What is special about this course?
If you are passionate about understanding the processes that shape our natural environment and keen to develop the scientific and analytical skills you need to work in this field, the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree is exactly what you are looking for.
You won’t find a better classroom in which to study than in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We have what is undeniably one of the world’s best ‘living laboratories’ in the spectacular natural habitats of the Scottish Highlands.
Here you will develop core scientific and analytical skills through course work in college laboratories and access to specialist analytical equipment across the university network. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a residential field module each year at locations throughout the region, which will help develop your field skills while working in some of the most outstanding habitats.
- Study in one of the world’s best ‘living laboratories’
- Undertake a residential field module each year at locations throughout the region
- You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can also study individual modules for personal or professional development
- Practical lab work is a key part of the course
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above (these must include science at grade C or above) OR
- 2 A levels at grade C or above (these must include science at grade C or above)
- PLUS National 5, Standard Grade Credit or Intermediate 2, Chemistry at grade C or above, or equivalent
- Alternatively, Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills) PLUS an additional Scottish Higher at Grade C or above and National 5 in Chemistry at Grade C (or equivalent) or above
- We also accept candidates without the standard entry requirements, but with considerable professional experience in science-based employment
- HNC Applied Sciences
- HNC Countryside and Environmental Management
- HND Countryside Management
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6:
- Access to: Biological Science (West Lothian College)
- Access to: Health and Life Sciences (Fife College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)
Year 1 - CertHE
- Principles of biology
- Chemistry 1
- Science lab skills
- Ecological principles: biodiversity and ID skills (including a 1-day residential)
- Collecting and analysing data
- Plus 1 option in semester 2
Year 2 - DipHE
- Freshwater environments
- Environmental conservation
- Marine environments
- Introduction to geographic information systems
- Ecological and statistical methods (including a 5-day residential)
- Plus 1 option in semester 1
Year 3 - BSc
- Environmental analysis (including a 5-day residential)
- Management of the marine resource
- Research skills project
- Strategic environmental monitoring
- Microbial ecology
- Plus 1 option in semester 1
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)
- Engaging with external agencies (including a work placement)
- Science and society
- Plus 1 option in both semester 1 and semester 2
You must also complete a dissertation
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of practical laboratory work, field trips, face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
- Part-time (unstructured): variable @ 10 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year||£12,200||£12,800|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,100||£6,420|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,034||£2,140|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Environmental Science course, you might like to consider a career with:
- Scottish Natural Heritage (area officer, research projects, interpretation)
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (ecologists, soil or microbial scientists, hydrologists, marine scientists)
- Local authorities (biodiversity workers, environmental project work including flood alleviation, coastal zone protection, wildlife protection)
- Forestry Commission (biodiversity, native woodlands, species, GIS)
- Ecological consultancy work
- National (e.g. RSPB) or local (e.g. Scottish Wildlife Trust) NGOs and charities
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree to the following postgraduate courses:
Is there more information available online?
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