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Environmental Science

Entry Year: 2022

2 study options

Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Key information

BSc (Hons)
3 years
September 2022
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Environmental Science with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2022
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.


Be a future changer by studying a programme that gives you the skills and experience to make a difference to our world's biggest issues today

With the increasing threats of climate change and pollution, we are now more than ever needing to take action that will change the future of our world for the better. Environmental Science is being pushed to the forefront of the minds of policy makers, industry leaders, scientists, and the general public.

Study Environmental Science BSc at Queen Mary - the only London-based Russell Group university that offers this programme - and gain critical understanding of environmental problems, before then researching and implementing your own solutions. You’ll work with passionate industry leading professionals and scientists, assisting in their projects while also learning the skills to develop your own.

This interdisciplinary degree draws on the expertise of two schools – Geography and Biological and Chemical Sciences – to offer a distinctive programme.

You’ll explore themes such as ecology, diversity and evolution, conservation, environmental pollution, river science and environmental engineering. In the process you’ll develop advanced practical skills by analysing samples and simulating environmental processes in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

Explore the world with us on fieldwork in places such as the Netherlands, Canada, Croatia and South Africa, as well as UK-based fieldwork, including opportunities right here in London.

Option modules in the second and final years allow you to direct your study towards your aims and interests. In the final year you’ll design your own project with guidance from our experts, developing the skills to become a researcher in your own right.

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You can complete your Environmental Science degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Earth Surface Science
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Fieldwork in Physical Geography and Environmental Science*
  • Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science*
  • People and the Environment
  • Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists

For full details on all of our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Advanced Environmental Research Skills
  • Ecological Interactions*
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Environmental Research Methods*
  • Research Design

Choose from

  • Animal and Plant Diversity
  • Cultural Geographies
  • Economic Geographies
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Future Coasts*
  • Geographies of Biomedicine
  • Geomorphology
  • Geospatial Science
  • Health, Space and Justice
  • Ice Age Britain
  • Society and Space
  • Spaces of Uneven Development
  • The Anthropocene

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Project in Environmental Science

Choose from

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Climate Change and Conservation Challenges
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Flood Risk Management and Modelling
  • Future Coasts*
  • Geo-ecology and Geo-ecosystems
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Geography, Technology and Society
  • International Environmental Law
  • New York: Nature and the City*
  • Progress in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
  • Readings in Geography: Geographies of Nature OR Geography, Technology and Society
  • Species: Dinosaurs to DNA*
  • Terrestrial Vegetation Modelling
  • The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain
  • Savannah Ecology and Conservation*

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Please note that modules are subject to change and may vary year-on-year.

*Fieldwork module. Fieldwork destinations may vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and depend on the module combinations chosen. Overseas fieldwork modules run in alternate years. Places are limited - if a module is oversubscribed, places will be allocated by ballot. Students on overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Environmental Science BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

Additional Costs

Compulsory fieldwork will not cost you anything extra. Optional overseas fieldwork trips in the second and third year cost approximately £400-£1,400 (based on 2017-18 costs). On some trips you may also need to pay extra for flights.

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I chose QMUL as I wanted to be at the forefront of research in the environmental field, and studying environmental science in the capital city has proved to be invaluable. I enjoy being part of two Schools: this has allowed me to get to know a wide range of students and staff, as well as feeling like I am getting the best teaching in specific areas.

William Flynn, Environmental Science (2018)


Teaching and learning

On average, you can expect to spend eight to 12 hours per week in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical classes.

You’ll also take part in small-group tutorials, receiving further guidance on the course material and developing your study skills.

In the final year, tutorials are replaced with one-to-one meetings with your tutor as you prepare for your independent research project and plan your future career.

For every hour of classes, expect to do a further four to six hours of independent study.


Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework may include extended essays, short reports, posters, oral presentations and group work.

Students must also complete a final-year independent study project of 10,000 words, based on an original study of their choice.


Resources and facilities

The Schools of Geography and Biological and Chemical Sciences offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • dedicated undergraduate computer room
  • modern facilities, including well-equipped environmental preparation, elemental analysis and river laboratories
  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities.

What our students say

Find out what our students think about studying environmental science at Queen Mary.

Entry requirements


Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


This programme will equip you with advanced environmental understanding and practical skills, ready for employment in the sector. Many of our graduates use their scientific knowledge directly, to inform policy or carry out analysis. Others take their transferable skills into diverse careers, from business to health.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Citizens UK
  • Deloitte
  • Environment Agency
  • Jacobs
  • Ordnance Survey
  • WWF

Career support

Students benefit from dedicated careers support, including lectures and tutorials on career choice, getting work experience and presenting degree skills to an employer at interview. We also run an annual career options event with graduate speakers, and you will have access to a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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Environmental Science - BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

About the School

Join us and work alongside academics who are committed to world-leading research. From climate change to development to questions of culture, identity and social justice, our research – and therefore your studies – touch upon some of society’s biggest and most pressing challenges.

The School of Geography is one of the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Thanks to our local, national and international links, you’ll have opportunities to work with community groups, environmental trusts and charities, applying your knowledge to real-world problems.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8200

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