Impatient to be a part of change?


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.
  • Two-thirds of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
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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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Spotlight environmental consultant

In this blog post Essex graduate Amie Lenkowiec talks about her career in marine biology and her current work as an environmental consultant.

Read the blog

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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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.