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MEarthSci Earth and Planetary Sciences with International Study

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
MEarthSci with Honours
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA which should include at least one science subject.  If any of your science A levels include a separate practical component, you must also achieve a Pass in this component.

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades AAB which should include at least one science subject. If any of your science A levels include a separate practical component, you must also achieve a Pass in this component.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects. The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjects must be a science subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL as the course specific requirement of one HL science subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

Graduate EES student shares their experience.

The theory I learned at Manchester gave me a fundamental base to apply in the field.

As well as the very useful practical lessons and field trips that expose you to the real life of working.

Matthew Rovardi / BSc (Hons) graduate

Gain a holistic understanding of Earth systems in order to learn from the past, comprehend the present and influence our future on this 4-year integrated master's (MEarthSci) degree. You will also spend the third year of your degree studying at one of our worldwide partner universities.

You will learn to read the 4.5 billion-year record of the Earth, including the formation of our solar system, and the evolution of living systems and changing environmental conditions, while also studying the sustainable development of Earth's energy and resources. Practical, hands-on field work will take you to geologically and environmentally fascinating locations in the UK and abroad in every year of study.

Open days

Our Virtual Open Day took place on Saturday 3rd October 2020. If you missed the live event, you can now watch the sessions  on demand . Earth and Environmental Sciences hosted the following subject sessions:

Earth and Environmental Sciences - Courses and Careers  

This session will introduce you to our degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the types of careers our graduates move into. If you enjoy the natural sciences, come and find out how we combine physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and geology into the study of our earth and its environment.

Earth and Environmental Sciences - Student Experience  

In this session you will meet students from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Find out more about why they chose to study with us, their experience on our courses, and living in Manchester.

Applicant visit day

You may be invited to a visit day after submitting your application. These days include a one-to-one chat with one of our academics, and are intended to be as relaxed as possible - they are great for discovering more about student life in Manchester and the course you have chosen. You also get the chance to meet our fantastic current students.

You can find out more about virtual visit days on the Earth and Environmental Sciences website .

Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

If you are a UK student, you may be eligible for The William Boyd Dawkins Scholarship  

International students may be eligible for: The Manchester Science and Engineering International Excellence scholarships

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 543 4021
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/ees
School/Faculty overview

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA which should include at least one science subject, which can include geography.

Candidates holding geography as their only science subject will be required to demonstrate an interest and understanding of physical geography, normally at interview.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic Department for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects. The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjects must be a science subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL as the course specific requirement of one HL science subject.

Scottish requirements

Highers of AAB plus two Adv Highers at Grade A or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grade AA

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic Department(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements

European Baccalaureate

Applications from students studying this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve AAA including one science   and an EAP score of B .  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve AAA including one science and an EAP requirements score of B .

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic Department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Applied Science National Extended Diploma with grades D*DD which must include distinctions in all mandatory science units.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D plus any science A level at grade A

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D plus two A levels (AA) with one science at grade A. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D* plus an additional 2 A levels (AA) one of which must be science.

 

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades D*DD plus an additional science A level at grade A .

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades D*D plus an additional science A level at grade A. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DM plus an additional two A levels (AA) one of which must be science.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus an additional two A levels (AA) one of which must be science.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are 45 credits at level 3 with a minimum of 39 credits at distinction (15 of which must be in science) and remaining 6 at merit .

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects which must include one science subject.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic Department(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Departments may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic Department, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic Department for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic Department(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade 4.
  • IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6 in any component.
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic Department for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Our common first year provides solid foundation for both our Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science degrees. Should your interests shift in your first year of study, you have the flexibility to transfer to other degrees in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Year 1, subject to academic achievement.

Interview requirements

Applicant visit day

You may be invited to a visit day after submitting your application. These days include a one-to-one chat with one of our academics, and are intended to be as relaxed as possible - they are great for discovering more about student life in Manchester and the course you have chosen. You also get the chance to meet our fantastic current students.

