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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Environmental Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F751

What you'll study

Much of your study will be field and research based. You will also have regular lectures, tutorials and seminars. A range of online resources are available to support and supplement your studies.

The first two years of study will include modules that develop core knowledge on understanding environmental processes, systems and human impacts on the environment.  Modules focussed on key scientific skills such as experimental design, data management and analysis will also be core across the first two years. There will be a range of optional modules available so you can choose to specialise in more chemical and physical aspects of the environment, or modules with more of an ecological focus.

Your final year will largely be devoted to a research project in a subject area of your choice and specialist modules for learning the environmental skills required in the sector. There’s also a core Environmental Impact Assessment module and an optional Field Studies module, in which you can apply your skills in a choice of possible settings and destinations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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 (in 2018 we’ll be going to Shropshire).

  • Diversity of Life

  • 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.

  • Practical Ecology

    A week long residential field course examining the ecology of specific habitat types found in the vicinity e.g. sandy and rocky shores, shallow water marine environments, woodlands, grasslands and 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.

Optional modules

  • Global Challenges: Hazardous Worlds

  • Science Communication

    Communicating science effectively is a skill you will need within your degree and beyond. This module allows you to learn theory and practise of communicating a topic related to your degree, in a range of ways (video, writing, infographics) and for a range of audiences.

  • Dive Training

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Environmental Resource Management

  • Frontiers in Environmental Science

  • Ecological Monitoring

  • 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 modules

  • Catchment to Coast

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

  • GIS

  • Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially climate, has and will change 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.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Environmental Pollution

  • Environmental Science Dissertation

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Optional modules

  • Rivers and their Management

    Discover exciting and innovative ways of thinking and practising river management for both flooding and geomorphic impact - including the latest practices of natural flood management (NFM). This module will introduce you to key approaches to river management through a combination of lectures, student-led presentations and a final report.

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, the impacts of climate change hazards on humans, human adaptations to climate change and future climate change scenarios. This module uses a combination of lectures, PC practicals and seminars.

  • Field Studies

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

    Develop an understanding of the status and importance of freshwater fisheries worldwide. You will learn how humans impact on freshwater fisheries, rehabilitation processes, conservation methods and legislative instruments all used to protect and develop fisheries.

  • Teaching Your Subject

  • Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends in 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, and how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

  • Practical Conservation

    Work in partnership with local environmentally orientated organisations to help further their objectives. You'll learn about the day-to-day practicalities of species/habitat management, population surveys, public engagement and promoting sustainable use of environmental resources.

“By studying Environmental Science, I feel like I can see the world in a different way.”

Nadira Hendarta Watch video

More about this course

We live in a rapidly changing world where the need for scientists who understand the forces shaping our planet have never been greater. In the next 20 years, the world’s population is predicted to rise to nine billion. Climate change is already affecting millions of people’s lives.

This programme will help you develop a deep understanding of the integrated and complex nature of environmental systems and our impact on the planet. It will give you a broad range of practical, field and analytical skills to solve environmental problems. Throughout your degree, there will be opportunities for residential field courses in the UK and abroad, as well as day-to-day fieldwork. 


Teaching and Learning

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. 

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.


Future Prospects

The practical and multidisciplinary skills you learn are much sought after in governmental and non-governmental organisations. The field and laboratory skills are ideal preparation for a scientific officer career with organisations such as the Environment Agency or in local councils.  A large number of Hull Environmental Science graduates have pursued careers in environmental consultancy where the core skills in environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment are particularly relevant.

Students who are more conservation and education focused might pursue a career with a wildlife trust or conservation organisation. Some of our research-focused students continue their studies by taking a taught Masters degree or by progressing onto research degrees. There are opportunities for further study within the University of Hull.