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University of Reading

Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F754

Master of Environmental Science - MEnvSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Geography/Environmental Studies/Geology required at grade 5 at Higher Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

including relevant science modules

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


One of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Environmental Science or Geology required at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

128-153

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Environmental sciences

Study the physics, chemistry and biology of the Earth’s systems, in this masters-level degree with a strong practical element. There is an emphasis on soil and water quality, pollution and management, but you can also pursue your own interests through a range of optional modules.

Our staff are actively engaged in research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. You will also benefit from small class sizes, enabling staff to support you better through your studies. Our courses bring together expertise from a number of departments, and you will be able to tap into their specialist knowledge.

Participate in regular local trips and longer residential visits, with Fieldwork a major part of this degree. Reading’s award-winning campus is home to over a thousand different animal species and is extremely useful for learning fieldwork skills. It offers multiple habitats for study, including lakes, hay meadows and woodlands, and allows you to step straight from the classroom to the field. The University's large farms provide access to hedgerow, marshland and the Thames.

Visit Somerset to study topics such as flooding, geology and soil formation in your first year. You will have the option to visit Almeria in Spain, which is the driest area in mainland Europe. Here you will visit a solar research station and examples of greenhouse horticulture, and investigate issues such as pollution and water supply. An optional Mediterranean bio-geography field trip is also available.

You can opt to work as an environmental consultant for a real client. You will be assigned a stretch of the River Loddon, and will carry out assessments, liaise with key stakeholders, and report your findings to the Environment Agency.

The course is structured to enable you to pursue your own interests and even allows you to study modules from other subjects, such as biological sciences or meteorology. In the third and final years, you will study masters-level modules on topics such as contaminated land management, quantitative data analysis and soil microbiology.

Complete an independent project on a topic of your choice in your final year. You may have the chance to run it in conjunction with an outside society and gain experience of completing research for a major organisation. Previous students have worked alongside Natural England and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. You may get the opportunity to spend a term studying abroad in areas such as Svalbard and Rhode Island.

Choose to carry out a short placement, which will involve working on a small project for a local company or organisations. This will provide you with valuable experience of professional work, as well as enabling you to develop your research, survey, data analysis and presentation skills. Our department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can advise and support you.

Take the opportunity to spend a term studying abroad at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ scheme, in your final year. You could experience life in the Arctic with the University Centre in Svalbard and spend time on research ships, gathering marine cores, or study marine biology on Rhode Island.

**Careers**

Your practical and scientific knowledge combined with teamwork, writing and presentation skills, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances will make you highly desirable to a range of employers.

As a graduate you will be well placed to move into a variety of technical and scientific roles within areas such as pollution, land remediation, environmental protection, renewable energy and geological consultancy. Recent students have gone on to work for a range of major organisations including the Environment Agency, Sustrans, Thames Water, the Atomic Weapons Establishment and TV Energy.

Or, choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

• Chemistry of the Earth and environment
• Soil ecology and functions
• Carbon and global change
• Environmental management in practice
• Pollutant behaviour in the environment

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Environmental sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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