This course is the same as the 3-year BSc Environmental Science degree (F900), but with a fourth year to achieve the MSci qualification.
The environment is one of the most important and exciting areas for scientific enquiry today. To understand the interplay between man and his environment, identify and solve problems arising from damage to ecosystems and deliver a sustainable future, we need scientists with skills that bridge the traditional scientific disciplines.
Our courses offer a flexible applied science degree to enable you to understand the mechanisms and processes underlying our
interactions with the natural environment. By studying a wide range of subjects encompassing the environmental aspects of geography, biology, chemistry, physics, maths and geology, you will develop your scientific understanding of the ways in which living organisms interact with their environment, and how air, soil and water pollution
can be monitored, modelled and remediated.
The MSci course offers an additional year covering a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced research methods, and is particularly designed for those students wishing to pursue a research career. Particular strengths at Nottingham include soil science, environmental modelling, remediation of contaminated land, ecology and geochemistry.
Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and you can attend field courses at places including Derbyshire, Devon, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Malaysia.
Some modules on this degree are taught at Sutton Bonington Campus.
In year one you will develop your understanding of key scientific principles within traditional scientific disciplines and how these are integrated and interrelated.
The science behind climate change and influences on water chemistry are key topics in year two. A wide range of optional modules allows you to study specific topics of interest to you.
Your research project is the only core module in year three. Working closely with a member of academic staff you will design and deliver your
project, which can be lab, field or literature based.
Recent students have given talks on their project work at undergraduate research conferences and as poster presentations to MPs in the Houses of Parliament. Recent projects include studies on:
• Carbon capture and storage
• Sustainable management of high-level nuclear waste
• Climate change in the Arctic
You can also select from a wide range of optional modules.
This is an advanced research year that enables you to understand and gain a detailed and advanced knowledge of environmental science,
developing a confident, scientific approach to answering questions through theoretical analysis, the formulation of hypotheses, practical
experimentation, data analysis and communication of results.
You'll undertake a substantial research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
Industry Placement year
This optional year in industry as a paid employee takes place between years two and three of your degree. It gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a real-world environment, (an Environmental Consultancy or Local Authority for example) which will significantly improve your employment prospects. Read more
Year in Computer Science
You can combine this degree with a fourth extra year (year three) spent in the University's School of Computer Science. This additional year will provide you with training in software development and computing skills relevant to your final year research project and to your future career.
You will be able to transfer into this programme from your BSc course (subject to progression criteria).
Study Abroad options
• Malaysia option: students on this degree can apply to spend a semester or year studying abroad at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, located close to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. All teaching at our Malaysia Campus is in English and the modules and exams are very similar to those in Nottingham.
• Combining Environmental Science with a Certificate in European Studies offers the opportunity to study abroad at one of our Erasmus+ partner universities in France, Germany or Spain for an extra year. You can transfer to this four year route in your first semester of study, subject to language competency.
• Students can also apply to the University-wide exchange programme and spend a semester studying abroad at one of our world-leading partner universities in a variety of overseas locations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and China.