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Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science/Studies, 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 us before applying.

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. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.

UCAS Tariff

114-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Ecology

Are you passionate about interactions between humans and the natural world, and our impact on the planet?

The BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences may be for you.

This programme will uniquely position you to address some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet, such as:

* rapid climate change

* the over-exploitation of natural resources

* environmental degradation

**What is ecological and environmental science?**

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

* Environmental sciences integrate biological, chemical and physical sciences to understand our changing environment.

A combination of both subjects is vital for understanding and managing changing environments for a more sustainable future.

**What will I learn?**

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, and manage conservation and environmental protection assessments

This degree is flexible. You will have a wide range of option courses, allowing you to build your study around areas that you are most curious or passionate about. This means you can focus on areas in which you are especially interested, following either an 'ecology and conservation' or 'environmental sciences' route.

**Why study in Edinburgh?**

By studying ecological and environmental sciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will:

* join one of the top-ranked universities in the world

* enjoy access to a world class experience with our research and industry networks

* learn from ecological and environmental scientists at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas

We will incorporate the latest research in the teaching you receive, and share our discoveries with you.

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
£30,400
per year
International
£30,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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.

88%
high
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

78%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
5%
First year 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.

£19k

£19k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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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Lower entry requirements
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Nearby University
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Same University
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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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