Are you passionate about interactions between humans and the natural world? Are you concerned about our impact on the planet? Ecological and environmental sciences may be for you. Our world is suffering from:
- rapid climate change
- the over-exploitation of natural resources
- the degradation of natural habitats
- Ecological sciences study how organisms interact with each other, as well as their physical, chemical and biological environment.
- Environmental science is an integrated science. We apply biological, chemical and physical sciences to understand the natural environment and how it is changing.
- understand environmental issues
- design robust strategies for sample collection
- make ecological and environmental measurements
- realise the significance of results to manage conservation and environmental protection assessments
- use enhanced planning and management skills to develop solutions to environmental problems
- understand the science to contribute to difficult management questions and policy
- be aware of conflicts between humans and the natural world - and how humans are changing our planet
- learn about the human pressures attached to natural processes in our modern world
- We are 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022.
- We are in the world's top 50 and the UK's top 10 universities for natural sciences, environmental sciences, geography, earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
- Learn from ecological and environmental scientists at the forefront of their fields. We are delivering world-leading research in a range of areas from the tropics to the poles.
- Enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks.
- Get advice and guidance with our dedicated Careers Service.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
Direct entry to second year is available. 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
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92||Total 92 with at least 20 in each component (including Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Total 176 with at least 162 in each component.|
|Trinity ISE||ISE II with distinctions in all four components.|
|PTE Academic||62||Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.|
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence. 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; GCSE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate at 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, Trinity ISE, or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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