Brunel University London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Sciences with Placement

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Course summary

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This course includes two placements carried out during the summer vacations within a three year degree. Our global temperature has increased to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. What is the impact of this and what will happen if it continues to rise? Studying Environmental Sciences at Brunel will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career that makes a difference to our planet. At Brunel you’ll develop your scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory and through field work. You’ll attend residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Our current trips take students to Dorset and Tenerife. Your first year will bring together many different disciplines. You’ll use physical, chemical and biological knowledge to develop an understanding of the Earth’s environment. Your course is based on the 15 “most wanted skills” identified from a national employer’s survey by the Natural Environment Research Council. This means that in addition to studying scientific topics, you’ll learn to use computer programs such as GIS, you’ll perform data analysis and be trained in areas such as public engagement, communication, leadership and teamwork.

Course details


Year 1

  • Biological Processes
  • Earth System Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • The Biosphere and Ecology
  • Natural History and the Environment
  • Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork I
  • Natural Environments Case Studies
  • Leadership for Sustainability I
Year 2 Compulsory modules
  • Ecosystem Stressors
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Pollution
  • The Sustainability Challenge
  • Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork II
  • Anthropocene Case Studies
  • Leadership for Sustainability II
Optional Modules
  • Environmental Health
  • Biochemistry: Structure and Function
  • Introductory Programming
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • Construction and Sustainability
  • Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering and Surveying
Year 3 Compulsory modules
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Governance
  • Planetary Health Case Studies
  • Leadership for Sustainability III
  • Individual Project
Optional modules
  • Pollution Solutions
  • Clean Technology
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Algorithms and their Applications
  • Software Development and Management
  • Civil Engineering Hydraulics
  • Water Engineering
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Development
  • Geotechnical Engineering
Your placement will be completed during the summer vacations between years 1 and 2 and between years 2 and 3 (there is no need for an extra year in the programme duration).

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeF854
Institution code B84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD in any subject
Access to HE Diploma Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma Science, Engineering or Environmental Science with 45 credits at Level 3.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD in any subject with A level grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D in any subject with A levels grade BC
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in any subject
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD in any subject and an A level Grade B
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) D in any subject with 2 A Levels at grade BC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD in any subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD in any subject with A level grade B
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D in any subject with A levels grade BC

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT)79with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17
PTE Academic51with a minimum of 51 in all subscores

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £17355* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Environmental Sciences with Placement at Brunel University London - UCAS