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Environmental Science and Technology

The world is changing. It's getting warmer, the population is increasing and as such, so is the demand for food and energy. This programme positions you to tackle real-life environmental issues which affect everyone on the planet.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code: F571

Duration: 4 years full-time


Why choose this course?

  • The programme is offered by an interdisciplinary team of environmental and soil scientists, chemists, biologists, physicists and statisticians, all of whom are research-active in their respective fields.
  • Benefitting from Abertay's interdisciplinary approach to research-informed teaching, this programme will provide students with a unique opportunity to graduate with a broad-ranging environmental science foundation, combined with quantitative analytical skills. This provides students with qualifications in critical STEM areas, greatly demanded in the current job market.

There is no better time or greater need to study environmental sciences and learn about the opportunities to make a difference to real life problems.  The world is changing; the climate is warming, population is increasing, demands for food and energy are growing, society is more and more connected, and our need to handle large and complex data is rapidly increasing.  The natural world is complex and human activity can have consequences that are hard to predict and difficult to reverse.

This degree focuses on globally important environmental challenges and solutions to environmental problems. It is aimed at students with a general interest in sciences.

The programme provides students with a deep understanding of environmental processes.  Practical experience through field and laboratory work - combined with highly desirable training in data analysis - is a key feature of this programme.  You will be trained in a substantial range of transferable skills in laboratory work, visualization, report writing and project management.  

The programme is taught by staff that are research active. 50% of our research was judged 'international excellent' or 'world leading', with 60% of our research judged to have 'very considerable impact' (REF2014). 


What you study

What you study

Our Environmental Sciences and Technology degree will provide you with a broad foundation in sciences, and includes both theoretical and applied aspects.  This programme will investigate a wide range of factors that impact the environment, and what management options are available for solving these problems.  Throughout the programme, you will learn how anthropogenic and natural forces result in environmental change, such as pollution and climate change.

In Years 1 and 2, students will lay a solid foundation in areas including civil and environmental engineering, environmental sciences and data handling. There is also a free choice from our broad elective modules. 

In Years 3 and 4, students develop an in-depth understanding of the interconnectedness of food, water and energy requirements, the science underpinning climate change and how predictions are made, as well as an understanding of how industry and regulatory bodies interact with each other and the environment and how this impacts on global debates. Students finish with a dissertation, working alongside leading researchers in the University, or with other stakeholders.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Environmental Science and Technology

How you learn and are assessed

We offer a broad range of learning environments including traditional lecture and tutorial format, student-led learning, interactive class sessions, practical, and a substantial element of field work. We encourage independent study, meaning that you take responsibility for your own learning.

Study is assessed using a variety of methods enabling 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 are individually supported by a research active member of staff.

You will be versed in handling and analysing large and complex data sets, a much sought after skill.

Examination techniques

Assessments will combine a variety of methods including coursework, groupwork and oral presentation.  Formal examination will also be considered for assessing different learning outcomes, representing approximately 50% of the overall programme assessment. 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Maths and English: All applicants must have English and Maths in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

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
ILC (H) H3H3H3H3 to include one from the following: Technology, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Geography, Maths or Physics
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Applied Science/Environmental Sustainability
International Baccalaureate 28 Points to include one from the following: Biology, Design Technology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths or Physics at S5 or H4 
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses

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 

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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

Further info

Career prospects

Environmental scientists are in demand due to the severe challenges that we face with global warming and a growing population.  The programme combines environmental understanding with technology and engineering applications, providing, at the same time, 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.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, environmental management and consultancy, regional water management, the (renewable) energy industry, universities and environmental research institutes, or local and national governmental planning agencies.

You will furthermore obtain a broad base of analytical, mathematical, technical and presentation skills which will provide you with tools for either pursuing a higher degree, or that can 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 and will develop your understanding of what they do and how they interact.  This will be through visits, invited lectures and there are possibilities for projects.

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
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