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Course summary

Environmental conditions on our planet are rapidly approaching a critical state. We are facing issues such as:

  • global climate change
  • deoxygenation and acidification of our oceans
  • pollution in various environments
  • environmental degradation
Do you want to learn more, and help solve these challenges? Then this degree is for you. What is environmental geoscience? Environmental geoscience provides a holistic understanding of the factors influencing environmental conditions on Earth. Environmental geoscientists play a vital role when assessing environmental challenges from local to global scales. This expertise is crucial within the framework of a sustainable environment. With this degree, you will:
  • explore the conditions of Earth's past so you can protect its future
  • evaluate the risks related to critical environmental issues of global importance
  • be able to use your expertise to inform discussions on addressing acute environmental challenges
Our degree will help you play a valuable role in our transition to a fairer and more sustainable society. Making a difference starts here. Are you ready? What will I learn? Our BSc Environmental Geosciences degree prepares you for a wide range of careers within environmental geosciences and beyond. It carefully balances data science, programming, and computing skills with traditional field and laboratory skills, along with understanding the functioning of the Earth's environment. You will study a comprehensive range of topics related to the environment, and the factors shaping environmental conditions on Earth. For example, we will address the physical, chemical and biological processes that control the world's oceans, atmosphere and ecosystems. We will pay particular attention to processes that connect the various environmental settings - how a change in one area will affect other areas. You will develop the crucial skills needed to address important challenges, including:
  • How can we predict and mitigate the effects of global climate change?
  • What tools can we use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere?
  • Why is our planet able to sustain life?
  • How can we reduce the effects of environmental pollution?
  • Will changes in seawater properties affect the ocean's role as a food source?
  • How does the increased CO2 concentration in seawater affect life in the ocean?
Many of your activities will simulate those that professionals perform in the real world. You will also learn sought-after computational analysis and quantitative skills and gain experience in:
  • acquiring, analysing, assessing and presenting a wide range of data
  • computing skills including programming and use of specialist software
  • computer modelling
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • using a range of specialist laboratory techniques
  • applying observational and sample collection techniques in the field
We also have an extensive network of experts contributing to this degree. Together, we help ensure your degree has real-world relevance and make you highly sought after by employers. Additionally, this degree offers you flexibility in your studies. You'll be able to build your degree around topics you are curious or passionate about. Our staff can also help you design an interdisciplinary curriculum by choosing option courses from other disciplines. Open to a world of possibilities We are one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers, Earth and environmental scientists in the UK.
  • We have pioneered research proving human-caused greenhouse gasses are warming our planet, which helped underpin the 2015 Paris Agreement.
  • We are working with major space agencies to monitor the environment using satellite data.
  • We are 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
Our staff will incorporate the latest research in your teaching, and share our discoveries with you.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Direct entry to second year is available; see our website for entry requirements. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic62Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £34800 Year 1
International £34800 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Environmental Geoscience at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS