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Environmental Science and Technology
BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science and Technology focuses on globally important environmental challenges and the solutions required to tackle them.

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.

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.

 

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 Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

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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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.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introduction to Environmental Sciences (ENV101)

The module provides an introduction to environmental science for students with varied academic backg

Foundations of Chemistry 1 (FOR101)

This module introduces and considers the application of basic chemical concepts of relevance to a wi

Principles of Biology and Ecology (ENV100)

The module provides a greater level of detail on key concepts in biology and ecology for students

Landscape Processes and Surveying (EEM103)

Introduction to landscape processes and surveying.

Environmental Data Handling and Presentation (ENV102)

This module uses a case study approach to introduce students to the technology and methodology for a

Investigative Analytical Science (FOR212)

A module designed to teach basic analytical skills and the theory behind these techniques, and to re

Environmental Physiology and Epidemiology (ENV221)

The module provides the underpinnings of the way that organisms, from the unicellular to higher plan

Environment and Human Interactions (ENV205)

This module expands the content of the introduction course ?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

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 degree programme.

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

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.

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. 

Programme Leader - Environmental Science and Technology

Dr Andrew Spiers

Dr Andrew Spiers

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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.

 

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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