There has never been a greater need for scientists who understand how the Earth system functions and responds to human activities. You'll learn how to apply this knowledge in the broader social and economic context of managing the environment to ensure a sustainable future.
Research-led teaching with a multidisciplinary focus will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to address complex environmental problems such as climate change, air pollution and energy transitions.
Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
Our staff collaborate with a broad range of private and public organisations including United Nations Environment Programme, Defra, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Overseas Development Institute and Willis Global Insurance Broker.
The Stockholm Environment Institute at York is based in our Department and is among the top think tanks on environmental policy in the world. As a student here you may be taught by staff from the institute and may have the opportunity to carry out your research project with them.
Our Department has strong links to global policy makers including UNEP and the World Health Organization.
You'll build a strong foundation in the physical sciences, providing the background knowledge you need to make informed judgements about environmental issues. You will also study the broader social, political and economic aspects of managing the environment.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
The first year modules give you an introduction to the fundamentals of environmental science, providing you with a foundation for more advanced material in the following years.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You'll take a range of core modules to develop your knowledge of environmental science. You can then begin to tailor your degree to your own interests with a choice of option modules.
You will also study two option modules. Examples may include:
You have the option to pursue a placement year in Year 3 or Year 4 of your integrated Masters, extending your time at York by one year. Whilst you are on placement you'll retain your student status and receive your placement year within your degree title.
It's your responsibility to find and secure your work placement but you'll be supported throughout the process by a dedicated member of staff.
Your placement must be between 9 and 12 months and start during the summer vacation. You can choose to do a placement of 9 or 12 months or two shorter placements that total 9 or 12 months of experience.
You will be assigned a Placement Supervisor for the duration of your placement who will keep in touch with you throughout your placement and undertake supervision meetings with you.
The placement year is an assessed, pass/fail module that is added to your existing programme of study. The assessment is in the form of a 3000 word reflective report with supporting reflective blogs, it is assessed by Careers and Placements.
Placements can be found throughout industry and you're encouraged to focus on your desired outcomes for the placement year in considering the industry in which you would like to secure a placement.
All placements will be subject to the University placement approval process and must meet the Placement Criteria.
In Year 4 you undertake advanced research training to prepare the way to your fourth year of masters study. You can also select option modules to suit your interests and employment objectives.
You will also study two option modules. Examples may include:
In Year 5 you undertake further advanced training, vocational modules and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.
You will also study two option modules. Examples may include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
|International and EU
The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
Field work is integral to your course and comprises both residential and day trips. In year 1 and 2 there are core residential and day field trips. The travel and accommodation costs of these trips are included in your student fees.* Optional field trips are not paid for, and you will be asked to contribute to the cost of these. The destination of our residential field trips are changing. In the first and third year they will be based in the UK; the second year trip will be at an international location. Previous locations include Newcastle, Whitby, Tenerife, Prague, Iceland and Austria.
* The Department covers the costs of flights up to a maximum based on typical flight costs from regional airports bought in good time
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
Our superb state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms and features a spectacular living wall.
We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of the work we do to support gender equality.
Our BSc and MEnv courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, in recognition of the quality of our teaching.
Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You'll be taught through a combination of field-based learning, research-led teaching and a more traditional combination of lectures, tutorials, and seminars. Practical work is a key feature, both in individual projects and in groups.
Field trips form an important part of your course, with excursions (residential and non-residential) each year. You'll participate in field trips to the North York Moors (Year 1) and additional field trips in the UK and overseas which comply with the Royal Geographical Society sustainable fieldwork principles.
For the Placement Year, a dedicated member of staff will guide you through the process of finding a placement. You will be assigned a supervisor for your placement and be expected to contribute academic work based on your experience. Placements can be local, national or international.
In your first year, you can expect:
|4-6 hours per week
|1-2 hours per week
|2-4 hours per week
|2-4 hours per week
These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during semesters. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
Our bespoke building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
You will be based in the Department of Environment and Geography, which is based on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can use the fast and frequent bus service. Take a campus tour.
Each module will be assessed either by coursework, closed or open examination or a combination of both; where possible these will be practical and solutions-based assessments. Coursework can include:
In your final year, you'll complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.
Academic and industry speakers are invited to talk about key and policy-relevant areas of environmental research
The BSc in Environmental Science will equip you with practical, applied skills for both environment-related employment and more general career opportunities. The department has a track record of providing a springboard to a wide range of careers and postgraduate research. Find out more about careers and employability.
Having a supervisor at York was invaluable. The pastoral care that the University offers helps with applications and interview skills. York also allows you to be independent and work at your own pace, which really helps when you start doing your own projects in a work environment.Carmel Parry Network Asset Strategy Planner Yorkshire Water
ABB including two of the following science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences
|Access to Higher Education Diploma
|30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher including Science-related units.
|BTEC National Extended Diploma
|DDM. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on whether your BTEC will be considered for entry.
|D3, M2, M2 including two of the following science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences
|75% overall including two of the following science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences
|34 points including two of the following science subjects at Higher Level: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations), Physics, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences
|We will consider a range of T Level qualifications for entry. Please visit our dedicated T Levels page for a full list of accepted T Levels.
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
|Advanced Highers - BB in two of the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology plus Scottish Highers - BC We may also be able to consider three Advanced Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers, where an applicant does not meet the grade requirement through Highers alone. Please contact us to discuss your qualifications.
|International foundation programme
|Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
|Other international qualifications
|Equivalent qualifications from your country
You should also have GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent.
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.
|If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
|If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
|If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
|176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
|7, with a minimum of 6 in each component
|120, minimum 105 in each component
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)
|Grade C / Grade 4
|B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
|B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
|459 Main Flight score with 426 in each component
|Skills for English
|B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component
|61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
|87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
|Trinity ISE III
|Merit in all components
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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