Students crossing a bridge walkway in the School of Earth and Environment

Whilst studying your undergraduate degree with us you will be based in the School of Earth and Environment, situated in the heart of campus and home to one of the UK’s largest groupings of Earth, environmental and social scientists. During your studies you will have access to specialist labs and facilities relevant to your degree.

We are continually investing in the best facilities for you, and you will find everything you need for your studies right here on campus. 

Three students using the facilities in the Earth Visualisation Lab.

Earth visualisation lab

Undergraduate students studying geology, geophysics or environmental science will spend time in our Earth Visualisation Lab – a 96-capacity teaching laboratory that offers and immersive and collaborative learning atmosphere. Dual-monitor computer clusters offer students a way to learn together, and our recently-overhauled AV system is capable of broadcasting a variety of feeds to every desk, including videomicroscopes (both polarising and binocular stereo type), a visualiser for examining specimens, and PC or laptop feeds for computer demonstration.

The lab is also home to 85 polarising microscopes for rock analysis, a number of binocular stereo zoom microscopes for micropalaeontology and ore genesis work and the extra-deep desks are suitable for laying out large geological maps for teaching 3D thinking skills. The EVL also holds the core teaching collections - specimens of >100 types of geological specimens with associated collections of thin sections, polished blocks, fossils, maps and other teaching materials.

A series of images of students using geophysical field equipment in practice

Geophysical field equipment

The School operates a range of geophysical field survey systems, including gravity, resistivity, radar, seismic and electro/magnetic instrumentation. Students use these systems throughout their BSc, MGeophys and MSc geophysics programmes to explore and understand subsurface structure. They receive training during taught-course programmes, and may elect to undertake a field-based dissertation project using this equipment.

Study areas

In the School there is a dedicated 50 seat computer cluster with dual-boot Microsoft and Linux operating systems. The cluster is used for undergraduate practical labs and can also be used for project work. 

The School has a breakout/study space where you can study between lectures, or work on group projects. Being so centrally located in campus you are also close by the Students’ Union building and it’s many café’s which offer a relaxing space for studying or catching up with friends. All areas around campus have WiFi access.

Masters students working together in a seminar

Lecture theatres

You will be taught in a range of different lecture theatres and seminar rooms, all with the latest audio-visual technology and professional presentation equipment. There are a number of seminar rooms situated in the School that can be adjusted and rearranged dependent on class size and requirements to offer a less formal environment for group work and meetings. 

Some classes may also be taught in central teaching spaces of the University, such as the Roger Stevens building.

University facilities

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Take a tour of campus from above

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Watch a short student tour