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Our environment is under immense threat from issues including climate change and resource sustainability.

The impact of climate change cannot be underestimated. Extreme weather scenarios are increasing globally, leading to loss of life and costly damage to ecological habitats, homes, and livelihoods. The problem requires solutions across all levels of society, from national government policy to local neighbourhood schemes.

But all is not lost. If we can live more sustainably and work to protect vital ecosystems across the globe, then we may be able to halt the trend. To help you develop the skills and knowledge that are essential for fighting this threat, we have several degrees in the fields of environment and sustainability. 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of climate change, which requires social change as well as scientific solutions, you will find courses available across our faculties. These degrees will give you a solid understanding of the science of climate change and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity when creating sustainable solutions.

You could choose between a range of courses offered by our School of Life Sciences, which focus on the physical impact of climate change on the land, in the air, and in the ocean, and how we can conserve and protect vulnerable organisms and essential habitats from harm. These courses include:

Our School of Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies examines how climate change and the environment impact on human populations, such as increases in migration, problems with international relations and human rights, and risks to world peace caused by resource scarcity. Their course is:

Our university is committed to combating climate change and improving sustainability across our three campuses. Whatever degree you choose, you will be studying at an institution that is actively working to do its part in the fight to protect our plant.

Why study here?
  • You have the option to take part in residential field courses in Indonesia, the Mediterranean and the UK, as well as field work in our local Marine Conservation Zone in Essex.
  • Be part of a university that is taking the climate and biodiversity crises seriously.  
  • You'll problem-solve sustainability issues alongside world leading academics from several academic departments.

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Our changing environment is the primary threat to our world’s survival. The climate crisis has motivated mass protests across the world.

Scientists and grassroots activists now influence government policy, while the creative community seeks ways to respond to the movement and broadcast its message ever further. Our unique and thought-provoking Masters courses will thrust you into a world of environmental study in areas you may not have considered before. Impatient to positively impact on the environment? Welcome home. 

Why study here?
  • The damage to our environment impacts every area of life. You will have the opportunity to take modules from across all three faculties to take a multi-disciplinary approach towards finding solutions.
  • Your innovative programme of study will take you outside the lecture theatre and into the wild landscapes of Essex and East Anglia.
  • Biodiversity plays an important role at the University. Our Colchester Campus is set in a former deer park on the banks of the Colne River.
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"I really enjoyed the practical side of the course – going outside to research and write. It was investigative and encouraged a creative approach. I loved it! I was also excited to take modules across departments – I studied Conservation Management and Pollution, and also took a course on French. My husband and I spend our lives in Brittany, France, where I am a full-time gardener surrounded by countryside and dairy farms, as well as Southampton, UK, where I do voluntary work and participate in the creative group Waterside Writers."
Barbara Claridge MA Wild Writing, Literature, Landscape and the Environment, 2018
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Studying an environmental degree at Essex will mean you're part of a community passionate about confronting global and local issues from across different disciplines.

Our research degrees provide opportunities for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects. Our staff have expertise and can offer supervision of projects across areas such as environmental microbiology, marine biology, ecology, photosynthesis, plant productivity, sustainable agriculture, environmental resource management, pollution, aerosol science and the impact of nanoparticles on the environment.

Why study here?
  • Our academics engage closely with local ecologies and communities working together on environmental issues.
  • You'll have access to leading research on global environmental challenges across the humanities and sciences.
  • Our green campus is close to nature reserves, waterways and coastline that are central to our teaching and research.
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