Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F750
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • 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

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.

Department resources

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

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