Key Facts

F750
  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Aberystwyth University’s Environmental Science degree is an engaging course that explores the most important environmental issues of our time. Aberystwyth University offers you a unique opportunity to study Environmental Science 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, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences 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. This degree will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the environmental challenges facing society today. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University?

  • Become a student in a University where the student experience is exceptional and memorable
  • Immerse yourself in a department that informs all students of the innovating research that has impact locally, nationally and internationally
  • Gain a detailed insight into key themes in geography, biology and environmental studies
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the most significant environmental challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss
  • Gain insight into mass extinctions and what they can tell us about human environment relations today
  • Explore a diverse range of modules which include sustainable development policy, geohazards, wildlife management, and marine biology
  • course offers flexibility in the modules you choose and the themes that you specialise in
  • Enjoy a diverse range of fieldwork opportunities
  • Benefit from facilities that are recognised by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)

Want to study in Welsh?

The Department offers a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for more information.

Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Earth Surface Environments GS10520 20
Ecoleg BG13510 10
Ecology * BR13510 10
Evolution And The Diversity Of Life * BR14310 10
Fieldwork Skills GS12310 10
First Year Environmental Earth Science And Environmental Science Tutorial GS11910 10
How To Build A Planet GS11520 20
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Researching The World: Data Collection And Analysis GS13020 20
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Environmental Microbiology And Monitoring * BR26020 20
Environmental Science Fieldwork GS20320 20
Environmental Science Tutorial Level 2 GS25110 10
Quantitative Data Analysis GS23810 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Aquatic Botany * BR25820 20
Catchment Systems GS25210 10
Chemical Analysis Of Natural Materials GS21010 10
Climate Change: Plants, Animals And Ecosystems * BR21120 20
Daearberyglon DA22810 10
Earth Resources And Environmental Impacts GS23110 10
Ecological Surveying * BR21420 20
Food, Farming And The Environment * BR21920 20
Freshwater Biology * BR22020 20
Geographical Information Systems GS23710 10
Geohazards GS22810 10
Geomorffoleg Afonol DA22510 10
Marine Biology * BR22620 20
Practical And Professional Skills In Microbiology * BR24720 20
Reconstructing Past Environments GS21910 10
The Frozen Planet GS23510 10
Wildlife Management * BR27220 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Environmental Science Dissertation GS35240 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Environmental Management GS31120 20
Earth Observation From Satellites And Aircraft GS32020 20
Environmental Regulation And Consultancy * BR35620 20
Glaciers And Ice Sheets GS33420 20
Global Biodiversity Conservation * BR33420 20
Marine And Freshwater Field Course * BR35020 20
People, Climate And Environment: A Palaeoenvironmental Perspective GS33720 20
Population And Community Ecology * BR33920 20
Sedimentary Environments GS32120 20
Terrestrial Ecology Fieldcourse * BR36620 20
The Agri-environment * BR30420 20
Volcanic Activity: Hazards And Environmental Change GS30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

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: 

  • utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • design and carry out theoretically and methodologically-sound and clearly-defined research assignments and projects
  • manage time effectively and to operate within deadlines
  • develop transferable skills of reading, analysing and critical evaluation of sources
  • respond positively to constructive feedback and criticism and to be sensitive in offering feedback and criticism to others
  • utilise information technology skills
  • utilise bibliographic and research skills, including the use of libraries and archives
  • use field skills to collect environmental data
  • use laboratory skills in analysing environmental data

What can I do with a degree in Environmental Sciences?

Our graduates have, for example, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, in education to name a few.

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.

International Opportunities:

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.

Learning & Teaching

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 explore:

  • physical, chemical and biological nature of the Earth
  • global ecology
  • soil systems
  • Earth surface environments
  • microbial diversity
  • the atmosphere and the water cycle
  • vegetation and ecosystems

In your second year you will discover:

  • monitoring the environment and environmental management
  • ecological surveying
  • freshwater biology
  • hydrochemistry
  • catchment systems
  • marine biology
  • geohazards
  • climate change and sustainability

You will also take part in a week long residential field course to develop your practical Environmental skills.

In your third year you will undertake:

  • a research project or dissertation involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of primary data
  • environmental law
  • communicating research and threats to natural ecosystems
  • ecology
  • conservations
  • environmental geochemistry
  • environmental change
  • palaeoglaciology
  • dynamic biogeography

How will I be taught?

Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars and laboratory or computer practical, 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. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include a B in Environmental Science, Biology or Geography

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in a science subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in a science subject

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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