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B sc hons earth system science

B.Sc. Hons. Earth System Science

School of Earth and Environment

University of Leeds

What is Earth System Science ?

Earth System Science seeks to understand the interacting components of the Earth System!






Aims of the Earth System Science Degree

  • Our Mission for ESS students:

  • Equip graduates with a range of scientific and related skills to understand our natural environment.

  • Provide an in-depth appreciation of the complex interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, solid earth and biosphere.

  • Teach the human, social and economic factors affecting the environment, in the past, present and future.

  • Students will graduate with:

  • A range of technical, scientific and practical skills required to monitor and investigate the environment.

  • Developed scientific and technical communication skills, with particular emphasis on the contemporary environmental agenda.

How do you study Earth System Science Environmental Sciences

At Leeds ?

  • 3-year Modular degree scheme-tailor your degree

  • A collaboration between the School of the Environment

    and the School of Earth Sciences

  • A practical, hands-on approach

  • Learn from experimentation, field and laboratory work

  • The climate system and climate change

  • Evolution of the Earth

  • Earth resources and management

  • Human and natural impacts on the environment

  • Study abroad and industrial placement opportunities

Why study Earth System Science at Leeds? Environmental Sciences

Environment Section has expertise in:

  • Atmospheric dynamics, chemistry and climate

  • Geochemistry

  • Environmental Biology

  • Physical Oceanography

  • Environmental management and policy

    Earth Sciences Section

  • Geology

  • Geophysics

  • Marine and Freshwater Geochemistry

  • Sedimentology

  • Paleo sciences

    Both Section were independently assessed amongst the highest rated in the UK for Research in their respective fields.

Degree Outline Environmental Sciences




Broad Based Introduction



Environmental chemistry

And biology




Data Analysis

Problem solving and

hypothesis testing

Writing Skills

Oral and Presentation


Emphasis on studying


Earth system

data monitoring and

acquisition techniques:

Remote Sensing



Wide Section of optional


Specialised and





Fieldwork Environmental Sciences

Field courses :

Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences



Environmental Biology


Lake District

Arran Environmental Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences:

Atmospheric Chemistry



Earth and Marine Sciences Environmental Sciences

Earthquake epicentre

The Gulf Stream

Atmospheric Sciences Environmental Sciences

Hurricane Tracks

Air masses

Ozone over the North Pole

The Biosphere and Anthrosphere Environmental Sciences

SeaWifs Launch

Global Chlorophyll

Overseas Options Environmental Sciences

  • Placements in USA: Colorado School of Mines; Pennsylvania State

  • Level 3 year of B.Sc. program spent in USA: Complete level 3 of

  • taught courses and dissertation at Leeds i.e. 4 year program

  • Graduate with B.Sc Hons International degree opposed to

  • normal B.Sc Hons.

  • Fees: Tuition and accommodation same as U.K.

  • Overseas option is exactly the same as offered at UEA and does not

  • require A-level AAB for entry!

  • Prerequisites for overseas option: Must obtain 2.1 or greater

  • in 1st year of ESS program to be considered for overseas option

Selected External Collaborators Environmental Sciences

  • British Antarctic Survey

  • British Nuclear Fuels Ltd

  • Department for the Environment and the Regions

  • Department for International Development

  • Environment Agency

  • European Commission

  • Falkland Islands Government

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Forestry Commission

  • Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

  • Leeds City Council

  • Meteorological Office

  • NASA

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  • Yorkshire Water

Future Career and Employment Prospects for Environmental Sciences

Earth System Science Graduates

  • Environmental Agencies

  • Geological surveys

  • Environmental and geological consultancy

  • Water authorities

  • Land management and planning companies

  • The oil and gas industry

  • The extractive industry

  • Civil Service

  • Higher degrees, M.Sc., M.Res., PGCE, Ph.D.

  • Research and Teaching