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Environmental Science and Technology
BSc (Hons)

Join the top Modern University in Scotland for Biosciences. Study a degree that builds on the solid foundation of environmental science with analytical skills and qualifications in critical and sought after STEM areas.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

F571

Why Study Environmental Science and Technology?

Get set to focus on globally important environmental challenges and the solutions required to tackle them. This highly-practical degree is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of environmental scientists, chemists, biologists, and physicists.

Climate change, interconnected societies, population increases, growing demands for food and energy … these are just some of the challenges facing environmental scientists in a world where human activity has consequences that are hard to predict and difficult to reverse.

This degree investigates the factors impacting the environment, and what management options are available for solving these problems. Throughout the programme, you’ll learn how anthropogenic and natural forces result in environmental change, such as pollution and climate change.

Biology and analytical chemistry play big parts in this degree, alongside practical experience through field and laboratory work, all combined with highly desirable training in data analysis. You’ll also be trained in visualisation, report writing and project management.

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An undergraduate  qualification can help develop you into a confident, independent thinker who's ready to face the challenges of the modern world. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of undergraduate study.

Register your interest and find out the fantastic options available to you.

 

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Your Journey Starts Here

The world is changing. It's getting warmer, the population is increasing, and so is the demand for food and energy. If you're keen to help tackle the environmental issues affecting the planet, this is the degree for you. 

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have English and Maths in any of the following - National 5 at grade C or GCSE at grade C/4.  National 5 Lifeskills Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB To include one from the following: Architectural Technology, Biology, Human Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Maths or Physics
A-Level CCC To include one from the following: Architecture, Engineering, Geology, Applied Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 To include one from the following: Technology, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Geography, Maths or Physics
International Baccalaureate 28 Points To include one from the following: Biology, Design Technology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science/Environmental Sustainability
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP BBB Access to (one of the following):- University Study, Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB To include two from the following: Architectural Technology, Biology, Human Biology, Building Construction, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Maths or Physics
A-Level BBB To include two from the following: Architecture, Engineering, Geology, Applied Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Environmental Sustainability
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined below, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introduction to Environmental Sciences (ENV101)

Provides students with an understanding of the key concepts and themes in biology, ecology, chemistry, and anthropomorphic factors, which are essential for a broad understanding of modern environmental science.

Foundations of Chemistry 1 (FOR101)

An introduction to basic chemical concepts and an overview of the application of chemistry to a wide range of science-based programmes. Module content includes: introductory math for scientists; the nature of matter; describing chemical substances and their interactions; simple organic molecules.

Principles of Biology and Ecology (ENV100)

Provides a firm understanding of the key biological, physiological and ecological concepts and themes which are essential for a broad understanding of modern environmental science. Explores biological phenomena that underpin responses to environmental change.

Landscape Processes and Surveying (EEM103)

An introduction to landscape processes and surveying. Provides a basic understanding of geology, hydrology and geomorphology and methods for assessing and understanding landscape forms. This equips students with surveying practice skills suitable for engineering and environmental projects.

Environmental Data Handling and Presentation (ENV102)

Provides students with the analytical and computational skills for handling and presenting environmental data. Module content includes: the nature and challenges of environmental data; methods for data collection; data exploration and presentation; case studies; data handling and presentation software.

Investigative Analytical Science (FOR212)

Provides students with an understanding of basic analytical techniques, the theory behind these techniques and how to relate them to forensic and biomedical applications.

Environmental Physiology and Epidemiology (ENV221)

Provides students with a firm understanding of the way that organisms, plants and non humans vertebrates perform basic physiological functions to sustain life. Introduces the assessment of health and disease in livestock, plants and wildlife and issues of pathogen transfer between wildlife and humans.

Environment and Human Interactions (ENV205)

Provides students with an understanding of the interactive relationship between humans and the environment and to be able to recognise the main impacts of humans on the environment and the routes by which human health is affected. This expands on the content found in 'Introduction to Environmental Science'.

How the Course Works

 

Learning and Assessment 

You’ll benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to research-informed teaching, gaining a unique opportunity to graduate with a solid foundation in environmental science, quantitative analytical skills, and qualifications in critical STEM areas – highly sought after in the current job market.

You’ll learn via lectures, tutorials, student-led sessions, interactive class sessions, practical work, and a substantial amount of field work. We encourage independent study, which means you take responsibility for your own learning.

You’ll be assessed using a number of methods, as this allows you to demonstrate progress in different ways.

Course work typically includes lab reports, essays, literature reviews, group work or oral presentations.

Formal exams typically include questions that require short answers, an essay or data analysis. In your final dissertation, you’re individually supported by a research active member of staff.

You’ll be well versed in handling and analysing large and complex data sets – a much sought after skill.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Environmental Science and Technology

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Careers

Environmental science graduates are well-rounded and multidisciplinary, making them highly sought-after due to the severe challenges we face with global warming and a growing population.

This degree dovetails environmental understanding with technology and engineering applications, providing knowledge of regulatory frameworks and environmental policies on a local and global scale.

This will make you particularly qualified for a variety of career options in many industries and regulatory bodies that affect the environment.

 

Choose Your Path

Career opportunities include:

  • Environmental management and consultancy
  • Regional water management
  • Universities and environmental research institutes
  • Local and national governmental planning agencies

You’ll acquire a broad base of analytical, mathematical, technical and presentation skills, which will provide you with the tools to either pursue further study or lead to career options in the corporative industry or teaching.

 

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Industry Links

The programme brings you into contact with the broad landscape of stakeholders in the environment, shaping your understanding of what they do and how they interact. This will be through visits, invited lectures and projects.

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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

Programme Leader - Environmental Science and Technology

Dr Andrew Spiers

Dr Andrew Spiers

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