You can find out more about virtual visit days on the  Earth and Environmental Sciences website .

Deferrals

We will consider applicants who wish to defer on a case by case basis. Deferred entry is approved at the discretion of admissions staff and is granted for one year only. We normally guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change.

Course details

Course description

Reasons why you should study at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

We are one of the largest Earth and Environmental Sciences departments in the UK, with global reach.

This creates excellent learning, research and employment opportunities for our students.

Mike Burton / Head of Department, Professor of Volcanology

Our MEarthSci Earth and Planetary Sciences course is a 4 year degree programme that will allow you to study at one of our  worldwide partner universities  whilst completing the third year of your degree. This experience can boost your prospects in the job market and give you a new perspective on your subject area.

On our course you will learn to read the 4.5 billion-year record of the Earth, including the formation of our solar system, the evolution of living systems and changing environmental conditions, while also studying the sustainable development of Earth's energy and resources. And on your doorstep will be some of the UK's wildest settings, ideal for outdoor learning.

During your time with us you will be a part of a dynamic community trying to answer some of the most pressing global issues that we all face. Your work could make a contribution to solving some of the world's greatest challenges.

Course structure

The course offers you the flexibility to tailor your interest in Earth and Planetary Science in one of five pathways:

  • Planetary Science;
  • Geochemistry;
  • Geology with Physical Geography;
  • Energy and Resources;
  • Palaeobiology.

Your third year is spent studying at one of our worldwide partner universities. These currently include universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The placement year is fully assessed by the host university and will involve coursework, laboratory classes and examinations. Your study abroad academic tutor will be in contact with you during your stay and will provide help and support when necessary.

Students also benefit from  significantly reduced fees  in the third year of the programme.

After your year at an international university, you will return to Manchester and take Year 4 courses, including an independent research project.

The department

We are a Department of environmental scientists, geologists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists, physicists and computer scientists, who work together to study the Earth and planets. Our degrees cover the full breadth of earth and environmental sciences, reflecting the main research themes that are fundamental to the work we do in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The reputation of Earth and Planetary Science at The University of Manchester's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences rests on our world-leading interdisciplinary research into processes operating on, within and beyond the Earth. This research incorporates biological, chemical, physical and environmental aspects of the world and solar system we live in. The close alignment between our teaching and research ensures that units are delivered by scholars who are at the forefront of their disciplines.

Skills

Our course will equip you with an armoury of skills to take into the world of work, including the ability to analyse problems, to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to develop field, laboratory, numeracy and communication skills.

Special features

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences students explore Kinlochleven
Head to geologically and environmentally fascinating locations in the UK and abroad.
  • Boost your career prospects and gain a new perspective in your subject area by  studying abroad  in Year 3 of your degree. You will also benefit from significantly reduced fees in your third year of the programme;
  • An integrated natural science first year, tailored to the Earth, planets and their environments, allows you to discover where your interests lie;
  • Our flexible course structure allows you to customise your studies to your interests, following  one of five pathways  after Year 1, providing an ideal gateway to your career;
  • Field trips  are a key component of our undergraduate degrees, providing you the opportunity to travel to fascinating locations in the UK and abroad in every year. Fees include all compulsory, taught field courses. Previous locations include: Spain; France; Guatemala; Italy; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Scotland; USA and Wales;
  • Undertake a final-year research project of your choice working alongside world-leading scientists using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Teaching and learning

How will you learn?

We take pride in our excellent teaching standards, our distinguished lecturers and research staff ensure that you have all the support available to develop your learning, skills and employability prospects.

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit, including:

  • Formal lectures;
  • Laboratory classes;
  • Field classes;
  • Small-group tutorials.

Two-thirds of your contact time will be focussed on the development of practical skills. Teamwork, problem-solving and field work play a key role in integrating all the elements of your subject, and will also develop transferable skills across areas of specialisation, enabling you to succeed in your future career.

