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MEnv (Hons) Environmental Science

Understand and manage human impacts on the environment using a multi-disciplinary approach

2017/18 entry

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2017 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2017/18)

International fees

£20,500 per year (2017/18)

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There has never been greater need for scientists who understand how the Earth system functions and responds to human activities, and who can apply this knowledge in the broader social and economic context of managing the environment to ensure a sustainable future.

Research-led teaching with a multi-disciplinary 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 Institute of Environment Sciences.


Course content

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. 

Study abroad

York has exchange agreements with a number of other universities across the world. Typically one or two students from the Environment Department study abroad every year in places such as Australia, Canada and the US. 

Year 1

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. 

All first year modules are core. 

  • Concepts in Environmental Science 
  • Data Analysis for Environmental Research 
  • Dynamic Earth 
  • Ecological Principles for the Environment 
  • Environment, Development & Society
  • Environment Field Project for Environmental Geography & Environmental Science 
  • Frontiers in Environmental Research

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

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 optional modules.

Core modules:

Optional modules:

You can also replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

Year 3

In the third year you undertake advanced research training to prepare the way to your fourth year of masters study. You can also select optional modules to suit your interests and employment objectives. 

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

Year 4

In year 4 you undertake further advanced training, vocational modules and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.

Core Modules:

Optional modules:

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Debate, interpret and explain current andemerging issues in environmental science occurring on a range of scales using appropriate methods and norms, and engage critically with best evidence on the impacts and management of climate, environmental and land use change, pollution and development 
  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate complex information on environmental science and related areas from a wide range of reliable sources 
  • Cut across disciplinary boundaries to link knowledge and experience from a wide range of natural, physical and social sciences to understand the complex interactions occurring within and between natural and human environments 
  • Plan, design and execute research as an individual or as part of a team to address environmental questions and problems using critically-selected field, survey and laboratory methods at appropriate temporal and spatial scales 
  • Critically analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate scientific and technological information and tools such as geographical information systems (GIS) and statistical packages to draw meaningful conclusions from research in the field of environmental science 
  • Effectively communicate knowledge, complex ideas and persuasive arguments to professional and non-specialist audiences using verbal, written, visual and digital media 
  • Recommend sustainable solutions to environmental problems that consider the broader social, political and environmental contexts, and the ethical implications of their application by applying knowledge, theories and approaches from environmental science and related disciplines 
  • Work responsibly as part of a team or as a team-leader to set challenging yet attainable goals and make an important contribution to defining the way in which our environment functions, understanding how it will respond to human activities and developing sustainable solutions 
For me, the most important thing at York has been the community. You always feel like you’re part of a family.
Chloe, second year student. Read more on Chloe's blog.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2017/18

UK/EU International
£9,250 £20,500

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

Work placements and study abroad

Going on a work placement or year abroad? You’ll pay a reduced tuition fee for that year.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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.

Teaching format

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 residential field trips to the North York Moors (Year 1) and to Tenerife (Year 2)
  • In Year 3 there's an optional field trip to Iceland



Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Environment Department, which is based on Campus West.

Your contact hours will be divided between the Environment Department, the Department of Biology and other locations nearby.

Course location

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 campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Each module will be assessed either by coursework or closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:

  • Practical write-ups
  • Oral presentations
  • Data analysis exercises
  • Essays

In your final year, you'll complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

  • Research and Development
  • Environmental management
  • Policy formulation
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Public sector such as the Environment Agency, DEFRA
  • Conservation bodies

Transferable skills

  • Project management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data analysis
  • Research skills
  • Time management
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

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

ABB or equivalent including two subjects from among:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


GCSEs GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent
Access to Higher Education Diploma 15 credits from units awarded Distinction and 15 awarded Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma or QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2, M2
European Baccalaureate Overall average of 75 per cent or higher
International Baccalaureate 34 points
Irish leaving Certificate AABBBB
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAABB without Advanced Highers AB + AABBB Advanced Highers and Highers
Other qualifications

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.

English language

6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all units

Pearson PTE Academic 
61 overall and 51 in all parts

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Grade C


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

2017 entry application deadlines

  • 15 October 2016: The closing date for Medicine applicants at the Hull York Medical School.
  • 15 January 2017: The deadline for equal consideration for all other courses (not Medicine - Hull York Medical School). We will consider applications received after this date if places are available. We cannot guarantee applications submitted after 15 January deadline will be given the same level of consideration as those which arrive by 15 January.
  • 30 June 2017: The deadline for late applications - although we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications received after this date will be held for Clearing (for applicants who haven't received any offers).

All applications must be made through  UCAS. There are no formal interviews. Students who are offered a place are encouraged to attend one of the departmental visit days held during the Spring Term.

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