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Environmental Science (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Our exciting and topical Environmental Science degree combines a range of subjects, including geography, law and oceanography. It focuses on applying science to some of the biggest environmental challenges of today and in the future. It will prepare you for a rewarding career in many fields, like environmental management and conservation.

Our Environmental Science course consists of theory with practical and project work, and explores sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

At the start of the course, you'll choose one of 4 specialist pathways. This will give you control over your degree and career route. You can change your pathway at the end of the first year.

You can choose to specialise in:

  • Aquatic Environments and Resources

  • Environmental Change

  • Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Sustainable Environmental Management

You'll complete a research project in year 3. Industry regularly implements our students’ work. For example, Ordnance Survey has used recommendations from student-designed environmental management systems.

We provide many opportunities for fieldwork, where you'll gain the skills to collect and analyse data. Previous field trips have used drones for remote sensing and studied salt marsh vegetation.

As part of this course you can:

  • learn to apply quantitative analysis and field research techniques

  • use computer-based geographical information systems to study environmental change

  • use specialist facilities including a purpose-built teaching lab and remote sensing equipment

  • join our award-winning Enactus society

  • boost your skills and employability by spending a year in employment

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 495.42 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

You can apply to transfer to the 4-year integrated Masters (MEnvSci) course until midway through the third year.