• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Growing pressures on scarce resources and concern over the effects of climate change mean there has never been a better time to be an environmental science professional.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This Widening Access programme gives you the opportunity of securing a place on our BSc Environmental Science Degree programme.

As a graduate in Environmental Science you will have a wide-ranging and solid scientific base of knowledge and with the growing pressure on scarce resources and the effects of climate change you will have high employment prospects.

Studying Environmental Science provides you with the opportunity to explore the problems associated with the interaction of humans and the natural environment, focusing on topical and relevant issues such as climate change, pollution of land and water and the management of natural resources.

This new and exciting Widening Access Co-curriculum programme, run in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College, gives you the opportunity of securing a place at the University of Dundee if you currently fall short of our entry requirements but meet our Widening Access criteria.

The aim of the first year is to enable your success in acquiring a broad based working knowledge and understanding of environmental principles and processes. This includes geology, hydrology, atmosphere, and oceanography. The course at Dundee & Angus College provides a strong foundation in basic science. Key environmental areas will be supplemented through sessions supplied by the School of Environment which will be taught on the University campus.

You will matriculate as a University of Dundee student with full access to all of the resources and facilities. On successful completion of first year you will transfer directly into year 2 of the Environmental Science programme at the University of Dundee.

Staff at both Dundee & Angus College and the University operate an open-door policy and students are encouraged to approach staff as and when they wish for help and support.

Professional Links

We have strong links to employers nationally, reflected by research and consultancy work undertaken by teaching staff and by the rising numbers of direct approaches we receive for graduates, including opportunities for work experience and summer placements. Guest lecturers from environmental employers address key environmental issues throughout the programme.

Application has been made for professional accreditation for the environmental science degree from the Institute of Environmental Sciences. This will further develop the already excellent links between our courses and employment opportunities.


You will enjoy fieldwork at all four levels of study, embedded into each stage of our programme. This currently includes an overseas field trip to south-east Spain in Level 3, and day trips to the rich variety of stunning environments easily accessible from Dundee, from the Firth of Tay to the Cairngorms and beyond.

In addition to an academic understanding of environmental issues, you'll also acquire the practical skills to tackle environmental problems through techniques such as site investigation and sustainable resource management.

Erasmus Exchanges

Active exchange links enable you to study for a semester or year at Umea (Sweden), Lausanne (Switzerland), Dresden (Germany), Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid), Vigo (Portugal) and Flinders (Australia). Visit our Erasmus website for more information.

Geography and Environmental Science Society

Environmental Science students and staff quickly get to know each other through field classes and group project work, creating a friendly and informal atmosphere. In addition to this, the student-run Geography and Environmental Science Society (GESS) provides a lively and informal focus for social activities, which include talks, dinners and an annual ceilidh.


Environmental Science students, together with Geography students, regularly organise expeditions to different parts of the world. In recent years groups of students have successfully raised funds and sponsorship to travel to Iceland and the European Alps, where they have carried out scientific research projects into glacier hazards, environmental change and human impacts on the environment.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

  • Normally you would have obtained your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
  • You meet our Scottish Widening Access (SIMD) criteria.
  • At least 2 SQA passes (grade C) at Higher level from either Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics or Mathematics. Good grades in other relevant subjects at intermediate 2 level or Standard Grade.

We can also consider work experience or other qualifications, and are happy to meet you individually to discuss your entry. Contact Dr Martin Kirkbride (m.p.kirkbride@dundee.ac.uk) or Tom Cunningham (t.cunningham@dundee.ac.uk) to arrange a visit.

Scottish Widening Access (SIMD 40) Vacancies

The University of Dundee is fully committed to admitting students with the promise and potential to excel on our broad offering of academic, vocational and professional undergraduate degree programmes. As such, our contextualised admissions policy ensures that educational disadvantage is considered in each decision and appropriate adjustments are made. More information on contextualised admissions and how this may apply to your application can be found on our how to apply webpage. Our ultimate aim is to increase the opportunities available to candidates from backgrounds who traditionally may not consider Higher Education.

To aid us in this mission, we are currently offering a small number of Widening Access vacancies to candidates from the 40% most multiply-deprived areas in Scotland (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation or SIMD40). These places have been made available from ring fenced funds provided by the Scottish Funding Council. Candidates eligible for these vacancies will also qualify for our academic access programmes, which can help to top up any academic shortfall and prepare candidates for the transitional challenges of entering an undergraduate degree programme. Read more about our Access programmes and please contact us if you would like to discuss in more detail.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

This course is taught collaboratively in first year by the Dundee & Angus College Applied Sciences team and the University of Dundee Environmental Science team.

Our staff have many contacts in environmental management and consultancy, with expeditions and other academic units, all of which can be used to provide invaluable experience for students in their final-year projects.

How you will be taught

Throughout the course attention is given to providing you with the generic skills which will enhance your future employability, and particular emphasis is given to training in the intellectual and practical skills that underpin environmental science.

These specific skills are delivered through hands-on experience in the field and workshop tutorials. Intellectual skills are developed through structured tutorials and problem-solving exercises, whilst interpersonal and group work skills are encouraged through shared projects.

Although key concepts and core knowledge will be explained in formal lectures, you will also be trained to access and critically evaluate scientific data and supporting information from other sources. The emphasis is on encouraging you to take control of your learning and pursue your own interests within the framework of the core curriculum.

How you will be assessed

We pride ourselves on a diversity of assessment methods which reflect student performance in a range of tasks, and avoid excessive reliance on exams.

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, comprising all laboratory and fieldwork reports, class tests, essays and verbal presentations, and end-of-year examinations.

Coursework counts for 75% of the overall assessment at Level 1, 50% at Level 2 and between 50% and 100% of the modules at Levels 3 and 4.

What you will study

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1 (taught in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College)

The Level 1 modules provide a thorough grounding in the principal areas of Environmental Science. You will develop competence in a range of practical and IT skills, and in written and verbal communication. Your studies will be structured in two half-year (semester) modules.

Modules taken at Dundee & Angus College include:

  • Presentation Skills in Science: DG7034 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Information Technology: Applications Software: D75X34 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Practice: DH2K34 SCQF Level 7: 2 Credit
  • Quality and Health and Safety systems in Science Industries: DF8234 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Statistics for Science: DN8C34 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Cell Biology: Theory and Practice: DJ1K34 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Biochemistry: Theory and Practice: DH2J34 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Environmental Biology 7 1 D033 13 SCQF Level 7: 1 Credit
  • Ecology and Ecosystems 7 1 DN37 34 Genetics: DP4P 34
  • Fundamental Chemistry: An introduction: DX29 33 SCQF Level 6: 1 Credit

Module taken on Dundee University Campus:

  • Introduction to the Global Environment

Level 2

You will develop more detailed understanding in key areas of Environmental Science combined with skills in site investigation and laboratory analysis. Your studies will be supported through regular field excursions in the local area. Your knowledge and understanding of Environmental Science will be developed through two half-year modules:

Management and Monitoring: EV21001
Semester 1, 20 credits
Environmental resource management is described as an essential process of decision making incorporating the setting of environmental objectives, monitoring and assessment of current environmental conditions and the prediction of future change. Students will study resource management issues in relation to Mineral Resources and in a wider context, the protection of Scotland's natural resource base as a whole. The design of environmental monitoring programmes is considered in terms of supplying information required for management. In particular, the use of Remote Sensing techniques is examined in this module.

Mechanisms and Measurements: EV22002
Semester 2, 20 credits
This module serves as an introduction to the science of aquatic, atmospheric and terrestrial processes and emphasizes physical, chemical and biological mechanisms and their measurement. The range of topics taught in the module gives students their first opportunity to study oceanography, incorporating ocean circulation and global heat transfer and leading in to the productivity of the marine environment. Of equal importance are terrestrial processes. Terrestrial ecology is studied through exploration of vegetation adaptation, land reclamation and restoration. Finally, the chemistry of atmospheric pollution, water pollution and water treatment are examined.

  • 4 other modules, including at least 2 appropriate science-based modules for BSc degrees; one of these will be chemistry for Advanced Entry to Level 2 for students who do not have a good pass at Higher or A-Level in chemistry (or an equivalent qualification)

Level 3

Your studies will provide more specialised understanding of specific areas of Environmental Science in addition to further developing your skills in laboratory analysis, remote sensing and site investigation.

Core module:

  • Reconstructing Past Environments

Option modules:

  • BI32028 - Ecology and Conservation Biology (Sem 2)
  • EV31003 - Environmental Remote Sensing (Sem 1)
  • EV31004 - Biogeography (Sem 1)
  • EV32001 - Reconstructing Past Environments (Sem 2)

Students can also choose from a selection of Geography modules. Typical modules on offer include:

  • Population Geography
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Glacial Processes and Environments
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Level 4

In addition to completing your own research project you will be able to choose the areas of Environmental Science you specialise in from a range of modules offered.

Core module:

  • EV41004 - Dissertation (Year-Long)

Option modules:

  • BI31017 - Animal Behaviour and Ecophysiology (Sem 1)
  • EV42001 - Coastal and Estuarine Geoscience (Sem 2)

In addition to these modules, Level 4 Environmental Science students can also choose from several 'advanced' Geography modules which develop material introduced at Level 3. Typical modules on offer include:

  • Population Geography
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

As a graduate in environmental science you will have high employment prospects. You will have a solid scientific base knowledge together with valuable interpretative skills much sought by prospective employers in many fields such as environmental protection, environmental consultancy and the water industry.

Our focus on skills emphasises both transferable skills (e.g. in numerical problem-solving, communication and team working) and discipline-specific skills (e.g. flood risk assessment using industry-standard hydrological models) which are endorsed by employers as relevant to the needs of the employment marketplace.

Staff have especially strong working relationships with the UK environmental regulatory agencies. Typical examples of recent graduate destinations include the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, consultants (e.g. Enviros, MWH, Environmental Resources Management, W A Fairhurst) and local authorities.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students Not applicable
Overseas students (non-EU) This course is not open to overseas students

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowEnvironmental Science (with Dundee & Angus College) BSc (Hons)F7M0