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The University of Edinburgh

Ecological and Environmental Sciences

UCAS Code: CF17

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics*, or Physics* (*include at least one) at B. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

34 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) or Physics at 5. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 5 (if not at HL). If you do not have Mathematics please contact the College of Science and Engineering Admissions Office.

Scottish Higher

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

AABB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics*, or Physics* (*include at least one) at B. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.

UCAS Tariff

114-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Ecology

Ecological and Environmental Sciences is aimed at those who are passionate about interactions between humans and the natural world, and our impact on the planet.

The world's growing population means we now face problems of rapid climate change, the over-exploitation of our natural resources, and the degradation of natural habitats. Ecological and Environmental Sciences will help you understand these issues, uniquely positioning you to address some of the biggest environmental challenges that face our planet.

- Ecology is the scientific study of the interaction of organisms with each other and their physical, chemical and biological environment.

- Environmental sciences integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences to understand our changing environment.

A combination of both ecological science and environmental science is vital for understanding and tackling these environmental challenges.

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

- understand environmental issues

- design robust strategies for sample collection

- make ecological and environmental measurements

- evaluate the significance of results

- manage conservation and environmental protection projects

You will also have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty. Your most important laboratory is the outside world and we place a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences. You could be splashing through rivers counting insects one day, or trekking through the forest measuring trees and taking leaf samples the next.

These trips will take you beyond the classroom, where you can gain valuable hands-on experience by applying what you have learned to real-life situations.

This degree is flexible, so you will have opportunities to build your degree around areas that you are most curious or passionate about. You will have a wide choice of optional courses, so you can focus on areas in which you are especially interested, following either an ‘ecology and conservation’ or ‘environmental sciences’ route.

If you choose to study Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the top ranked universities in the world. Our research and industry networks give you access to a world-class experience with real-world relevance. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of environmental knowledge and learn from ecological and environmental scientists who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.

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
£28,950
per year
International
£28,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of GeoSciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
low
Ecology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ecology and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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