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Environmental Earth Science (with integrated year studying abroad) BSc (Hons)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The BSc in Environmental Earth Science with integrated year studying abroad at Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study Environmental Earth Science in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe and undertake a year studying with one of our International or European partners.

You will study the core skills in geology and apply these to a wide range of environmental problems. You will be taught field skills which can be applied to solving some of the big issues facing our society such as pollution from human activities like mining and power production or understanding volcanic eruptions and how hazard maps are created. The degree will train you to solve problems and contribute to society. Our facilities are recognised by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Why study Environmental Science with integrated year studying abroad at Aberystwyth University?

  • Become a student in a University where the student experience is exceptional and memorable
  • Immerse yourself in a department that informs all students of the innovating research that has impact locally, nationally and internationally
  • Gain a detailed insight into key themes in geography, geology and environmental studies
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the most significant environmental challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss
  • Gain insight into mass extinctions and what they can tell us about human environment relations today
  • Explore a diverse range of modules which include sustainable development policy, geohazards, wildlife management, and marine biology
  • The course offers flexibility in the modules you choose and the themes that you specialise in
  • Enjoy a diverse range of fieldwork opportunities
  • Benefit from facilities that are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
  • Gain valuable experience of how different countries approach environmental issues with the integrated year studying abroad

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you will be introduced to

  • primary (solid earth) and secondary (surface processes) environments
  • past and present environmental changes
  • potential for predicting future changes in our climate and environment
  • field and laboratory skills spanning geology and physical geography

In your second year you will discover

  • geochemistry
  • the methods of chemical analysis of natural materials
  • how to apply geophysical and geographical techniques used in site investigations
  • quantitative and qualitative data sets

During your third year, you will undertake your year studying abroad in one of our European or international partnered universities.

In your final year you will undertake

  • independent research project or dissertation
  • optional modules including: engineering geology, process glaciology, volcanic activity among many others.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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Aberystwyth University

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  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    33rd out of 71 16

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    117 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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