CENTA encompasses research activities within four broad themes:
- Anthropogenic Impact
- Evolution and Ecosystems
- Dynamic Earth
CENTA aims to develop well-rounded students confident in a wide range of scientific, research, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Such individuals will go on to become future sector leaders, equipped with not only specialist and technical expertise in their research fields, but also the ability translate research into impact and to address the complex and shared environmental challenges facing society.