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.
Our superb, new £12.5m state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms as well as featuring a spectacular living wall
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.
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.
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.
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 optional modules.
You can also replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.
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.
Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.
In year 4 you undertake further advanced training, vocational modules and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.
* Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
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.
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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.
Going on a work placement or year abroad? You’ll pay a reduced tuition fee for that year.
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.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
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.
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.
Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
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.
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.
Each module will be assessed either by coursework or closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:
In your final year, you'll complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.
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.
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 or equivalent including two subjects from among:
|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 are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
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)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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.
Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions
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