Other Courses: BSc Environmental Science
MEnvSci Environmental Science 4 years (F902)
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).
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:
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.
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.
At level 3, students have the option to visit California and New Zealand.
All compulsory fieldwork and core field classes incur no extra cost for 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.