Environmental Science

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BSc Environmental Science

Hull’s growth as a hub in this developing field means there are few places better to study the subject.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

F751

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Start date

Course overview

The need for scientists who understand the forces shaping our planet has never been greater. This degree will give you a range of practical, field and analytical skills to help you solve real environmental problems.

You’ll spend much of your time conducting field work and research. That'll be backed up by lectures, tutorials, seminars and opportunities for residential field courses in the UK and abroad.

The programme draws on our expertise in biology, geography and geology to make a truly interdisciplinary degree – with practical skills embedded throughout.

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6 reasons to study Environmental Science at Hull

  1. Top three UK university for research impact#
  2. Field trips to locations like Brazil and Malaysia
  3. Study under experts in key global issues
  4. Gain career-boosting field and lab skills
  5. Learn to dive on subsidised PADI course
  6. 95% graduate employability rating

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Diversity of Life

    ​This module introduces you to the diversity of life and the fascinating adaptations that enable organisms to inhabit nearly all conceivable ecological niches. Practical workshops will give you first-hand experience in studying living and preserved plants and animals, and you’ll learn basic microbiological techniques. ​

    Introduction to Environmental Science

    As well as providing an introduction to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment, this module introduces key practical skills needed in environmental science.

    Exploring Worlds Around Us

    This module is all about how to be a geographer, a geologist, or an environmental scientist. You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location.

    Practical Ecology

    A week long residential field course examining the ecology of specific habitat types found in the vicinity, such as sandy and rocky shores, shallow water marine environments, woodlands and grasslands, and learning the principles of ecological sampling. You'll implement a range of field-based sampling methods to collect data from a range of habitats and learn the principles of scientific project design.

    Interpreting Environments

    This module prepares you for further study of environmental science or geography by introducing you to some key tools we use to interpret the environments around us, such as computer mapping and data analysis. You will use these to study different aspects of our local area.

  • Optional

    Dive Training

    ​Do you want to learn to dive? In this module you can train to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and develop specialist diving skills including: underwater navigation, deep diving, photography, and underwater naturalist.​

    Landscapes of the World

    This module introduces you to different landforms and landscapes found across the globe: from mountains and glaciers to rainforests, coastal and marine environments and deserts.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Frontiers in Environmental Science

    ​Gain practical experience of working in small groups to design and carry out research investigations, to prepare you for designing and planning your dissertation project. The module allows you to focus on the environmental science topics that interest you the most.​

    Geographical Information Systems

    Develop your understanding of the principles and processes behind GIS, the nature and use of spatial data and the application of GIS on this practical module.

    Ecological Monitoring

    ​Examine the need for and context of field-based environmental monitoring strategies for both habitats and species. By taking part in fieldwork and research, you'll monitor a range of species, habitats and environmental factors. Choose from mammals, birds, herpetofauna, insects, terrestrial vegetation, freshwater monitoring and monitoring of marine communities.​

    Living in the Anthropocene

    Many observers now consider the impact of humankind on the earth system so great that a new epoch of geological time is required to accurately describe these changes to our planet. The term ‘Anthropocene’ raises profound questions about the scale of these impacts, their permanence and the prospects for sustainable global environmental stewardship, which are explored in this module.

  • Optional

    Catchment to Coast

    Look at Earth surface processes from the source in upland areas to the sink in coastal environments. Through lectures, fieldwork and laboratory experiments, you will learn about how sediments are eroded, transported and deposited through a catchment.

    Geohazards

    Explore what constitutes a geohazard, and the specifics of a range of natural hazards present in the environment, which may include earthquakes, volcanic hazards, tsunamis, flooding, and climate-related hazards. You will engage in a range of practical activities and report writing assessments which will develop your own skills in evaluating risk, hazard and susceptibility in a variety of settings.​

    Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially the climate, changes in the past, present and future. This module uses a combination of lectures and practical activities to introduce you to key concepts in environmental change and develop key skills, such as laboratory methods.

    Sustainable Futures

    Study key issues relating to the concept of sustainability and attempts to create more sustainable ways of living. You will focus on different geographical, cultural and economic settings, exploring the challenges involved in integrating environmental concerns into policymaking, economic activity and our lifestyles.

Year abroad modules

You will spend Year 3 studying at a university abroad. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons within a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Environmental Pollution

    Evaluate the different types of pollutants impacting upon the land, atmosphere, freshwater and marine systems. You'll explore how we assess the risks associated with pollution events and develop remediation strategies to minimise the effect.  A big emphasis is on the use of practical techniques for assessing the impacts and effectiveness of remediation strategies.

    Environmental Science Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring

    ​Environmental Impact Assessments are the industry standard for assessing the impact of developments on the environment. In this module, you’ll learn about the socio-economic, ecological, environmental, aesthetic and legislative aspects of EIAs, and critically evaluate existing EIAs.

  • Optional

    Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS

    Develop your geospatial analysis and modelling skills with GIS. This will provide you with key expertise when you enter the geographic job market.

    Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, its impact on us and our adaptions to it, as well as future climate change scenarios. This module uses a combination of lectures, PC practicals and seminars.

    Field Studies

    ​Explore somewhere new and learn new field-based skills on one of our residential field trips (a financial contribution is required).  Destinations vary but recent students have selected from a dive-based trip in Malaysia, an exploration of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil, Mediterranean ecology in Mallorca and UK ecology at Malham Tarn.  ​

    Teaching Project

    Teaching is a popular career choice for Geography, Geology and Biology students. This module provides you with experience of classroom and school environments, providing real world teaching experience and allowing you to conduct a project with a school into an aspect of teaching and learning in your subject.

    Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends among many environmental factors is difficult, but we do know that many aspects of the natural world are being significantly affected by human activity. In this module, you will explore how the natural world is responding and will respond to future changes. You will consider how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

336 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

864 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

20%
7%
73%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

17%
18%
65%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

1200 hours

Work placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

8%
13%
79%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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You'll have access to the flume - a device for studying the bodies of water that dominate our planet.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Environmental consultant
  • Scientific officer
  • Conservationist
  • Fisheries officer

The field and lab skills you'll learn are ideal preparation for a career as a scientific officer with organisations such as the Environment Agency, local councils or businesses in the private sector.

Many of our graduates pursue careers in environmental consultancy, where the core skills in environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment are particularly relevant.

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‡Percentage of students from biological sciences subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018