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Department of Environment and Geography

We are a leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental issues. Find out more about our department.

To mark the Global Climate Strike the image above shows Ed Hawkins' climate stripes for the UK for the years 1884 to 2018. The country (and the planet) are heating up. The stripes are constructed using data from the Met Office. Read more.

In 2019 Dr Richard Payne, a Senior Lecturer in the department, was killed whilst attempting to climb Peak 6477, a previously unclimbed subsidiary peak of one of India's highest mountains, Nanda Devi. Richard was a brilliant field scientist and fully committed to students being able to experience the joys and educational benefits that field work brings.  To celebrate Richard's life the Department has launched the Richard Payne Fieldwork Bursary and hope that this fund will help open up these opportunities to those of our students who would otherwise be unable to afford the costs associated with field work.  The fund is now open to donations here and from next academic year York students will be able to apply for funding to allow them to pursue field work related to a "Richard subject" which includes a wide range of topics associated with atmospheric pollution, natural hazards, climate change, soil carbon, plant biodiversity and bogs, mires and peats.

Undergraduate study

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Postgraduate study

Meet our students

Katre, BSc, Environment, Economics and Ecology

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

KatreBSc Environment, Economics and Ecology

'The supervisors are extremely supportive and it was amazing to meet like-minded students. This MSc opened doors for me and I look forward to pursuing a career in marine conservation.'

Kayleigh, MSc Marine Environmental Management

What do our graduates go on to do?

Our research

Athena Swan

We have been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award. Find out more.

Athena Swan Bronze Award

Celebrating Success

MSc Marine Environmental Management Graduate and Student Orator Hannah Rudd delivers an inspiring speech on her time at the University of York at our recent Graduation Ceremony.