Growing pressures on scarce resources and concern over the effects of climate change mean there has never been a better time to study environmental science.
Employment prospects are high and the interdisciplinary nature of our degrees will give you both a wide-ranging and a solid scientific base of knowledge.
Why study this course at Dundee?
Studying Environmental Science at Dundee 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.
Our programme is interdisciplinary with teaching staff drawn from a wide range of academic areas. This means that you will benefit from exposure to methods, facilities and research agendas that span the environment – from life sciences including chemistry and biology, through hydrology, remote sensing, geology, geomorphology, oceanography and physics, to environmental planning and management. This provides a firm and rigorous foundation for your career in the environment.
Our staff operate an open-door policy for all students and students are encouraged to approach staff as and when they wish for help and support.
The lecturers are amazing! They are extremely helpful and they get to know everyone in the class. I have been on field trips to Iceland and Aviemore which were exceptional chances to learn from the expertise of the lecturers in the field. The wide range of modules to take in 3rd and 4th year allowing you to learn indepth knowledge a lot of subjects. I have studied aspectra of subjects which will prepare me for life after university. I have had lots of opportunities to do group and individual work getting to know my whole class better.
Natasha Jane Lee,BSc Geography and Environmental Science
What is so good about this course?
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.
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.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.||AB at Advanced Higher including biology or chemistry or physics, plus BB at Higher in different subjects. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.|
|GCE A-Level||BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.||ABB including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H2H2H3H3 at Higher including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit||A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with CC at Advanced Higher||Pass with BB at Advanced Higher|
|SWAP Access||Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade B with ASL-A Level at B||Grade A with ASL-A Level at B|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A Levels at BB||Pass with A Levels at AA|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall||75% overall|
|Other Qualifications||Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher||Entry to BSc degrees requires a Science component equivalent to SQA Higher|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
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.
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).
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:
Semester 1, 20 Credits
This module aims to provide a substantial grounding in selected principal areas of Environmental Science, with particular focus on the lithosphere (geology and geomorphology), the hydrosphere (hydrology) and the movement of energy in the environment, which become the target of more advanced study at higher Levels. Through the development of environmental comprehension, interdisciplinary awareness and analytic technique, the module aims to provide students with the skills and understanding which can serve them in the future, both within and outside the practice of Environmental Science.
Semester 2, 20 Credits
This module aims to provide a foundation in the study of environmental science, focusing on the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. It introduces core knowledge and provides a basis for further independent study in these thematic areas. The module combines lectures, workshops and fieldwork in order to explore atmospheric processes, oceans and marine systems, and terrestrial and aquatic ecology.
+ 4 other modules including at least 2 appropriate science-based modules for BSc degrees.
You will develop a 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:
Semester 1, 20 Credits
This module is designed to provide a substantial grounding in the principal areas of the broad discipline of Environmental Science, and comprises a series of lectures and workshops on aspects of Geoscience, Environmental Resource Management and Remote Sensing. Key themes include the development of Earth’s physical environment over geological timescales and the extent to which it is changing today; the prospects of long term resource management in Scotland; the basic principles of Remote Sensing; and awareness that understanding in a number of scientific disciplines is needed to explain and resolve major environmental issues.
Semester 2, 20 Credits
The module comprises a series of lectures and workshops on Aquatic Science, Ecology and Chemistry, within the broad discipline of Environmental Science. Key themes include the current state of Earth’s hydrosphere and biosphere and the extent to which these spheres are changing today; the fundamental chemical principles of water and atmospheric pollution; the fundamentals of terrestrial ecology; and awareness that understanding in a number of scientific disciplines is needed to explain and resolve major environmental issues.
+ 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)
Your studies will provide a more specialised understanding of specific areas of Environmental Science in addition to further developing your skills in laboratory analysis, remote sensing and site investigation.
Semester 2, 30 Credits
Understanding the past is vital for understanding the significance of changes to the Earth’s environment that we observe today. To understand the past means we have to meet difficult challenges: the challenge of conceptualising Earth system behaviour over vastly different timescales; methodological challenges of understanding the interacting roles of natural and anthropogenic influences on the environment; the technical challenge of estimating the age of rock, sediment and organic debris; and the challenge of understanding how the terrestrial impacts of climate changes have been preserved in ways that allow us to reconstruct climate history. Reconstructing Past Environments (RPE) addresses all of these topical scientific questions, to provide both a sound understanding of fundamental mechanisms of climate change and research-led inquiry into specific aspects of the Earth’s recent geological past, thus posing relevant questions about our future climate and environment.
- 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:
- Hydrology and Water Resources
- Glacial Processes and Environments
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Environmental Criminology
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.
- Environmental Sustainability in Practice
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:
- Hydrology and Water Resources
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Environmental Criminology
How you will be taught
We believe that students progress most effectively through a stimulating and diverse range of teaching methods, including active participation in laboratory and computing practical classes, seminars, small group discussions, fieldwork, guided independent study, coursework and lectures.
The programme is designed to build your knowledge and understanding successively at each level of a four-year degree, developing both transferable skills in information technology and communication and subject specific skills in laboratory analysis, remote sensing and site investigation. Great emphasis is placed on learning through fieldwork, both independently and in group work. Throughout Level 1, special study skills sessions are provided to support the transition to independent study which underpins most university learning.
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.
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.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,275 per year of study|
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.
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 cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- 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.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Environmental Science BSc (Hons)||F750|
|Apply Now||Environmental Science and Geography MA (Hons)||FL77|
|Apply Now||Environmental Science and Geography BSc (Hons)||LF77|