Our teaching and research programmes are anchored in a passion for planet Earth and the geological, environmental, and social processes that affect the world around us.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, from the Earth’s deep interior to the communities we live in, our staff and students are working to understand the matters that most affect our planet.

Enrolments for 2020 now open!

Keen to learn about the structure and history of the Earth? Feeling passionate about making a positive impact on the state of the natural and human world? Or perhaps intrigued by the different cultural, social, and physical geography of the planet? Then we're the School for you! Check out what subject areas we have to offer below, and peruse through our course lists. Once you're sure, click on the link below to be directed straight to the Enrolments Page.

A blue river, in the centre of the photo, flows over rocks and into a pool, surrounded by greenery

Our Environment

The Environmental Science students share stories on topics of interest including didymo, mangroves and the fashion industry in this class blog.

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    Three researchers from the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences have received recognition for their outstanding work in geography by their peers in New Zealand.