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Ranked 2nd in the UK and 17th in the world for the impact of our environmental and ecological research

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Strong links to global policy makers such as the World Health Organisation

Environment students

We provide a springboard to a wide range of careers and postgraduate research

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You will get wide-ranging, first-hand experience of studying the environment

Mature Environment student

"All the lecturers are so motivated and inspiring you cannot help but become passionate about the field as well"

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"My Environment degree has provided me with a toolbox of analytical and problem based skills"

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Plenty of opportunities for field trips and study overseas


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We are a leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental issues.

Our staff are experts in a wide range of environmental disciplines and we are all committed to delivering a first-rate student experience.  This is evidenced by our ranking as a QS 2015 world top 100 department.

We'd love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

Prof. Mark Hodson
Head of Department

Our Research

We conduct world-leading research on topics of global environmental importance. Our many strengths include:

  • Ecosystems and society
  • Environmental health
  • Earth systems

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"I really like how my degree is so relevant in today's world"

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International Applicants, University of York Environment Department

The Environment Department is a wonderful mixture of nationalities, cultures and faiths. Our students benefit from a truly international educational experience.

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New dams, warming waters, forest fires - Lake Baikal in peril

Posted on Thursday 17 September 2015

Longer than England, almost as deep as the Grand Canyon, Russia's Lake Baikal is one of the world's greatest aquatic wonders, writes Bryce Stewart. But it's a fragile paradise: the limpid waters are warming much faster than the global average, with as yet unknown effects on its ecology. And it faces the danger of a huge dam on its principal tributary, Mongolia's Selenga River.

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Our geography module features among top 6 'unique geography modules' offered in the UK

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2015

Where does the balance of power lie in the global food chain? What has globalisation done to change our food culture? How is food related to non-communicative diseases and childhood obesity?

Beukers-Stewart, Bryce
Saving our scallops: Arran reserve reveals marine protection works

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2015

Rhinos and blue whales get all the attention, but scallops are worth conserving too



Employability talk: Internships and Consultancy

Today's seminar is an employability talk "Internships and Consultancy" and will be delivered by Paul Gill of Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd.


Air Pollution and Public Health: emerging hazards and improved understanding of risk

Frank is an eminent researcher and has done lots of high-profile work and media participation focused on air pollution and public health – see this page for his biography and his many media appearances. The talk will be around 40-45 minutes long with time for in-depth questions (around 45 minutes) if anyone is particularly interested in speaking with Frank. All are very welcome!


Saving our bumblebees

Today's seminar "Saving our bumblebees" will be delivered by Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex and is also the Environment Dept and SEI-Y Christmas Lecture and Soiree.