Environmental Sciences BSc

Our global temperature has increased to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. What’s the impact of this and what will happen if it continues to rise? Studying Environmental Sciences at Brunel will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career that makes a difference to our planet. At Brunel you’ll develop your scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory, and through field work. You’ll attend residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Our current trips take students to Dorset and Tenerife.

Course details

You’ll use physical, chemical and biological knowledge to develop an understanding of the Earth’s environment.
  • Mode of study: 4-5 days a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9250   per year
  • Location: London campus

Brunel University London

Course overview

Your course is based on the 15 “most wanted skills” identified from a national employer’s survey by the Natural Environment Research Council. This means that in addition to studying scientific topics, you’ll learn to use computer programs such as GIS, you’ll perform data analysis and be trained in areas such as public engagement, communication, leadership and teamwork.


Entry requirements

GCE A-level BBC.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject with an A-level at grade C.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M with two A-levels at grades BB.

International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4
Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the

Access to HE Diploma in Science, Engineering or Environmental with 45 credits at Level 3.

T levels : Merit overall


Career opportunities related to the environment are increasing in the public, private and charitable sectors. After completing the course you will be equipped with the skills to pursue a career in environmental protection; environmental management and consultancy; environmental compliance and sustainability; or environmental research.

You may wish to work as an environmental practitioner, an environmental analyst, or an environmental manager. Some of our graduates choose to go on to do postgraduate research or study: there’s a vibrant research environment within Environmental Sciences at Brunel and we are a member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s London Doctoral Training Partnership.


In year 1 you’ll be bringing together different subjects to help you to understand the effect on the environment. You’ll be using theoretical, practical and field-based approaches.

In your second year, you’ll learn about humans’ impact on the environment over time. You’ll study climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, land-use change and sustainability and you’ll investigate the effect of these on human health.

During your final year, you’ll analyse and evaluate solutions to environmental problems. Your optional topics can enable you to focus on a theme of your choice and even a specific career route.

  • ES1702 – Biological Processes
  • ES1705 – The Biosphere and Ecology
  • ES1703 – Earth System Science
  • ES1704 – Environmental Chemistry
  • ES1700 – Leadership for Sustainability I
  • ES1707 – Natural Environments Case Studies
  • ES1708 – Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork I


  • ES2701 – Anthropocene Case Studies
  • ES2703 – Climate Change
  • ES2706 – Ecosystem Stressors
  • ES2705 – Environmental Pollution
  • ES2700 – Leadership for Sustainability II
  • ES2702 – Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork II
  • ES2704 – The Sustainability Challenge


  • ES2601 – Environmental Health
  • ES2607 – Introduction to Construction Materials and Sustainable Construction


  • ES3702 – Environmental Governance
  • ES3703 – Planetary Health Case Studies
  • ES3701 – Sustainable Development
  • ES3600 – Individual Project


  • ES3617 – Ecological Public Health
  • ES3616 – Nature-based Climate Solutions
  • ES3601 – Pollution Solutions
  • ES3613 – Sustainable Construction
  • ES3614 – Sustainable Infrastructure Development