Field work

Field work is a key component of our undergraduate degrees and is an essential part of all our courses and provides a unique learning experience:

  • Field work gives you the chance to apply knowledge learned in lectures and practical classes to real settings, allowing you to develop the skills of a professional earth and environmental scientist, such as observing, collecting, recording and interpreting a range of data;
  • Venues vary from classic areas of the British Isles to locations across the globe. Field courses are tailored to meet the needs of each pathway;
  • Most field courses are residential and provide a great chance to form friendships with staff and your fellow students in an informal setting, and to travel and experience different cultures.

Lecturers and world-leading researchers

Our department has a diverse mix of respected lecturers and research staff who are at the forefront of their fields. Find out more about our  lecturers, researchers and support staff  in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, including information about their  specific areas of interest  and research, qualifications and publications.

Personal Academic Advisor

Throughout your degree course, you'll be assigned an Academic Advisor, who is there to support you and give advice about any academic issues throughout the duration of your course. Your advisor will be able to help you with the transition from school or college to university, and can help you get to grips with studying and learning more independently. They'll also be able to help you develop your skills in academic writing or research, making presentations, or any other skills that are specific to your degree programme.

Peer Support scheme

Our peer support scheme is one of the largest in Europe. Peer mentors are higher-year students on the same degree programme as you, who will help you find your feet when you arrive here and adjust to student life. As they'll have already been a student at Manchester for at least a year, they should be able to help you with anything you might be worried or unsure about.

Research project

You'll also undertake an independent project in Year 4 that is tailored to your chosen pathway.

Coursework and assessment

This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including:

  • Exams;
  • Essays and written assignments;
  • Projects;
  • Oral and written presentations;
  • Field assessment.

We place a strong emphasis on practical skills and project work. Around one-third of your assessment in Year 3 and half in Year 4 will be based on independent research projects.

Course unit details

Our Earth and Planetary Science course covers all major aspects of the earth system. The course has a common first year, allowing you to choose your degree specialisation that you will follow in years 2, 3 and 4. You will develop core knowledge alongside a choice of optional units. Eligibility for continuation onto the fourth year of this MEarthSci programme is based on your marks at the second and/or third years. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Course content for year 1

Our first year will introduce you to the modern way we study the Earth. The emphasis in the first year is on building foundational knowledge in the natural sciences, tailored to the Earth, planets and their environments, and on developing practical and transferrable skills.

During this year you will study the principles that underlie all our degree specialisations and will receive one-on-one advice to help you choose your preferred pathway at the end of the first year.  Every first year student will be supported by our peer mentoring schemes and small group work with an academic tutor.

The first year units will develop your theoretical knowledge, your numerical, field and laboratory skills, and aid your professional development:

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Understanding the Earth EART11100 40 Mandatory
The Natural Scientist's Toolkit EART11200 40 Mandatory
Practical and Professional Skills Development EART11300 40 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

In year 2 you will tailor your studies to your own academic interests by focusing on a particular aspect of the Earth and planetary sciences.  Each pathway  consists of the series of core units and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas in your area of specialisation.

For an indicate list of the course units for each pathway, please click on the links below (note that the Geology Pathway is not available for MEarthSci with a Year Abroad):

Planetary Science  In this pathway you will gain the skills of a professional geologist while pursuing a broader interest in planetary science, developing an understanding of how the Earth and other planets have been shaped by the prehistory, formation and evolution of our solar system.

Geochemistry Understanding the chemistry of the Earth is fundamental to challenges such as managing resources like precious minerals and oil, understanding climate change at the molecular level, and the control of pollution. In this pathway you will also study the composition and evolution of the planets, melting and mineral reactions in Earth's interior, and Earth's (bio)geochemical cycles.

Energy and Resources  In this pathway you'll study units that are focussed on resource formation, ranging from metal and hydrocarbon resources, to nuclear energy and groundwater resources. You will also study sustainable and efficient extraction of resources, while acquiring the skills suitable for a thriving energy and resources job market.

Geology with Physical Geography  -  In this pathway you will study the processes that have shaped the Earth's surface and its landforms, and how humans and societies have learned to exploit and protect themselves from these phenomena.

