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BSc (Hons)Environmental Science

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Our Environmental Science degree provides a wide breadth of study opportunities from across the School of Environmental Sciences. Our degree is designed to give you an understanding of both natural and human induced environmental problems. All of our modules centre on real world issues and application, such as food security, climate change, energy security, pollution and natural hazards. In addition to bespoke environmental science classes, our degree allows you to choose from a range of modules in geosciences, ecology, physical geography, and oceanography, so that you can shape your degree to suit your particular areas of interest and career pathway.

Focusing on applied skills that are relevant to careers in Environmental Science, you will gain expertise in monitoring, modelling and managing the environment.

From your first week to your final year, field classes and laboratory practicals are an integral part of your learning, and provide a firm grounding in the latest techniques and technologies in Environmental Science. You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, including practicals in our purpose built (£23 million) Central Teaching Laboratories.

In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s coastal location, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in locations such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Peak District, Portugal and California.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

In order to give a strong foundation to your degree all students take core modules in Year One which help introduce you to the breadth of the subject, and to provide the key ideas which inform the rest of the course. Core modules include Ecology and Conservation, Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Earth Surface Processes, Evolution and Biodiversity, Experiments in Physical Geography, and Laboratory and Field Techniques for Ecologists. In addition, you can choose other optional modules from within geosciences, ecology, physical geography and oceanography, such as: Living with Environmental Change, Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes, Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans, Marine Ecosystems – Diversity, Processes and Threats, Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils, Animal Biodiversity, and Ocean Chemistry and Life.

Programme Year Two

In Year Two, skills development is a central part of the programme, with core modules in Research Skills, Statistics for Environmental Scientists and a residential field class in the beautiful Peak District National Park. You can either choose additional modules from a range of areas, or choose to specialise in a particular branch of Environmental Science. Choices include Climatology, Environmental Sustainability, Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, Quaternary Environmental Change, Geomorphology – Ice, Sea and Air, and Marine Pollution.

Programme Year Three

In Year Three, you will complete an independent dissertation which brings together the skills and techniques learnt in the degree to produce an independent piece of research. There is also the option to complete a work-based dissertation with one of our industry contacts, and to take a two-week field class to Santa Cruz in California. As well as completing a core module in Contemporary Issues in Ecology and Environment, you can choose from a range of specialised modules, such as Human-Environmental Interactions, Conservation Biology, Climate Change – A Critical Review, Natural Hazards and Society, Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources, and Surviving the Marine Environment – Adaptation, Behaviour And Conservation.

Career opportunities

The Environmental Science degree can prepare you for a wide range of careers including:

Geotechnical Assistant
Governmental Researcher
Project Development Officer
Environmental Consultancy
Trainee Chartered Construction Manager
Chartered Surveyor
Research Assistant
Graduate Transport Planner
Environment Officer
Primary and Secondary Teacher

By the time you graduate you will have developed valuable skills such as numeracy, literacy, laboratory skills, critical thinking, team work, project management, GIS, research design, policy analysis and a high level of environmental awareness and understanding.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States