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Course summary

Explore some of the biggest environmental challenges of today and the future. On your four-year integrated Environmental Science masters you will explore how science and research can be applied to protect our planet in one of four specialist pathways: Aquatic Environments and Resources, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Change, and Sustainable Environmental Management. You will develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to tackle present and future environmental issues and our wide range of fieldwork will give you the skills to collect and analyse data. Previous field trips have used drones for remote sensing and studied salt marsh vegetation. With a four-year integrated masters degree you will be provided with more opportunities for field work than the BSc, as well as a masters-level research project and a work placement in your final year. Specialising in your chosen pathway, you will develop the advanced knowledge and skills required to tackle the complex major environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Geography and Environmental Science is ranked 7th in the Guardian best UK universities league table, 2023. Subject to revalidation.


In each year of study, you will complete compulsory modules, plus a further number relating to your chosen pathway. Core modules (for all four pathways): Year 1: Dangerous World Earth and Ocean System Ecology and Conservation Environmental Field Techniques and Applications Environmental Science: Concepts and Communication Environmental Science: Research and Applications Introduction to Marine Ecology and Evolution Quantitative Methods The Earth System Year 2: Environmental Pollution Introductory Geographic Information systems Researching the Environment: Literature Review and Project Preparation Water Pollution Plus two furter modules of your choice Year 3: Data Collection and Research Methods for Sustainability and Environmental Science Environmental Law and Management Individual Project Year 4: Advanced Research Project Work-Based Learning A full list of modules is available on the website course page: A full list of modules is available on the website course page:

Assessment method

You will be assessed in the following ways: coursework, laboratory reports and essays; debates; developing websites; individual and group projects; module journals; creative projects; design and problem solving exercises; dissertations; written and practical exams; oral presentations. You'll be supported by a personal academic tutor, and have access to a senior tutor.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C) We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage.

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in English. All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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