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Aims to develop an understanding of environmental sciences through the integration of theoretical, practical and field based approaches.


Environmental science is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates many of the sciences taught at secondary school (including Geography) and applies to the study of the environment, and to the solution of environmental problems. This three or four year course offers an integrated, quantitative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. This includes processes and management issues related to the hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. Strong transferrable skills are developed during the degree, especially in the use and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Marine) -Marine science is an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated to the study of the ocean. It covers a wide range of topics, including marine organisms and ecosystems, ocean currents and waves, plate tectonics and marine geology, fluxes of chemical substances, and the physical properties of the ocean and atmosphere. From 2016 we will teach marine science as a formal and specific pathway through the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science course. Similar three or four year opportunities are available to this pathway and there is a similarly strong emphasis on laboratory and field-work, including residential field-schools. Students opt for this pathway on registration and will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Marine).

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About this course

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In Year 1 students start with a residential field school and then study modules related to sustainability, measuring environmental processes, environmental systems (biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere) and a range of data analysis skills.

In Year 2 students study GIS and remote sensing, ecology, environmental impact assessment, employability and professional skills, freshwater systems (for environmental scientists) and coastal and marine systems (for the marine science pathway), and attend a residential overseas field school.

In the final year students undertake modules on research skills and a research dissertation. GIS and remote sensing is continued as a transferrable skill and other modules focus on environmental change and environmental conservation. The BSc Environmental Science students undertake a final module relating to applications of water science with a residential field school. The marine science pathway students study oceanography also with a residential field school.

Students also have the option to extend their academic studies by electing to study abroad for a year or by working in industry/business. This additional year spent away from Ulster University is taken in the third year. See details below.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards


You are on campus five days per week. The contact time average is 16 hours per week, 24 hours per week average independent study including academic assessment.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Offer in range BCC to CCD to include grades CC (including 1 science subject).

Science subjects may include Geography, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Technology/Science, PE, Applied Science, IT, Nutrition and Food Science, Life & Health Science

Provided the subject requirements are met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University for one of the A level grades.


Overall profile in range MMM (to include a minimum of 13 merits) to DMM (to include a minimum of 7 distinctions).

Only science-based programmes are acceptable.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Offer in the range H4,H4,H4,H4,H4 to H3,H3,H3,H4,H4 to include one subject from the following: Geography, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, PE, IT, Home Economics.

Applicants are also required to have Higher Level English and Maths Grade H6 or above OR Ordinary Level Grade O4 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grade range CCDDD to CCCCC to include grade C in one subject from the following: Geography, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, PE, IT, Home Economics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grade range BC to CDD to include grade C in one subject from the following: Geography, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Math, PE, IT, Home Economics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points to include 12 at Higher Level to include a subject from the following: Geography, Economics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, PE, IT, Home Economics.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass science-based Access course with an overall mark in range 60 - 65% including level 3 modules in range 60 - 65%.


GCSE passes at grade C/grade 4 or above, or equivalent in Maths, English and double award science are required.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Essential / Key Skill in Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

English Language Requirements

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma.

A Level and BTEC National Diploma.

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159 or E:

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching is through a range of methods such as lectures, seminars and tutorials but with an emphasis on practical and field work. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations, or by coursework only. The assessment methods used in individual modules are specified in the module handbooks. Each module adopts its own assessment strategy and may include one or more of the following: essays; literature reviews/critical reviews; laboratory reports; fieldwork reports; field notebooks; individual and group project reports; problem analysis; research projects/dissertations; individual and group oral and poster presentations; class tests; web-site design and examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

Exemption from the first year is possible if you have obtained a satisfactory grade in a Higher National Diploma in an appropriate subject or in an equivalent qualification.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

An Environmental Science degree offers a broad scientific training and, with transferable and subject specific skills, offers a wide range of career choices. Our graduates have found employment as environmental consultants, environmental engineers, landscape planners, tourist officers, landscape architects, countryside wardens, environmental officers, research scientists, teachers (both primary and secondary), and many others in both the private and public sectors. Additional professional and/or postgraduate training might also be necessary. Many excellent one year postgraduate courses are available in this School and in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Work placement / study abroad

The four-year degree course enables students to undertake a one-year work placement (in Year 3) with an industry partner leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP). Alternatively, students can study in one of our partner universities in Europe in the USA through the Study USA or the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) and Australia or Tahiti. All of these international opportunities are available in Year 3 of the programme and lead to the award of a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). DPP and DIAS students return to the University for the final year of academic study.

Professional recognition

Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)

Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for associate membership.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Additional mandatory costs

Students will be expected to make contributions to the cost of residential fieldwork. Residential fieldwork takes place in all years of the programme. These costs associated with these trips may vary from year to year depending on destinations but across the three years may total approximately £400.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159

Course Director: Prof Phil Jordan
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4193