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

Aberystwyth University

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Course options

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

Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. This degree will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the environmental challenges facing society today.


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.

  • We offer you a detailed insight into key themes in geography, geology and environmental studies
  • We help you develop a deeper understanding of the most significant environmental challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss
  • We provide insight into mass extinctions and what they can tell us about human environment relations today
  • We offer 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
  • We provide a diverse range of fieldwork opportunities
  • Our facilities are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
  • Gain valuable experience of how different countries approach environmental science 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 explore:

  • physical, chemical and biological nature of the Earth
  • global ecology
  • soil systems
  • Earth surface environments
  • microbial diversity
  • the atmosphere and the water cycle
  • vegetation and ecosystems

In your second year you will discover:

  • monitoring the environment and environmental management
  • ecological surveying
  • freshwater biology
  • hydrochemistry
  • catchment systems
  • marine biology
  • geohazards
  • climate change and sustainability

You will also take part in a week long residential field course to develop your practical Environmental skills.

Your third year will be spent abroad studying in one of our European or international partnered universities.

In your final year you will undertake:

  • a research project or dissertation involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of primary data
  • environmental law
  • communicating research and threats to natural ecosystems
  • ecology
  • conservations
  • environmental geochemistry
  • environmental change
  • palaeoglaciology
  • dynamic biogeography

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,800per year

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

University information

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

    17th out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    126 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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