Environmental Science Courses

With an increasing pressure on the environmental and geographical climate of today’s world, environmental scientists are becoming more important. As an environmental science student, you will help to develop the world’s understanding of how our environment is changing, and how this is going to affect us as inhabitants. You will also have opportunities to explore the social, political and cultural climate of different areas, and how these impact the world around them.

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About Environmental Science


The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), an integrated Master of Science (MSci), or an integrated Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSci). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Depending on your institution, your course might be accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).


Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.

Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.


Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.

Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate environmental science degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Undergraduate - £9,250
  • Postgraduate - £9,000

Topics Covered


An undergraduate degree in environmental science will give you a foundation of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on sustainable development, waste management, water quality, diversity of life, environmental management, climate change, paleoenvironments, environments of the past, and critical contemporary environmental issues. The majority of undergraduate degrees will be designed to suit those students who have very little experience of environmental science, as well as challenging those who have previously studied or worked within the discipline. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating physical sessions and field trips. Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, presentations and a final major research project.


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc, you will build on the knowledge and skills you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more specialist and complex areas of environmental science. You will gain a deeper understanding of both the traditional and contemporary concepts of the subject area. Modules and specialisms might include environmental pollution, oceans and coasts, species interactions, sanitation and health and political ecology. Assessment methods might include written work, presentations, and a final major research project.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for an environmental science will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree might require you to have a background in environmental science or geography. If you do not have a strong background in these areas, but can prove that you are passionate about environmental science, some universities may still consider your application. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will require you to have an undergraduate degree in environmental science, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements

  • A Level Grades - ABB-BCC
  • UCAS Points - 128-112 UCAS points
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Psychology
  • Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Environmental Science, Geography (Physical/Human), Geology, Biology, Chemistry

Career Prospects

Graduates of environmental science will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. The wide range of skills gained throughout your degree will be useful and applicable in a variety of industries. If you choose to work in a role directly related to your degree, jobs might include environmental manager, environmental consultant, environmental education, or nature conservation officer. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to your degree, jobs might include town planner, transport planner or architect.