Understanding the complex interactions between the physical and biological environment and how humans influence them both is essential if we are to find solutions to the increasing global environmental challenges that face us today.
This practical degree, focusing on real-world issues such as climate change, pollution and resource exploitation will prepare you to play your part in tackling those challenges.
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.
Programme in detail
Unrivalled diversity and choice. The key strength of our programme is the unique breadth of staff expertise in the School of Environmental Sciences. This allows you to choose from an extensive range of modules delivered by experts in their field using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.
Students' choices are guided by one of five 'module pathways' themed around:
- Digital Environments
- Society, Sustainability and the Environment
- Earth and Surface Processes
These pathways ensure that our students graduate with the specialist skills and knowledge needed for their future careers, while also having the benefit of a wide-ranging education in Environmental Science.
Emphasis on Fieldwork. From your first week to your final year, field classes are an integral part of your learning, giving you a chance to experience the environments that you are learning about and practice using industry-standard sampling and surveying approaches. In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s coastal location, you will also have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in locations such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Peak District as well as options in Portugal, Iceland and California.
Award-winning teaching facilities. You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, including practical sessions in our purpose built £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories. Laboratory work provides a firm grounding in the latest techniques and technologies in Environmental Science.
Future Ready. Focussing on applied skills that are relevant to careers in our sector, you will gain expertise in monitoring, modelling and managing the environment. This will help you to get your first graduate job or move on to further study. Our BSc Environmental Science programmes are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, recognising their high quality.
Environmental science is an inherently international discipline, and studying abroad potentially has huge benefits, personally, academically, and for employability. As part of your Environmental Science degree programme you have the opportunity to spend Semester One of Year Two studying abroad with one of our exchange partners across North America. Our students also have the option to add a further year to their degree course, studying for the ‘Year in China’ option, where they are taught about Chinese language and culture in addition to studying environmental science related modules at Liverpool’s sister university, XJTLU. For more information, visit liverpool.ac.uk/goabroad.
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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Throughout your time at Liverpool, you will receive training in key career skills such as CV and cover letter writing, and mock interviews, while we also run specialised careers fairs to allow you to make the most of your degree after you graduate. As part of an IES accredited programme, you will also have the chance to attend additional careers and skills training courses, have access to environmental sector linked job adverts, and make progress towards Chartered Scientist or Chartered Environmentalist status.
Environmental Science at Liverpool is focussed on providing you with the key knowledge and practical skills to be successful within the environmental sector. Our graduates are experienced in report writing, field and laboratory practical skills, oral presentations, project planning, and increasingly coding and modelling skills that are highly sought after by employers.
Our graduates are employed in a variety of areas both within and outside the environmental sector, including: Conservation Management; Geotechnical Surveying; Environmental Consultancy; Accountancy; Education; and Research.
Environmental Science students are taught by all academics within the School of Environmental Sciences as they can study all aspects of the subject including; Earth Surface Processes; Ecology and Environment; Oceans; Society, Sustainability and the Environment and Digital Environment. Students have access to and use of the award winning Central Teaching Laboratories and will be taught by world leading researchers with expertise in environmental change, ecology, earth sciences and oceanography.
Facts and figures
100% employment six months after the course (Unistats 2018)
95% of students graduate with a first class or 2:1 degree (2016)
Accredited course by Institution of Environmental Sciences
Why this subject?
Benefit from a wide range of study opportunities
Our Environmental Science degree provides an exceptional range of study opportunities delivered by world leading researchers from across the School of Environmental Sciences. You can choose from an extensive range of modules delivered by experts in their field using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.
Our degree gives students the option of ‘module pathways’ themed around:
- Earth and surface processes
- Society, sustainability and the environment
- Digital environments (focusing on coding/ geospatial data analysis).
These pathways ensure that our students graduate with the specialist skills and knowledge needed for their future careers, while also having the benefit of a wide-ranging education in environmental science.
Gain skills highly relevant for your future career
Our degree programme provides you with the key skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in environmental science, which are also highly transferable to other sectors. Degree accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences provides our students with free membership of a professional body, setting them on course for achieving Chartered Scientist or Chartered Environmentalist status.
Award-winning teaching facilities
You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, including practicals in our purpose built £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories. In addition to making the most of Liverpool’s coastal location, you will also have the opportunity to undertake residential fieldwork in locations such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Peak District as well as Portugal, Iceland and California.
Accredited degree programme
Environmental Science, F750, is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Accreditation by this long established, highly reputable professional body recognises the high quality of BSc Environmental Science at Liverpool.
Our plans for teaching 2021/22
Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.