What students say about environmental science
I study environmental geoscience. My course has quite a lot of contact/teaching hours - around 18 a week. This can be quite a lot, but comparing it to my friend who only has two a week, it's better than sitting at home and being bored! The course content is very interesting and I have learnt an awful lot this year and even remember most of it. As an environmental geoscientist, I did find there was rather too much geology, but by the end of the year I realised it wasn't that bad and there's no more geology in the second year.1st year, Cardiff University
Coming from a non-scientific background holding only geography as a science-classed A-level, the environmental science course was challenging in some modules, such as chemistry and maths. However, they do not expect you to have A-level maths and cover off the basics. Extra help is offered if needed which is great. First year was designed to bring everyone to the same level through group work, such as experiments and work on the field.2nd year, University of East Anglia UEA
I usually have about 14-15 hours of teaching a week, including a two hour lecture for each of my six modules, and then weekly workshops and practicals ranging from an hour to two. The content of the course depends largely on the choice of optional modules that you select prior to the academic year, and this ultimately dictates your degree pathway. I find my course both interesting and challenging. I think it is important to do a course that you enjoy, as when you are particularly struggling with a piece of work, it is easier to motivate yourself if you have a passion for what you're doing.2nd year, University of Portsmouth
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Choose two from biology, chemistry, geography, maths and physics
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
- Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
- Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Energy Institute (EI)
- Landscape Institute (LI)
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Conservation and environment professionals
- Other elementary services occupations
- Sales assistants and retail cashiers
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Recycling officer
- Environmental analyst
- Occupational hygienist
Other real-life job examples
- Nature reserve warden
- Scientific adviser
- Statistical modeller
What employers like about this subject
A degree in environmental science will give you a range of subject-specific skills as well as knowledge of current environmental science principles and how to conduct effective fieldwork. Students develop skills in statistical analysis and modelling approaches to the study of sustainable industry. You will also gain an understanding of the way that humans and the environment act upon one another. Sought-after transferable skills developed by environmental science students include numeracy, communication, data handling, team-working and problem-solving skills. These are in demand from many employers including government departments and regulators, banks, universities, consultancies and the water industry.