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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Environmental Science

Undergraduate                  BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

Much of your study will be field and research based. You will also have regular lectures, tutorials and seminars. A range of online resources are available to support and supplement your studies.

The first two years of study will include modules that develop core knowledge on understanding environmental processes, systems and human impacts on the environment.  Modules focussed on key scientific skills such as experimental design, data management and analysis will also be core across the first two years. There will be a range of optional modules available so you can choose to specialise in more chemical and physical aspects of the environment, or modules with more of an ecological focus.

Your final year will largely be devoted to a research project in a subject area of your choice and specialist modules for learning the environmental skills required in the sector. There’s also a core Environmental Impact Assessment module and an optional Field Studies module, in which you can apply your skills in a choice of possible settings and destinations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Diversity of Life

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Interpreting Environments

  • Practical Ecology

Optional modules

  • Global Challenges: Hazardous Worlds

  • Science Communication

  • Dive Training

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Environmental Resource Management

  • Frontiers in Environmental Science

  • Ecological Monitoring

  • Living in the Anthropocene

Optional modules

  • Catchment to Coast

  • Freshwater Biology

  • GIS

  • Environmental Change

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Environmental Pollution

  • Environmental Science Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Rivers and their Management

  • Adapting to Climate Change

  • Field Studies

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

  • Teaching Your Subject

  • Conservation in a Changing World

  • Environment and Society

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More about this course

We live in a rapidly changing world where the need for scientists who understand the forces shaping our planet have never been greater. In the next 20 years, the world’s population is predicted to rise to nine billion. Climate change is already affecting millions of people’s lives.

This programme will help you develop a deep understanding of the integrated and complex nature of environmental systems and our impact on the planet. It will give you a broad range of practical, field and analytical skills to solve environmental problems. Throughout your degree, there will be opportunities for residential field courses in the UK and abroad, as well as day-to-day fieldwork. 


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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

The practical and multidisciplinary skills you learn are much sought after in governmental and non-governmental organisations. The field and laboratory skills are ideal preparation for a scientific officer career with organisations such as the Environment Agency or in local councils.  A large number of Hull Environmental Science graduates have pursued careers in environmental consultancy where the core skills in environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment are particularly relevant.

Students who are more conservation and education focused might pursue a career with a wildlife trust or conservation organisation. Some of our research-focused students continue their studies by taking a taught Masters degree or by progressing onto research degrees. There are opportunities for further study within the University of Hull.