We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies. You can understand more and change your cookies preferences here.

Sheffield Hallam University

Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F750

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may consider advanced entry HND/HNC students for direct entry to year two.

UCAS Tariff


This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: •BBC at A Level. •DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

Applicants receiving offers

About this course

This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019


Environmental sciences

Study environmental science on a course that prepares you as a professional environmental manager, consultant or scientist. Understand the natural world, our impact on it and how we can manage it in a sustainable way.

The interdisciplinary nature of this subject encourages an understanding of principles from the natural and the social sciences. You also develop professional, transferable skills in areas including team work, report writing, presentations and IT.

This course gives you an awareness of

• the interactions between the natural systems of the planet
• past, present and future human influences on the environment
• monitoring and management of human-induced environmental changes, hazards and disasters
• sustainable management of natural resources, waste and energy production.

**Real-world learning in the UK and overseas**

You take part in student-centred teaching and learning methods including • lectures • seminars • tutorials • projects • laboratory classes • field trips in the UK and abroad.

Field visits and project work are regularly carried out at sites in and around Sheffield, the Peak District National Park and across the UK. There are opportunities to participate in international field visits. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.


Our enthusiastic staff have all worked or carried out research in the field of environmental science. Many retain strong links with industry and staff sit on the committees of local, national and international organisations or are involved with

• environmental science and management consultancies
• Environmental Advisory Committee to EU and national governments
• Natural England
• Peak District National Park Authority (Government appointment)
• Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
• Association of National Parks
• Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
• The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
• The Landscape Institute

This means you draw on a wealth of practical experience and your course materials are kept up to date with the latest developments in the field.

**Work placements**

You put what you have been taught into practice in the workplace with a one-year work placement. Thanks to our excellent links with industry, we can help you find placements with major companies in the UK and overseas.

**Study abroad**

International experience can offer you exciting additional career routes, and on this course you can study abroad at one of our partner universities for a year or for half of your work placement year. We have international study exchange agreements in countries including • Austria • Australia • Canada • Czech Republic • France • Germany • Spain.

To support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language in one, two or three years of study.


**Year one core modules**- • introduction to environmental science • life on earth (ecology and biodiversity) • introduction to physical geography • introduction to fieldwork (residential field course in UK) • environmental protection • development and sustainability.
**Year one options** A foreign language may be taken instead of the development and sustainability module.

**Year two core modules** • research methods • geographical information systems • international fieldwork.
**Year two options** choose three from • conservation ecology • energy, waste and resources • environmental education and communication • fluvial geomorphology and hydrology • glacier and glaciation • sustainable settlements • foreign language

**Year three**- • optional work placement, year of study abroad or a mix of both.

**Final year core modules**- • dissertation
**Final year options** choose four from • advanced field research • advanced geographical information systems • atmospheric and water quality • conservation and habitat management • contaminated land and remediation • environmental impact assessment and management systems • natural hazards • people and the natural environment • quaternary environmental change • foreign language

Assessment methods

• Written assignments
• Presentation
• Examinations
• Project work
• Dissertation

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

per year
per year
per year
Northern Ireland
per year
per year
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni

Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University


Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

TEF rating:

Calculate your living costs

See how much you'll need to live on at your chosen university, with our student budget calculator.

See your living costs

Study in Sheffield

Explore the local area, what there is to do for fun, living costs and other university options here.

Explore Sheffield
Read full university profile

What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

Environmental sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental sciences

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Customer service occupations
Other elementary services occupations
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Environmental sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Share this page

Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here