Typical A-level offer
BBC with C in a science subject
Our BSc in Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a detailed insight into Geological and Environmental Earth Science topics. The department of Geography & Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced departments of its kind. You will study the core skills in geology and apply these to a wide range of environmental problems. You will be taught field skills which can be applied to solving some of the big issues facing our society such as: Pollution from human activities like mining and power production or understanding volcanic eruptions and how hazard maps are created. The degree will train you to solve problems and contribute to society. We run field courses in each of the three years of your degree. Our facilities are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council).
Best in Wales and one of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2017)
Why study Environmental Earth Science at Aberystwyth University?
- Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe. Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, our department is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, providing you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities.
- You will explore and receive a detailed insight into Geological and Environmental Earth Sciences topics.
- This course will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of climate change.
- You will understand the impacts of volcanic eruptions on the environment and insights into mass extinction events.
- Your mentors and lecturers will inform you of the current trends in Geohazards and provide training in engineering Geology and Hydrology.
- You will develop a solid understanding of contemorary environmental issues: pollution, climate change, waste disposal among many others.
- Our facilities are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
- We offer fieldwork opportunities in each of the three years of your degree.
- For those who would like to study through the medium of Welsh, there are number of modules available to those who have interest.Check out the module tab for more information.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- An introduction to Earth Materials
- Earth Surface Environments *
- Fieldwork Skills
- First Year Environmental Earth Science Tutorial
- Global Ecology and Soil Systems
- Researching the World: data collection and analysis
- The Dynamic Earth
- The Geological Evolution of the British Isles
- The Geological Record of Life on Earth *
- The Atmosphere and the Water Cycle
- The Biosphere
- Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Environmental Geochemistry
- Geotechnical Site Investigation
- Indepentent Project for Environmental Earth Science
- Environmental Earth Science Level 3 Fieldwork
- Independent Project for Environmental Earth Science
- Geographical Information Systems
- Palaeoenvironmental Change Beyond the Ice Sheets
- Processes in Glacial Environments *
- Earth Observation from Satellites and Aircraft
- People, Climate and Environment: a Palaeoenvironmental Perspective
- The Great Ice Sheets
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What can I do with a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences?
Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education amongst man other things.
Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.
The skill sets include:
- Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
- Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
- Information technology skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Time-management, organisational skills;
- Communication skills both written and oral;
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Bursaries are also available to support shorter student placements during the holiday period. Each year we host a competition which invites students to share their work experiences via a report and oral presentation, with the winners receiving a prize and feedback from members of the business community who sit on a judging panel.
Alongside employment experience, independent travel is also acknowledged as a key ingredient in student development. To support this, we offer bursaries to support undergraduate travel. Recent destinations have included Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Mount Etna and the United States.
DGES has also established Erasmus Exchange Programmes with the University of Bergen, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the University Centre in Svalbard, giving students the unique experience of studying in one of the world’s most extreme environments. We also have strong links with a number of universities in North America, where students can complete their second year of study. In recent years, our Exchange Co-ordinator has overseen placements at Purdue University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Montana and the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In your first year you will be introduced to:
- Primary (solid earth) and secondary (surface processes) environments;
- Past and present Environmental changes;
- Potential for predicting future changes in our climate and environment;
- Field and laboratory skills spanning geology and physical geography.
In your second year you will discover;
- The methods of chemical analysis of natural materials;
- How to apply geophysical and geographical techniques used in site investigations;
- Quantitative and qualitative data sets.
In your third year you will undertake:
- Independent research project or dissertation;
- Optional modules including: engineering geology, process glaciology, volcanic activity among many others.
How will I be taught?
Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, laboratory and computer practical classes, small group tutorials, field courses and individual supervision of project work.
How will I be assessed?
We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but some have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework.
Environmental Earth Science offers a unique look at the environmental geology of the universe, with topics ranging from planetary formation to hydrochemistry to lab techniques. You can be sure of never being bored! Pendle Hill
Environmental Earth Science is a course that gives you all that you need to have a great time at university. The lectures are amazing, the lecturers are awesome and the work is engaging. From the first day you are made to feel that you are valued as a student and as an Earth Scientist. The work, while hard, is always interesting and you get the chance to meet some amazing people along the way. The course fully stands up to the expectations I had when I applied. Sebastian Charles Taylor
Great facilities, great lecturers, great course all round! Ben Auton
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC with C in a science subject
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject
28 points overall with 4 points in a science subject at Higher Level
65% overall with 70% in specified subject
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org