Palaeobiology Palaeobiology addresses major questions relating to the Earth's living systems, their interplay over geological time, and the genesis and evolution of today's living world. This pathway takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining the study of the biodiversity and ecology of modern and ancient life, with training in the geological processes that shape the history and future of Earth.

Course content for year 3

During your year abroad you will effectively be a student of the host institution. You will follow a course that is broadly similar to that delivered to the third-year students who stay in Manchester, but you may have study options that may not currently be available in Manchester and that are unique to the country you are visiting. The course you follow will be carefully chosen to ensure that your education development is at the correct level. Your placement year will be fully assessed by the host university and will involve coursework, laboratory classes, and examinations.  You may have the opportunity to attend field courses in that country and we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity.

The study abroad academic tutor will be in contact with you during your stay and will provide help and support when necessary.

We choose our partner universities on the basis of their academic standing and their ability to provide an overall educational experience similar to that of Manchester.  We regularly review our partner universities to ensure that your educational experience is not compromised during your year abroad. As a result, it is important to note that our list of host institutions may change as a result of this auditing exercise.

The current list of worldwide placement institutions includes:

  • University of Toronto
  • The University of Auckland
  • University of Sydney
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Melbourne

Course content for year 4

On returning to Manchester for your fourth and final year, you'll carry out an extended individual research project working alongside world-leading scientists using state-of-the-art research facilities, study subject-related units, and attend specialist lectures.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our the Department funding pages .

Facilities

We teach our practical sessions in custom-designed, well-equipped laboratories with enough space for you to have your own microscope and work comfortably on your own or in a group.

All our courses are driven and inspired by the  latest research  in the department, so we also give you access to our most advanced and sophisticated research facilities:

Teaching resources

  • Innovative, research-led, eLearning tools to enhance your understanding;
  • A well-equipped, dedicated undergraduate study area providing a place for relaxation and somewhere to work with your fellow students within the Department;
  • Close supervision and pastoral care by an academic staff member during the whole degree course.

World-leading research facilities

  • Analytical geochemistry unit, for analysing water and solid geological matter;
  • Scanning Electron Microscope, for imaging a wide range of samples, from polished rock sections to bacteria to Egyptian mummies;
  • Cameca electron probe, used for the quantitative analysis of a wide variety of geological samples In-situ and remote sensing instrumentation for the study of clouds, aerosols, radiation and dynamics;
  • Advanced isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry suite.

The Manchester Museum

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has close links with the Manchester Museum and its extensive geological collections.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

EES graduate shares her career experience.

I value my time at The University of Manchester.

Studying at a world-leading academic institution which also has strong ties to industry is a great way to start your career.

Rosanne Mckernan / MEarthSci graduate, Exploration Geoscientist at Shell

We work closely together with graduate employers to ensure that the training our undergraduates receive during their Earth and Planetary Sciences degree equips them for getting a great graduate job and excelling in it.

Our close links with employers highlight the key skills they desire in our graduates. Key amongst these is an enthusiasm for learning. In the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences we are passionate about our work on climate science, ecosystem conservation, micro-plastic pollution, dinosaur evolution, volcanoes, Earth's formation and the distribution of resources within it. This passion is shared with our students, producing an enthusiasm and capacity for learning which serves them throughout their careers and lives.

Typical professions our graduates go on to include:

  • Scientific research;
  • Public policy;
  • Environmental consultancy and earth resources;
  • Teaching;
  • Finance and blue-chip management.

Nurturing dynamic skill sets

Further key skills sought by graduate employers are flexible problem-solving using a variety of approaches, teamwork, communication skills, numeracy and computer programming. Our graduates are trained in these skills from day one of their degrees.

Internships

With our support, Manchester undergraduates successfully apply each year for highly competitive summer internships across the globe. Prestigious destinations include summer internships with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, USA, working one-on-one with NASA scientists, participating in peer-reviewed research.