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Environmental Science and Environmental Biology

Measuring the pH and conductivity of Highfields lake 

You might have chosen your degree because of your interest in nature and our changing ecosystems, or perhaps the desire to make a positive impact on climate change, or even a passion to develop new sustainable solutions for farming, fuel and wastewater treatment. 

Whatever your reasons were, as an environmental science or environmental biology student your degree will be enabling you to follow any number of different career paths.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject specific knowledge, your environmental science or environmental biology degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills including the ability to:

  • Design and conduct field-based experiments demonstrating good field practices through clear note taking
  • Discuss the social context and ethical considerations of environmental decision making
  • Analyse and interpret a large and varied data set resulting from field and laboratory measurements.

Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies

You will also develop 12 competencies which have been  divided into these four headings:

  • Fundamental skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal aspiration and development
  • Professional responsibility

Explore the Biosciences Core Graduate Competencies


How can I develop my skills and experience during my degree?

Consider a Year in Industry

Why not take an optional industry placement, between years two and three of your degree? This will extend your degree to a four-year programme.

Year in Industry

As part of this, it is possible to gain accreditation from the Science Council as a Registered Scientist (RSci)

Get a summer internship

Summer internships are also a great way to gain experience, whether in science or non-science based roles. Search for roles:

My Career - internships from companies targeting Nottingham students

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Sources of vacancies for internships

Try out some voluntary experience 

Volunteering can help you to build your experience, develop new skills as well as giving something back.   

Students’ Union Volunteer Centre

Environmentjob volunteering vacancies

Volunteer with the Wildlife Trusts

Explore summer research placements

If you’re interested in the scientific side of your degree, the summer research placements might be a good option for you.  You can find these through the School of Biosciences by approaching a relevant academic who is working in the area you are interested in. 

There are also sponsored opportunities and funding for summer research placements, visit:

Royal Society of Biology - undergraduate studentships

Get involved in Students' Union activities

Involvement in relevant SU activities including volunteering, sports clubs and societies will always look good on your CV.

Conservation Society

STEM Outreach - student society


Join the Nottingham Advantage Award 

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers a range of modules to help you expand, develop and evidence your skills and experience during your time at university. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia, there's something for everyone.

If you’re thinking of moving into consultancy after graduation, the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge module will help you develop and demonstrate all the right skills.

Nottingham Advantage Award - find out more and explore the modules on offer

Keep up to date with industry news 

Knowing about the latest developments is important for a couple of reasons: firstly it may spark off your interest in a particular part of the sector and secondly, employers often ask questions about the factors that may be affecting their company at an interview as a way of gauging your interest in their business.

Institution of Environmental Sciences - FREE membership for UoN students


What are the range of careers I could enter?

Environmental science and environmental biology graduate enter a wide range of areas after graduation, including conservation, consultancy, project management, energy, education, agriculture, ecology and waste management.  Find out more about the sub sectors of environmental careers.

Some of the employers who have recruited our  graduates

  • ADAS
  • AHDB
  • Environment Agency    
  • L&R Wildlife Trust
  • Leicester City Council
  • Nestlé
  • Network Rail
  • Nicholls Colton
  • World One

Some of the roles secured by our graduates

  • Assistant Ecologist
  • Environment Officer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Graduate Project Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Safety Heath and Environmental Sustainability Graduate
  • Technical Consultant
  • Trainee Analyst
  • Trainee Reserve Officer

What are my further study options?

Each year a number of environmental science and environmental biology graduates start postgraduate courses either at Nottingham or other universities.  Some examples of the types of courses Nottingham graduates study include:

  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Environmental Sustainability
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • MSc Biological Photography and Imaging
  • PGCE Secondary Combined Science
  • PhD Environmental Science
  • PhD Crop Genetics
  • PhD Geography

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