Other Courses: BSc Environmental Science

MEnvSci Environmental Science 4 years (F902)


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The first three years follow the BSc course structure. The fourth year provides more advanced research training of which a major part is an independent and original research project.

The emphasis on advanced research skills means our MEnvSci graduates have a significant competitive advantage when seeking employment or further study involving research.

Applications to our four-year Masters course are considered for both courses. In addition, applicants holding an offer of a place on our four-year course are guaranteed an alternative place on our three-year course should they need it, provided that the appropriate course requirements are met.

Accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

I feel I have gained far more knowledge than studying Biology or Geography alone

Vicky, MENVSCI Environmental Science

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Course structure

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This course allows you to generalise across the environmental sciences or specialise down a specific pathway. Underpinning all our courses is an emphasis on research-based skills and practical knowledge of the subject area.

Your first year will consist of a broad introduction to the key themes of environmental science, allowing you to develop the base of knowledge and skills you will need to progress further into the course.

Your second and forth years will allow you to take a generalised approach, blending different areas of environmental science as you see fit, or you can choose to specialise down one of four branches:

Global Environmental Change

This route focuses on contemporary changes in physical and ecological systems, and the large-scale physical and environmental processes that drive them, covering topics such as global warming. There is also the option to address the policy implications that global changes pose, adding a further analytical edge to the course.

Environmental Biosciences

This focuses on the relationships between organisms and their environment, including how organisms function in major ecosystems and drive environmental change. Topics covered include the effects of pollution, disturbance, and management on organisms, and there is the opportunity to study the conservation of organisms and biodiversity, which are key environmental concerns.

Environmental Geosciences

The impact of physical processes upon ecosystems, habitats and organisms forms the basis of this pathway. Strong emphasis is given to the geological and geomorphological processes that operate to shape the physical and biological environment, using state of the art techniques and analysis software. Topics covered include Earth and ecosystem dynamics, glacial processes, and natural hazards.

Environmental Quality and Technology

This new specialism explores applied aspects of Environmental Science to ensure you gain awareness of the tools and technologies available for the responsible monitoring, protection and exploitations of the environment.

Year 4

Independent Research Project

A major part of the Masters year is an independent, in-depth project carried out in an area of your choice. This can be research based, providing excellent training for those interested in pursuing further academic research such as a PhD. Alternatively the project can be focused on developing professional skills, such as project design and execution, and consultancy report writing - skills that are required for a career in environmental consultancy and industry.

Whether you choose to pursue further academic research, work in industry, or choose a career in environmental consultancy, all of the modules on the Masters programme are designed to provide you with the advanced research and professional skills you will to succeed in your chosen career.


ES Fieldclasses

Environmental Science students take part in core field classes at levels 1 and 2 which are taught jointly by Geography and Animal & Plant Science staff. These field classes run for 7 or 8 days and teach essential field skills and research design. 

Image of NZAt level 3, students have the option to visit California and New Zealand. Drylands

All compulsory fieldwork and core field classes incur no extra cost for students.

I much prefer working outdoors and I have gained invaluable experience on the field trips.

Chi, BSc Environmental Science

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Environmental Science students


Our Environmental Science degrees provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of graduate employment sectors as well as further study. We have a range of research and industry partners and this ensures that students engage with the applications of environmental science beyond university.

Graduates have been highly successful in securing employment across the environmental sector. The environmental science skills and in-depth knowledge gained from the courses are attractive to employers. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancies, local government agencies, sustainable energy companies, and conservation bodies such as wildlife trusts and Natural England.

Other graduates have used the transferable skills gained from the course to gain employment opportunities outside of the environmental sciences. A degree in Environmental Science tells employers that you can analyse situations, develop solutions, handle data, communicate complex issues, deploy scientific techniques and manage projects from start to finish. Recent graduates have used these assets to secure employment in teaching, law, patenting, finance and banking.

Studying Environmental Science at Sheffield gave me a great base on which to begin my career.

Joshua, BSC Environmental Science, Environment officer

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Entry requirements
Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including Geography or another relevant Science subject
International Baccalaureate 35, 6 in Higher Level including Geography or another relevant Science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications

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