- 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. Part time available.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: F900 or K923
- Campus Code: A,BSU
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific details.
Explore biological and geographical perspectives of the natural world with this hands-on Environmental Science course.
- Learn from qualified and accredited professionals who are enthusiastic, committed, and supportive.
- Design a specialised programme suited to your interests and aspirations.
- Develop your practical and fieldwork skills, based on industry standard tools and techniques, with opportunities in the UK and abroad.
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 evidence-based skills you'll need to do something about them.
Taught at Newton Park campus, surrounded by a natural laboratory of parkland, woodland, streams and lakes, we’ll take 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 – expect to get your hands dirty!
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Bath Spa has been great in allowing me to study about the natural world in a really natural environment, while being surrounded by passionate staff members and other likeminded people who want to be a part of positive planetary change.Angel Plumb, Environmental Science, graduated 2022
What you'll learn
This course will give you knowledge of Environmental Science from biological and geographical perspectives. You’ll study core topics such as ecology, environmental management and sustainability, and you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional areas to design a programme of study to suit your interests and career aspirations.
You’ll be able 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.
There will be opportunities to participate in residential field trips, both in the UK and overseas.
Environmental science is a broad field of study and at Bath Spa it’s studied from two related perspectives – biological and geographical. You’ll cover both these aspects in your core first year modules, along with biodiversity and conservation.
You’ll study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth – in particular ecology and environmental management/sustainability. There’s 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.
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 develop your practical skills with project work on campus and residential field trips in the UK and abroad. 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.
You’ll generally be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.
We offer an excellent learning environment with small class sizes. Staff and students are on first name terms and you’ll be assigned an Academic Advisor 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 and who will bring their own research and industry based experience to the course.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.
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 for more information.
- Biological Techniques
- Ecology and the Diversity of Life
- Geographical Skills
- Environment, People and Place
- Communicating Science
- Sustainability in Life and Work
- 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
- Environmental Psychology and Sustainability
- Environment and Education
- Professional Placement Year
- Dissertation Planning
- Dissertation Publication
- Geography Dissertation
- Animal Behaviour
- Plants and People
- Environmental Practice
- Wildlife Photography
- Managing Sustainability
- Advanced Geographical Fieldwork
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Geographical Fieldwork (L6 Variant)
- River Management
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 as 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.
Short-term work experience is available in the optional Work Placement module in your second year. 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, Snowdonia National Park Authority, local environmental records centres, professional environmental consultancy companies including Ecosulis, Nicholas Pearson Associates, Johns Associates Ltd and Kier, 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]
- EDF Energy
Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes, leading to a teaching qualification (PGCE), MSc or PhD.
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.
If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.
You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.
Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.
“The campus was perfect for an Environmental Science course, as the natural world was just on the doorstep.”Ewan Gibson, Environmental Science, Graduated 2014
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.
On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.
Facilities and resources
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.
|Student||Annual tuition fee|
|UK full time||£9,250|
|UK part time||£4,625|
|International full time||£15,750|
Professional Placement Year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.
- UK: £1,850
- International: £3,150
Interested in applying?
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.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred including a Grade B in a Science of Geography.
- BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
- T Levels – grade Merit (M) preferred in a relevant subject.
- International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of Grade 5 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, at Merit or higher) in a related subject.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.
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.
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