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Environmental Science at Sheffield - IES accredited

Our environment is changing faster than ever known to humanity. Environmental Science deals with many global, regional and local challenges facing the world today such as the quality of the air we breathe, quality of water and food we consume, sustainable use of Earth’s resources, food and fuel security, melting ice caps, and beyond these. It helps to comprehend the underpinning science of processes and drivers of current and emerging environmental problems.

Ultimately, Environmental Science aims to improve our life on this planet in harmony, within the context of a changing climate and fast-depleting natural resources, and therefore it addresses several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Studying Environmental Science can lead to careers which shape the very future of our planet. Graduates have opportunities in local or international settings including public, private and voluntary sectors, undertaking employment that includes working as conservationists, rangers, sustainability scientists, air/water/soil/food quality control officers, quarantine officers, environmental engineers/scientists/technicians or environmental consultants.

Our courses

Environmental Science BSc

The BSc provides a solid foundation in environmental science and is suitable both for students with broad interests and those who prefer to specialise, focussing on both practical knowledge and research-based skills.

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Environmental Science MEnvSci

Following on from the same three course structure as the BSc, the MEnvSci adds a fourth year, focussing on more advanced research training.

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About our departments

  • The Department of Geography is a world leader in teaching and research. We have been ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world for Geography according to the QS Rankings 2019.
  • The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is one of the leading research departments for whole-organism biology in the UK, ranked within the UK top 5 departments for research excellence (REF 2014).

logo of iesProfessionally accredited

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES). The IES is the leading professional body for Environmental Science professionals. Accreditation confirms that our courses are of high quality and provide excellent standards of professional development. Students on our courses are eligible to become student members of the IES – the first step toward achieving Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status.


Joint courses

MEng Urban Engineering and Development

MEng Urban Engineering & Development combines fundamental civil and structural engineering modules with modules taught by the Department of Geography.

This course will produce a unique type of graduate; engineers who can deal with modern challenges, which are more complex than traditional engineering challenges. Students will graduate with an exclusive understanding of how to address challenges such as social issues, poverty, housing, food resources, waste, sustainability, and sustainable development of infrastructure.

For full details about this course please visit the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering website.