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Environmental Geoscience

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 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 us before applying.

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: English at C and Mathematics at A. If you achieved a B in Mathematics, please contact us before applying.

UCAS Tariff

114-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

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 BSc Environmental Geoscience may be for you.

Our planet is facing numerous challenges, such as:

* global climate change

* pollution

* environmental degradation

Each of those challenges is related to processes that control environmental conditions on Earth, including changes in the:

* atmosphere

* ocean

* solid Earth

Environmental Geoscience studies these different components and the processes that maintain and modify them.

The programme covers the natural processes that have controlled Earth's history and - critically - how modern human activities are affecting our planet today.

**What will I learn?**

You will develop a scientific understanding of environmental processes controlling the:

* hydrosphere

* atmosphere

* biosphere

* geosphere

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 skillset 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?

**Why study in Edinburgh?**

By studying the BSc Environmental Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh, you will:

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

* become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK

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

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

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
£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.

76%
low
Environmental geography
84%
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

88%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

92%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

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

£20k

£20k

£28k

£28k

£29k

£29k

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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