BSc (Hons) Environmental Science – Bath Spa University

Environmental Science

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: F900 or K923
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

Gain biological and geographical perspectives of the environment with this hands-on course.

  • Taught by professionals who are enthusiastic, committed, and supportive.
  • Opportunity to specialise – design a programme suited to your interests and aspirations.
  • Emphasis on practical and fieldwork – opportunities within the UK and abroad.

For the 2021-22 academic year we have made a number of changes to teaching and learning in order to enable blended learning during the ongoing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

The courses below will have specific changes for 2021-22, indicated in the Programme Change Form. We will revert to our published curriculum as far as possible for 2022-23. We will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. The Programme Document beneath the main image shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.

Climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental mismanagement, energy use, waste management, sustainability, and protection of natural systems are among the planet’s most pressing problems.

We’ll help you understand these issues and develop the skills to do something about them. Expect to ‘get your hands dirty’. We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so that you’ll develop the practical skills that employers look for.

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“The campus was perfect for an Environmental Science course, as the natural world was just on the doorstep.”

Ewan Gibson, Environmental Science, Graduated 2014

What you'll learn


This course will give you knowledge of Environmental Science from biological and geographical perspectives. You can design a programme of study to suit your interests and career aspirations.

You have the option to specialise in such areas as aquatic environments, environmental protection and conservation, science communication, and earth systems. Optional topics include marine biology, climatology, sustainable development, river and coastal management, environmental hazards, environmental consultancy, and biodiversity assessment.

You can pick which of these topics you’ll study, alongside core topics such as ecology, environmental management and sustainability.

Course structure

Year one
Environmental science is a wide-ranging subject; at Bath Spa it is studied from two related perspectives: biological and geographical. You’ll cover both these aspects in Year 1, along with biodiversity and conservation. You also select another module to suit your particular interests, such as global food issues, global development, or earth environments.

Year two
You’ll study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth – in particular ecology and environmental management/sustainability. There is also a wide range of further topics to choose from, either building your course around your particular career aspirations, or keeping your options open with a more general approach. Topics include applied microbiology; biodiversity; river and coastal systems; environmental hazards; climate change and sustainability; and science communication. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do practical work in the field and laboratory. And you also have the opportunity to further enhance your employability skills with a work placement.

Year three
Now you’ll choose a subject to research in depth through your dissertation, and select optional modules from topics as wide-ranging as animal behaviour, nature conservation, climatology, marine biology, plants and people, digital imaging, development and disasters, and coastal and river management. You’ll also continue to have plenty of opportunity to develop your practical skills with project work on campus and residential fieldtrips in the UK and abroad. And you can also bring in modules from other areas if you want to develop interests in managing sustainability, science publishing, preparing to be a freelancer or starting your own business.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll generally be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.

How will I be taught?

We offer an excellent learning environment, with small class sizes. Staff and students are on first name terms and you’ll be assigned a Personal Tutor from day one. We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so you can develop practical skills that are highly valued by employers.

You’ll be taught in relevant, challenging and interesting ways, including: lectures; laboratory practicals; seminars; simulations of professional practice; fieldwork-based projects; tutorials; and interpretation exercises. You’ll be taught by professionals who are trained to teach.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Biological Techniques
  • Conservation Biology
  • Geographical Skills
  • Environment, People and Place
  • Communicating Science
  • Sustainability in Life and Work

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Management
  • Research Skills for Environmental Science
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Geomorphology and Environmental Hazards
  • Geographical Fieldwork
  • Climate and Society
  • Geotechnologies for Society and Environment
  • Environment and Education
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation Planning
  • Dissertation Publication
  • Geography Dissertation
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Plants and People
  • Environmental Practice
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Advanced Geographical Fieldwork
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Geographical Fieldwork
  • River Management


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.


Fieldwork and practical work is an important part of the course; you’ll go beyond the lecture theatre to study a range of environments and habitats. Many are available on site – our Newton Park campus has a rich variety of terrestrial and aquatic environments. We also offer opportunities to venture further afield, in day-long and residential field trips in the UK and beyond. Please note some of these activities may have additional costs.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Short-term work experience is available in the Second Year optional Work Placement module. A year-long placement in professional practice is available within our sandwich degree. Our students have worked with organisations such as Somerset Earth Science Centre, Ecosulis ecological consultancy, county Wildlife Trusts, and Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.


Students have gone into roles including: Assistant Ecological Consultant; Land Management and Conservation Adviser; Policy Adviser at Defra; and Waste Awareness Officer. Example employers include:

  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Ecosulis ecological consultancy
  • Soil Association
  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]

Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes, leading to a teaching qualification (PGCE), MSc or PhD.

Competitions and awards

Each year we award prizes to our students. These are: Best Environmental Science student (at each of Years one, two and three), and for our graduating cohort, Oxford University Press Achievement in Biosciences Prize, Royal Society of Biology Top Student Award, and the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Outstanding Student in Wastes Management Award.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a range of facilities including our:


A wide range of analytical instruments, field and mapping equipment, and ICT resources are available for Environmental Science students.

You'll also have access to Newton Park Library our digital mapping platform that compiles environmental data collected by students, staff and the public from across our University campuses. 


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,925
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for students who are passionate about the environment. You’ll be interested in environmental issues and want to do something about them.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in a Science of Geography.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required with a minimum of Grade 6 in a Science of Geography at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) in a related subject.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

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Three year course
With placement year

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