Study Environmental Science in context
BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science


This degree provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a range of scientific areas associated with Environmental Sciences. The continued pressure on energy resources and natural habitats from climate and land-use change has increased demand for graduates with environmental management skills.

UCAS code: F750 BSc/ES(FT) F751 (Sandwich)
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: October
Course length: Three years full-time or four years with placement
Study location: Brackenhurst campus

Fees and funding:

Please see our applying and fees section.

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This new multidisciplinary course includes the scientific study of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating on and within the Earth. You will look at issues including:

  • energy
  • waste management
  • conservation
  • natural processes
  • sustainability.

The course will help you to:

  • Develop your analytical skills.
  • Find out how to conserve global biodiversity.
  • Investigate environmental monitoring and pollution mitigation.

Topics covered include global climate change and the challenges posed by managing our natural resources. These are both major concerns for the 21st Century. 

Why choose this course?

  • Brackenhurst campus is an the ideal location for you to study Environmental Science. With over 200 hectares of farm and woodland estate, it is a leading centre for:
    • conservation
    • GIS studies
    • environmental research
    • sustainability.
  • Our outdoor classroom will enable you to test your knowledge in practice.
  • We are one of UK's most environmentally friendly universities and have achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award. We have invested in environmental-impact innovations such as:
    • A renewable energy biomass boiler, a CHP (combined heat and power plant) on Brackenhurst campus. This 600 kW unit lowers the University’s CO2 output by around 420 tonnes a year.
    • Extensive solar panels / photovoltaics on the roofs of our campus buildings
    • Planning and application for a wind turbine on site 
    • Estates use of a fleet of electric mini vans for on-campus transportation
    • Brackenhurst weather station and GIS monitoring of species movement, pollution, and water flow on campus.
  • We work closely with the University's Environment team to monitor our energy usage. This is because we care about the environment as much as you do.
  • Carbon Elephant is an NTU initiative which aims to get staff and students involved in the University's plans to reduce our carbon emissions. The University has committed to reducing our carbon footprint 48% by 2020/21.
  • You will have great opportunities. Our student opt to go on overseas field trips and work with companies such as Environment Agency and British Geological Survey (BGS).
  • Your studies will benefit from our brand new £2.5 million campus eco-library that opened in 2013. The library uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
  • We ensure that our new developments come under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. This method sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It has become one a globally recognised measure of a building's environmental performance.

The world needs skilled graduates to tackle the problems of:

  • climate change
  • hunger
  • clean energy
  • endangered species
  • waste management. 

Extra opportunities

  • You can spend half a year on international exchange with a partner university in Australia, Canada or Hungary during your second year of study
  • NTU has a number of biodiversity conservation projects to get involved in from bee hives to bird-ringing, including and a family of peregrine falcons who nest on the top of our Newton and Arkwright building in the city centre.

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