David Rippin, Environment Lecturer at York on a mountain top

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


Professor Colin Brown, Head of Department

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 a 95% satisfaction rating from our students in the 2013 National Student Survey.

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

Prof. Colin Brown
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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Studying with us

Meet our students

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

Katre, BSc, Environment, Economics and Ecology

BSc Environment, Economics and Ecology

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International applicants

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 Environment Building Enters Final Stages of Planning

Posted on Wednesday 12 March 2014

The new Environment Building, due to open in the summer of 2015 has entered its final planning stages

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York to use ‘cutting-edge approaches’ to urban pollution monitoring

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

The University of York is launching an innovative 3.5m Euro project which will use new technologies to improve the understanding of urban pollution and its effects on human health and the environment.

What lies beneath – scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice

Posted on Wednesday 22 January 2014

A massive ancient subglacial trough – deeper than the Grand Canyon - has been discovered by a team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York.