BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science

  • UCAS code(s): F751 / F750
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

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.

This multidisciplinary course includes the scientific study of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating on and within the Earth. It is fully accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, meaning you will graduate with a degree recognised and valued by the industry.

You will be introduced to analytical skills, discover how to conserve global biodiversity, and investigate environmental monitoring and pollution migration.

Why choose this course?

  • Get the best of both worlds! Immerse yourself in the subject in our stunning outdoor classroom at Brackenhurst, but still be completely connected to student life and all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham has to offer.
  • Explore over 200 hectares of farm and woodland estate on our Brackenhurst campus, an ideal location to study Environmental Science.
  • Study at one of the UK's most environmentally friendly universities – NTU has achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award and invested in many environmental-impact innovations.
  • Put your learning into practice and boost your appeal to employers with a work placement.
  • Be a part of Carbon Elephant – an NTU initiative which aims to get staff and students involved in the University's plans to reduce our carbon emissions.
  • Benefit from free electronic access to the core text for each module.
  • Take advantage of subsidised field trips as part of your course fee.

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What you'll study

You will focus on aspects of particular interest to today’s work arena, such as renewable energies, environmental impact assessment, environmental hazard management and sustainability. Other topics covered include global climate change and the challenges posed by managing our natural resources.

  • Year One

    • Principles of Environmental Science

    Gain an introduction to key laboratory and field techniques associated with environmental scientific procedures and research.

    • Ecology - Terrestrial and Water

    Study the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in relation to the distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.

    • Biodiversity Conservation

    Explore the biological diversity on Earth, focusing on the abundance and distribution of species. Investigate the theories of evolution, causes of mass extinctions, and conservation of species.

    • Introduction to Global Environmental Issues

    Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment impacts human society.

    • Introduction to Geology

    Gain an understanding of geology including geological timescales, rock types, structural geology, palaeontology, mass extinction events and the use of geological maps.

    • Skills for Scientists

    Explore career development and acquire transferable skills that are essential in the environmental sector. These include scientific and report writing, referencing techniques and presentation skills.

  • Year Two

    • Experimental Design and Analysis

    Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis and data presentation.

    • Environmental Law and Policy

    Investigate the development, implementation and impact of environmental policies and laws. Explore the important theme of protecting the environment via environmental politics and policies, and the ever-increasing issue of securing sustainability.

    • Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

    Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

    • Advanced Analytical Techniques

    Gain a grounding in the principles, methods and applications of modern analytical laboratory and field techniques. This module also includes a residential overseas field trip.

    • Sustainability

    Appraise the contrasting theories, explanations of, and approaches to sustainability. Review the barriers between the theory and the practice of sustainable development.

    • Living with Climate Change

    Study the science of climate change, consider the ethical conflict, analyse political arguments, and apply reasoning to the resolution of this pressing environmental problem.

  • Year Three

    • Placement year for students on the four-year course
  • Final year

    • Dissertation

    Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within environmental science.

    • Environmental Politics, Issues and Ethics

    Explore issues in and perceptions of environment and society in order to systematically identify and evaluate the philosophies influencing environmental sciences.

    • Innovations in Energy

    Investigate how to harness and distribute safe, clean energy from sources that do not deplete with use. Consider the depletion of fossil fuels and the increasing demand for energy and evaluate the choices available for the future.

    • Natural Resource Management

    Explore the principles underlying the exploitation of natural resources, and cultivate a critical awareness of the social, economic and political importance of natural resource management. You will also evaluate the complex nature of managing natural resources.

    Example optional modules (chose one of the following):

    Applied Hydrology and Water Resources

    Applications in Remote Sensing

    Environmental Assessment and Management

    Ecosystem Services

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following.

Coursework 25%

Practical skills - 20%

Exams - 55%

Careers and employability

Nottingham Trent University is one of the top ten UK universities for graduate employability. As one of our graduates, you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including research methodology, problem-solving and attention to detail, in addition to the specific knowledge and skills relevant to an Environmental Science degree.

The skills and knowledge acquired will equip you to pursue a career within organisations concerned with sustainable energy use and generation, the protection of natural resources, and environmental conservation.

Once you have graduated from this course, potential employers include:

  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Environment Agency
  • local government
  • environmental consultancies
  • conservation agencies
  • private companies.

Possible roles you may consider include:

  • energy management adviser
  • sustainability officer
  • environmental auditor
  • water quality scientist
  • conservation adviser
  • recycling officer
  • environmental consultant.


You can choose to take an optional paid placement year in industry at the end of your second year of study. This work experience will enable you to develop your skills and put your knowledge into practice in a working environment. This experience is highly valued by future employers.

Previous students have undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Environment Agency
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Severn Trent Water
  • British Geological Survey
  • Wildlife Trusts.

Entry requirements

For 2016 entry you will need one of the following:

  • 280 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including a science subject)
  • a BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (including relevant science modules).

You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

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While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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