our School we try to answer some of the biggest questions: 

  • how our planet originated?
  • how humans interact with it?
  • how we can live on it in a sustainable way?

Our research and teaching takes students from the origins of life to the future of transport; from the deepest ocean to the crest of the Himalayas; from Stone Age villages to the canyons of New York City.

As we are part of the College of Physical Sciences, we have close working relationships with chemists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists.

Our School is built around three core academic disciplines:

  • Archaeology
  • Geography
  • Geology

They all rely on knowledge of the surface of the Earth and how we humans use it; each has a distinct identity and contributes to the School by teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Interdisciplinary teaching is encouraged and joint honours degrees are encouraged. The School's disciplines are united in teaching and researching field-based subjects; we all believe in the value of showing students real-life examples as illustrated by the School motto:

The classroom is anywhere; the laboratory is everywhere.

School research ranges across the whole of the geosciences in both the social and natural sciences, addressing topics as diverse as mitigation of E. coli risk, to development of the topography of Sakhalin. We recognise future groupings and areas of research where the whole School can contribute such as:

  •  future energy options
  •  development of digital societies
  •  catastrophic natural processes
  •  hydrology and drainage evolution
  •  human impacts on the natural environment.

In addition to creating world-class research clusters, staff of the School recognise a duty to our local area and community: to maintain the technology base which underpins the economy of the city and the region, to assist articulation and debate of policy options and to help local people to an awareness of the history and environment of their region.