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University of Nottingham

Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F750
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£24k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

at least two science-based subjects at A level (can include geography and/or maths; but psychology and economics are not accepted), and additional A level or equivalent. A pass is required in science practicals where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AA-AB, in two science-based subjects (can include geography and/or maths; but psychology and economics are not accepted).

Scottish Advanced Highers

In two science-based subjects (can include geography and/or maths; but psychology and economics are not accepted). This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades ABBBB-BBBBB.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC in Applied Science accepted. Please contact the School direct to check modules covered and grades required.

International Baccalaureate

Including specified grades in two science-based subjects (can include geography and/or maths; but psychology and economics are not accepted) at Higher Level and English language.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-141 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This is an advanced research year, particularly suitable for those students wishing to pursue a career in research. Our course offers a flexible applied science degree to enable you to understand the mechanisms and processes underlying our interactions with the natural environment. The course encompasses the environmental aspects of geography, biology, chemistry, maths, physics, and geology. This diversity is reflected in a wide range of optional module choices, so you can develop a broad scientific understanding but also tailor the course to your interests as you progress. We understand that theoretical learning should be accompanied by practical application; therefore, field work is an integral part of the course, with four field courses available in Devon, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Malaysia.


In the first year you will develop your understanding of key scientific principles and how these are integrated and interrelated. The science behind climate change and influences on water chemistry are key topics in the second year. A wide range of optional modules allows you to study specific topics of interest to you. Your research project is the only core module in year three often linked to current research being carried out by our academic staff. Optional modules include field courses on Arctic Ecology in Sweden and Environmental Pollution in the Czech Republic. The fourth year is an advanced research year that enables you to develop a confident, scientific approach to answering questions through theoretical analysis, the formulation of hypotheses, practical experimentation, data analysis and communication of results.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
43% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
54% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
359 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £24k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is quite a specialist degree and although graduates are more likely to go to work in the environment and conservation than anything else, it can be dependent to an extent on securing funding and so the jobs market can be competitive. This is also one of those subjects where graduates don’t usually go to London to work, so if you want to work in the south-west — or overseas — this might be a good subject. Graduates tend to get jobs in the environment, and as lab technicians. They can also be targeted to fill our serious gaps in recruitment in surveying. Like a lot of other subjects, if you want a job in research, start planning to take a doctorate. The stats also include a small number of oceanographers and meteorologist who are often in demand.
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