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University of Greenwich, Natural Resources Institute

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Study Geography and Environmental Science at Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich to work with the environment, society and geography

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Geography and Environmental Science degrees at the University of Greenwich are delivered by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), a specialist institute with a reputation for international excellence and more than 100 years’ expertise and experience in global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. NRI is based at the University’s Medway campus in Kent, which is close to both London and Kent’s ‘Garden of England’, offering our students the perfect base to explore the capital and local rivers, countryside and coastal scenery. Our Geography and Environmental Science degrees are ranked first among London universities for student satisfaction and within the UK’s top ten for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide (2017).


Our research-informed teaching is delivered by world-leading scientists and practitioners in international development who inspire learning through discovery, sharing and most importantly, the application of knowledge.

In the first year, students studying Geography and Environmental Science take the same portfolio of courses, where they will receive a thorough grounding in the subjects, with themes including Basic Chemistry for Life Science, The Earth’s Dynamic Systems, Science & the Environment, Environmental Field Skills plus Practical & Professional Skills.

In the second year, our students have the opportunity to specialise, by taking courses more oriented towards either geography or environmental science. This specialisation culminates in the final year, when students will also undertake an independent research project. This is an opportunity for students to work with a specialist supervisor in their area of interest – including possibilities of projects overseas. In addition to attending lectures and practicals, subject material is reinforced through topical seminars delivered by visiting speakers, residential field trips in the UK and Spain, and day visits linked to specific courses.

Field trip to the Lake District, May 2016Field trip to the Lake District, May 2016


Our students are enveloped in a research-rich environment which continually informs our teaching. The impact and excellence of NRI’s research are evidenced by national rankings, prizes and success in winning research funding. NRI was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in research and development, and a Guardian University Award for Research Impact; we work with organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, amongst others.


Our innovative degrees make the most of the very latest learning strategies and assessment techniques and are designed to provide our fully qualified graduates with all the necessary skills to secure employment. Our graduates can find opportunities in a range of areas, including geographical information systems and remote sensing, conservation, ecology, environmental management and auditing, development and climate change. Some go on to further study (MSc and PhD) or use their degree as a stepping stone to other general science careers or teaching, while others apply the wide range of transferable skills obtained to work in other fields such as marketing, administration, information technology or management.

Field trip in the New Forest, 2016Field trip in the New Forest, 2016

Life at University is not only about studying. The Medway Campus is 30 minutes by train from London, and has restaurants, a sports centre, halls of residence and a pub. It is also within five minutes’ walk of local shops, a cinema complex, water sports facilities and a further range of restaurants. You will have the opportunity to engage with student societies, perhaps become involved in various sporting activities or maybe even be selected for the University Challenge team. Who knows where your first steps at Greenwich might lead?

NRI students and staff take part in the 2016 ‘Medway Dragon Boat Challenge’NRI students and staff take part in the 2016 ‘Medway Dragon Boat Challenge’

To find out more about our programmes, come and visit the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich:

Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB
Tel: +44(0) 1634 88 0088
Fax: +44(0) 1634 88 3386
Email: [email protected]

Contact the Programme Leader: Dr Peter Burt ([email protected])

University Open Days:www2.gre.ac.uk/study/opendays

University website: www.gre.ac.uk • NRI website: www.nri.org

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