MSc Courses at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences – funding options available

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MSc Courses at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

At the heart of our teaching philosophy is the desire to give you programmes that are driven by research-informed teaching and are at the leading edge in their fields. We want you to be hands-on with as much of our equipment as possible, to develop skills as well as knowledge. If you aren’t in the lecture theatre or the lab, you may well be in the field – we are lucky to have a location that supports our field-based programmes. If you are not on a field-based programme, you will still find the sea, the moors and the city to be very beneficial for social and leisure activities.


Geography explores the relationships between people, places and the environment, focusing on contemporary global challenges such as sustainability and climate change. Our graduates have careers in government, conservation, environmental consultancy, teaching, aviation, and transport and planning, among others. We provide a supportive, student-centred environment where lectures are given by research-active academics – many are world leaders in their field. Lecturers use innovative teaching methods to bring geography to life in the classroom, in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and during fieldwork. The field trip schedule offers exciting overseas destinations and the chance to explore our coastal location close to two national parks and several areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Earth Science

Geologists are the cutting edge of research into sustainable futures. Through lectures, hands-on practicals and an extensive national and international fieldwork programme, our degrees develop your expert knowledge of the forces that have shaped our planet. Our new modules explore critical relationships between earth processes and society: how to reduce risks from natural hazards; understanding environmental change over time, and how we transition to cleaner energy sources. Enjoy exploring our exciting degree programmes and hearing from current students and graduates about their experiences.

Environmental Science

Environmental experts are at the cutting edge of addressing global environmental challenges. Our range of degrees provide students with the knowledge, expertise and skills to investigate and understand the impact of humans on the environment and start building sustainable solutions. Our academic staff share their pioneering research from a range of fields including climate change, biodiversity, conservation and sustainability, in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Applying the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field, you will graduate ready to shape the future of fields from ecosystem management to environmental monitoring.

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022

We are incredibly proud of our Postgraduate courses across the school. In the latest Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2022 we received 100% overall satisfaction with the course quality for our postgraduate courses. 94% of our postgraduate students surveyed were satisfied with the teaching and learning and 93% with the skills development received. These results are well above the average for the sector.

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Open days

If you would like to attend any of our Open Days, meet staff and explore campus, please visit the webpage.

Funding Options

Here at the University of Plymouth, we understand that funding may be a big part of your decision to go forward with Postgraduate Study. If you studied your undergraduate degree at Plymouth, you may be eligible for a fee discount if you complete your postgraduate studies here as well.

  • 20% discount on tuition fees for home students
  • £2,000 discount on tuition fees for international students

We also offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

To find out more about fees and funding, please visit the website.


Here at the University of Plymouth, we have a wide range of facilities equipped with top-range equipment for our students to use. From the Marine Station, GeoMapping Resources and our very own LabPlus in Davy Building, we have really invested in our facilities and student experience. To find out more about our Paleoecology Labs, Microscopy and Imaging Labs (and much more) please visit the website.


Our MSc’s provides ‘real world’ experience during your placement (which can lead to permanent employment) of working with organisations who manage our environment, including:

  • Environmental consultancy at Pell Frischmann, WSP, Atkins, Aecom, Royal Haskoning-DHV, White Young Green, Arcadis, Black and Veatch, Ramboll, Mott MacDonald.
  • Catchment management at the Westcountry Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, Natural England as well as Tamar, North Devon, South Devon, Blackdown Hills, Cornwall Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The vast majority of our graduates have secured employment, working mainly in environmental regulation and protection, the business community, charitable organisations, local councils or environmental consultancy.

View the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences courses, including details of how to apply here

Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International applicants.

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