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Environmental Geoscience BSc (Hons)

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Are you fascinated and curious about the world around you? Do you want to learn more about the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the soil beneath your feet? The Environmental Geoscience programme may be for you. Our planet is facing numerous challenges, such as global climate change, pollution, and environmental degradation. Each of those challenges is related to processes that link changes in the atmosphere, the ocean, and the solid earth, which are components that control environmental conditions on Earth. Environmental geoscience is the in-depth study of these different components and the processes that maintain and modify them. Not only does it cover the natural processes that have controlled Earth's history, but crucially, how modern human activities are affecting our planet today. Through this programme, you will develop a scientific understanding of environmental processes controlling the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. You will use this knowledge to study how the environment and climate have changed over time and how human activity may change the planet in the future. This skill set will equip you to address critical questions about the processes controlling environmental conditions on Earth: - What were the drivers of environmental change in the Earth's past? How will these processes change in the future? - What is the interaction between humans and the environment and our impact on the world? - What are the effects of pollution and environmental change on the sustainability of marine ecosystems? - How can we safely and sustainably manage the use of energy and materials resources to ensure the continued functioning of modern society? The Environmental Geosciences programme will enable you to develop a scientific understanding of environmental processes. You will cover core topics in modern environmental sciences in a variety of settings, including practical laboratory and fieldwork. You will have plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Your most important laboratory is the outside world, and we place a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences. You could be assessing the water quality in a river in the highlands on one day and swimming in coral reefs collecting water samples on another. These field trips give you valuable hands-on experience, where you can apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-life situations. Edinburgh is an ideal location for this rapidly evolving subject, with many sites of environmental interest right on your doorstep. If you choose to study Environmental Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the leading geosciences departments in the UK, and one of the top-ranked universities in the world. As a result, you will experience teaching and learning at the forefront of this knowledge. You will learn from earth scientists who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas. We hope that by studying this degree, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 28,950per year

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

Entry requirements

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A level : ABB - AAA

Required subjects: A Levels: two of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7. If you achieved a B or 6 in Mathematics, please contact the College of Science and Engineering Admissions Office.


University information

University of Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 29 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    193 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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