Environmental Science BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F750
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD

Our Environmental Science degree provides an exceptional range of study opportunities delivered by world leading researchers from across the School of Environmental Sciences.

Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences and will give you an in-depth understanding of both natural and human induced environmental problems. All of our modules centre on real world issues and application including climate change, pollution, and natural hazards.

Environmental Science at Liverpool provides a broad choice of modules throughout your time here. Our wide-ranging 1st year allows you to discover different aspects of Environmental Science providing key knowledge, before you have the opportunity to focus on your particular interests within one of our five 2nd and 3rd year module pathways. These pathways follow different Environmental Science themes, including:

·        Earth and Surface Processes

·        Ecology and the Environment

·        Oceans

·        Society, Sustainability and the Environment

·        Digital Environments

Our students are encouraged to choose optional modules from different pathways, and include laboratory and field base practical work, environmental management, geospatial analysis and introductions to coding and environmental modelling. Together, these provide key knowledge and skills for a career in environmental science.

From your first week to your final year, field classes and laboratory practicals are an integral part of your learning, and provide a firm grounding in the latest techniques and technologies in environmental science. You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, including practicals using research-grade equipment in our purpose built (£23 million) Central Teaching Laboratories.

In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s coastal location, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in locations such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, the Peak District, Portugal, Iceland and California.

Year abroad

As part of your Environmental Science degree programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. Recent destinations have included Canada, Sweden, Australia and China, where our students have had the chance to live and study in different environments. Our students also have the option to add a further year to their degree course, studying for the ‘Year in China’ option (see below), where they are taught about Chinese language and culture in addition to studying Environmental Science related modules at Liverpool’s sister university, XJTLU. Environmental Science is an inherently international discipline, and studying abroad potentially has huge benefits, personally, academically, and for employability. For more information, visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/goabroad.

Fieldwork opportunities

A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. Fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.

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Graduate prospects

In a recent graduate survey, former students identified that the key skills which they developed during their time with the Department are essential in any workplace. These include abstracting and synthesising information; independent and self-motivated learning; recognising and respecting other viewpoints; essay and report writing; oral presentation; planning and execution of a research project and problem solving. Geography graduates have found employment in a wide range of careers, including in the last few years: Conservation Volunteer, Primary and Secondary Teachers, Planning Assistant, Programme Coordinator; Consultant, Educational Support Assistant, Geotechnical Assistant, Governmental Researcher, Project Development Officer, Public Health Intelligence Officer, Ranger, Traffic Management Technician, Trainee Buyer, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Graduate Trainee Chartered Construction Manager, Customer Services Officer, Chartered Surveyor, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Business Development Officer, Town Planner, Graduate Transport Planner and Head of Education.

Department resources

26 experienced staff provide tutorial and welfare support; established network of field study locations; recently refurbished physical laboratories, including state-of-the-art particle size and x-ray analysis equipment; GIS/Cartography suite with computing centre; collection containing over 100,000 maps, 600 atlases and CD ROMs allowing access to digital data.

Research performance

55% of research activity has been deemed world-leading or internationally excellent, and a further 35% internationally recognised.

Facts and figures

Facts and figures
94% of recent Geography graduates would have chosen to study Geography at the University of Liverpool again in a recent student survey.
Independent Eye
"The specific features of the department's teaching programme that are most distinctive include a focus on skills and not just knowledge, a strong emphasis on fieldwork in diverse environments (including major overseas fieldwork opportunities in the third year), and close links with high quality staff research"

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