Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Overview

From climate change to depleting natural resources, our planet faces many challenges. Environmental scientists stand on the front line in tackling these issues. If you want to join them, this is the course for you.

On this BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree course, you’ll explore how the environment is changing and what steps we're taking to minimise our impact on it. You’ll use the latest tech to analyse pollutants, soil structure and water quality and go on plenty of field trips to put your skills to work outside of the classroom.

This course is your first step towards professional certification as an Environmental Scientist. The Government is putting sustainability at the heart of policy making. So your skills will be in high demand for a wide range of Master’s, PhD’s and jobs within the environmental sector including academia, business or Government positions. 

What you'll experience:

  • Examine the physical and social aspects of environmental issues and develop practical skills to carry out your own environmental research
  • Get experience in our environmental labs using the same techniques employed by the world’s leading environmental researchers, including plasma spectrometry and electron microscopy
  • Make use of teaching and research facilities at the internationally renowned Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Go on field trips to locations such as Somerset, Isle of Wight, Malta, Portugal, Malaysia and Belize
  • Develop leadership and teamworking skills by working on group projects in the field and in the lab
  • Take advantage of our waterside location with boats available for marine excursions and the option to learn scientific and technical diving in a PADI-certified unit
  • Do a final year independent project considering the ethical issues connected to the project and health and safety documentation
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at institutions including Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links in the industry.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Ecology, Plants and Human Impact
  • Environmental Systems
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
  • Planet Earth
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Science for Earth Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring
  • Environmental Fieldwork and Professional Skills
  • GIS And Remote Sensing
  • Research Design and Data Analysis 

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Energy Resources
  • Environmental Change
  • Hydrology and Flood Hazard Assessment
  • Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Practical Boating Skills
  • Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Science Dissertation
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Environmental Audit and Assessment

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • European Study Tour
  • Tropical Study Tour
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Climate Change

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • field work
  • workshops

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • field work or lab notebook recordings
  • reports
  • site surveys
  • computer-based exercises
  • oral presentation and essays
  • posters
  • presentations

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 52% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you could go on to study Master’s PhD’s, work in academia, business and Government in a wide range of environmental specialties such as, conservation, pollution monitoring and control, waste management, sustainability, audit and assessment, climate change and energy resources.

What jobs can you do with an Environmental Science degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Environmental chemist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographic information scientist
  • Conservation officer
  • Waste Management Manager
  • Environmental Policy officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Climate change modeller

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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