BSc Environmental Science

This degree provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Earth, its living systems, and the complexity of environmental-societal interactions. Environmental scientists will develop a robust understanding of the science underpinning the environmental and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century, such as climate change, pollution, conservation and natural resource management.

You will gain key skills for monitoring environmental processes and for managing the critical environmental challenges faced by society.

Course details

As an Environmental Scientist, you will investigate the most pressing global and environmental challenges of our time. You will study a diverse range of topics, delivered by staff from Geography, Geoscience and Biological Sciences. Key topics include climate change, conservation, ecology, sustainable development and natural resources.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Drawing on material from Physical and Human Geography, Geosciences and Biological Sciences, students construct a degree with their own specialisms and foci, within an overall Environmental Science umbrella. This knowledge is supported by the development of core competencies in a range of laboratory, field and IT methods. Throughout, this course contains options for UK and international residential fieldwork. This new degree is designed to provide students with the critical skills to tackle the full scope the environmental challenges we face and contains extensive optionality.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. Geography not essential.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language and Maths.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction.

BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

T Levels: Distinction in either Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction or Science (with an Occupational Specialism in Laboratory technician).


Our degrees are designed to broaden your horizon and to help you acquire the skills sought by employers. Leicester geographers are highly competitive in the job market because of our research-based approach to teaching and learning, which fosters your analytical capabilities, creativity and confidence.

We have dedicated careers support in the School to help you realise your career goals. During term time you will also receive information about careers fairs, job opportunities and career development courses, and other practical information to help you on your way.

A second year module ‘Geography in Education’ provides placements in local secondary schools. Working closely with teachers you can develop skills and experience beneficial to a career in teaching.

We also organise dedicated Geography Careers Events. Recent speakers represented the Civil Service, Selfridges & Co, Hatch Regeneris, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

Core modules

  • Evolution of the Earth System
  • The Digital World
  • The Contemporary Earth System
  • Field and Laboratory Techniques for Physical Geographers
  • Working with Geographic Information

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Micro to Macro: From Rock Properties to Plate Tectonics
  • Palaeobiology and the Stratigraphic Record
  • Human Geography for a Globalized World
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • Spanish Language (Beginners) 1 and 2 (double module)
  • French Language (Beginners) 1 and 2 (double module)

Choose one option module from:

  • Environment/Nature/Society
  • Natural Resources and Energy for the 21st Century
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Core modules

  • Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
  • Geographical Research Design (Overseas Field Course) (Almeria)

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Catchment Systems
  • The Dynamic Biosphere
  • Critical Geographies of Environment and Development
  • Geographical Data Analysis
  • Major Events in the History of Life
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation

Choose two option modules from:

  • Geography in Education
  • An Introduction to Past Global Climate Changes
  • Geographical Information Science
  • A Field Guide to Evolution

Choose two option modules from:

  • Californian Drylands
  • Neotropical Rainforests
  • Critical Digital Geographies
  • Understanding Ecosystems and Environments of the Distant Past
  • Water Quality Processes and Management
  • Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Sustainability Enterprise Project

Then choose four option modules from:

  • Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • The Biosphere in the Earth System
  • Stable Isotopes in the Environment
  • African Drylands
  • River Dynamics
  • Ecology, Climate and Land-use processes of the Amazon Tropical Forests
  • Information Visualisation
  • Research Communication
  • Behavioural Ecology