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The University of Edinburgh

Environmental Geoscience

UCAS Code: F630

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 at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7. If you achieved a B or 6 in Mathematics, please contact the College of Science and Engineering Admissions Office.

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: English at C and Mathematics at A. If you achieved a B in Mathematics, please contact the College of Science and Engineering Admissions Office.

UCAS Tariff

114-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Environmental geography

Environmental geoscience

Are you fascinated and curious about the world around you? Do you want to learn more about the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the soil beneath your feet? The Environmental Geoscience programme may be for you.

Our planet is facing numerous challenges, such as global climate change, pollution, and environmental degradation. Each of those challenges is related to processes that link changes in the atmosphere, the ocean, and the solid earth, which are components that control environmental conditions on Earth.

Environmental geoscience is the in-depth study of these different components and the processes that maintain and modify them. Not only does it cover the natural processes that have controlled Earth's history, but crucially, how modern human activities are affecting our planet today.

Through this programme, you will develop a scientific understanding of environmental processes controlling the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

You will use this knowledge to study how the environment and climate have changed over time and how human activity may change the planet in the future.

This skill set will equip you to address critical questions about the processes controlling environmental conditions on Earth:

- What were the drivers of environmental change in the Earth's past? How will these processes change in the future?

- What is the interaction between humans and the environment and our impact on the world?

- What are the effects of pollution and environmental change on the sustainability of marine ecosystems?

- How can we safely and sustainably manage the use of energy and materials resources to ensure the continued functioning of modern society?

The Environmental Geosciences programme will enable you to develop a scientific understanding of environmental processes. You will cover core topics in modern environmental sciences in a variety of settings, including practical laboratory and fieldwork.

You will have plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience. 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 assessing the water quality in a river in the highlands on one day and swimming in coral reefs collecting water samples on another. These field trips give you valuable hands-on experience, where you can apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-life situations. Edinburgh is an ideal location for this rapidly evolving subject, with many sites of environmental interest right on your doorstep.

If you choose to study Environmental Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK, and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of this knowledge. You will learn from earth scientists who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.

We hope that by studying this degree, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

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.

79%
med
Environmental geography
73%
low
Environmental geoscience

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.

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

86%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
7%
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.

Physical geographical sciences

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

Earth sciences

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
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Conservation and environment professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Physical sciences

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

£22k

£22k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

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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