BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Benefit from an Environmental Science Careers Fair to build your all-important employer networks and share career success stories from our graduates.

Our tutorial programme provides invaluable transferable skills, small group and one-to-one support. Our externally recognised Peer Assisted Learning (PALS) scheme helps increase your confidence with support from student mentors.

Course details

Benefit from enthusiastic, supportive staff and teaching informed by our renowned research.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

Environmental scientists are critical to addressing global environmental challenges. Your degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify and develop solutions to a wide range of environmental challenges on land and in our oceans, including climate change, biodiversity loss, conservation and sustainability. Applying the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field, you will graduate ready to shape the future of fields from ecosystem management to environmental monitoring.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 – 112

A level:104–112 points, to include a minimum of 2 A levels and preferably from one of the following subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Geography, Geology, Applied Science, Use of Maths, Applied Science, Biology or Human Biology, Statistics, Science in the Environment, Design Technology. General Studies not accepted.
IB:26–27 points overall from an International Baccalaureate to include science/technology-related subjects. English and mathematics must be included.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM preferably from a science/technology related subject (applied science, animal management, countryside management, forensic science).

GCSE: mathematics grade C required. English language grade C or above.


As well as working in environmental or geotechnical roles your in-depth knowledge of environmental sciences and lab and field work equips you for a career in a whole range environmental sectors including research, consultancy, education, policy, planning, compliance and enforcement. There are also opportunities available in the utilities sector with water companies and waste management companies. Many graduates join the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment that helps with gaining experience, networking, training, accreditation and recognition of excellent practice.

Employers of environmental science graduates include:

  • Local authorities
  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Environmental monitoring organisations
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Charitable trusts, such as Natural England and English Heritage


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • The Physical Environment (ENVS1002)
  • The Biosphere (ENVS1003)
  • Environmental Pollution (ENVS1007)
  • Environmental Management and Protection (ENVS1008)
  • Sustainability Science (ENVS1009)
  • Global Environmental Challenges (ENVS1010)

Core modules

  • Environmental Field and Research Skills (ENVS2001)
  • Environmental Expedition (ENVS2002)
  • Environmental Management and Sustainability (ENVS2003)
  • Environmental Issues and Communication (ENVS2004)
  • Placement Preparation (GEES2000)

Optional modules

  • Weather and Climate (ENVS2005)
  • Natural Ecosystems and Their Conservation (ENVS2006)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GGX2203A)
  • Managing Human Impacts in the Marine Environment (OS205)
  • Scientific Diving (OS207)
  • Pollution: Measurement and Mitigation (ENVS2008)

Core modules

  • The Environmental Professional (ENVS3012)
  • Global Environmental Solutions (ENVS3013)

Optional modules

  • Research Project (ENVS3001)
  • Research Project with English Language Support (ENVS3003)
  • Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation (ENVS3011)
  • Big Data & Spatial Analytics (GGX3204)
  • Marine Conservation Policy and Planning (OS307)
  • Marine Pollution and Environmental Change (OS309)
  • Biological Conservation (ENVS3015)