The Department is a research-rich academic community in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with a well-established reputation in the fields of biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

We work with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide, to deliver solutions that address challenges posed in environmental change and sustainability, socio-economic, cultural and political change, health and advanced materials.


We are unique in our expertise in conservation biology, biodiversity, habitat conservation and restoration.

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Our expertise is in pharmaceutical chemistry, advanced materials, and environmental chemistry.

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Our geographers work at the cutting edge of research in human and physical geography to address the key global challenges of our time.

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Environmental Science

In environmental science, our specialisms are climate change science, earth systems science, environmental management and sustainability.

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Our students

We offer successful undergraduate programmes in Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Environment disciplines and a flourishing suite of MSc programmes in Conservation Biology and Behaviour and Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.

We co-deliver UNIGIS UK, a leading provider of online distance learning education in GIS. We have a vibrant community of postgraduate research students and offer a range of professional development opportunities in Biological Recording, Sustainable Aviation and Geography of Health.

We enable our students through excellent teaching and support and have strong links with professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Place Management and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Our chemists have been awarded the RSC Higher Education Teaching Award and national student prizes including Chemicals Northwest Best Young Achiever 2015. Our geographers have been awarded the Society of Location Analysis Silver Award and have been successful in the Posters in Parliament initiative, supported by HEFCE.


We have a global student community in the Department and at the University. To support our international students, we are offering three Dalton International Scholarships for September 2020 entry. This £5,000* scholarship is available for international [non-EU] students who enrol on the following postgraduate programmes:

*The scholarship amount quoted relates to the 2020/21 academic year

The Dalton International Scholarship

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