Engineering and the Environment

Environmental Sciences Degrees

  • Our degrees in Environmental Sciences integrate theory based learning with practical field and project work
  • Our Environmental Sciences degree students have helped to create environmental initiatives on campus such as the Southampton Blackout to help us reduce our carbon impact
  • Putting theory into practice: This is not a desk-based Environmental Sciences degree! You will have plenty of opportunities to get outside and develop your field skills
  • Our Environmental Sciences researchers are using anaerobic digestion to recycle food waste and produce biofuels
  • We take advantage of our close proximity to the New Forest National Park, taking our Environmental Science degree students on field trips in the local area
  • On field trips you will learn skills like species identification
  • Simon Kemp was named the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year by the Times Higher Education magazine
  • We have specialist flumes for researching issues related to fish passage and fisheries management
  • Our Environmental Sciences researchers were awarded the Chartered Institution of Waste Management Waste Regulation Award 2013

Environmental scientists are at the sharp end of dealing with the challenges that face our world, managing our natural environments sustainably and seeking ways to balance this with economic and social concerns.

The challenges facing us all in this century have never been more pressing:

  • adapting to climate change and dealing with the results of natural disasters
  • providing food and water for the global population
  • conserving our wildlife and natural resources
  • preventing pollution or dealing with its consequences responsibly
  • developing sustainable energy sources

Environmental scientists have the interdisciplinary knowledge needed to face up to these challenges. They can use their scientific knowledge to improve how we manage our world and to give advice to decision-makers.

Our Environmental Sciences degrees provide a thorough understanding of many aspects of the environment based on firm scientific foundations. 

As an environmental scientist you will cut across the traditional boundaries of science, learning to integrate knowledge across many different fields.

Southampton has an international reputation for a wide range of environmental research activities, including ocean and Earth science, chemistry, geography, biological sciences and environmental engineering. All of these expert specialisms feed into our interdisciplinary degrees in Environmental Sciences, offering diverse choice and opportunities for our students.

We are passionate about providing the most relevant education and training for our Environmental Sciences degree students. In today's employment market it's vital that graduates show they have the skills to apply their knowledge. Our Environmental Science programmes integrate theory based learning with practical field and project work.

Students studying for a degree in Environmental Sciences have their own society, with an elected committee and support from the Students' Union. The Society arranges a range of weird and wonderful social events: balls, barbecues, bowling, pub crawls and conservation trips. It also sends students into schools for environmental events.


Environmental Sciences Degrees

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Watch our Field Course video

View our Environmental Sciences brochure

View our Environmental Sciences brochure

Southampton Merit Scholarships
  • 89% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

  • Our £1000 Southampton Merit Scholarships are offered across all our undergraduate programmes in Engineering and the Environment.

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Voices of experience

  • Why choose to study for a degree in Environmental Sciences?
  • Why do students choose Environmental Sciences degrees at the University of Southampton
  • Highlights of the Environmental Sciences degree at the University of Southampton
  • Meet our Environmental Science Students!
  • Professor Ian Williams and Dr Kate Schreckenberg talk about the undergraduate  degrees in Environmental Sciences available at the University of Southampton.
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