Ecological and Environmental Sciences at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

If you are:

  • passionate about the environment
  • the relationship between humans and nature
  • concerned about our impact on the planet
Then 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
This degree will help you address some of our planet's greatest environmental challenges. What is ecological and environmental science?
  • Ecological sciences study how organisms interact with each other and their physical, chemical and biological environments.
  • Environmental science is an integrated science. We apply biological, chemical and physical sciences to understand the natural environment and how it is changing.
Understanding both is important for managing changing environments for a more sustainable future. What will I learn? Our programme has a strong focus on data-driven innovation and computational analysis. Demand is growing for these data skills across many employment sectors. We will teach you how to:
  • understand ecological and environmental issues
  • design strategies for sample collection
  • make ecological and environmental measurements
  • critically evaluate ecological data sets using modern statistical analysis
  • measure progress and efficiency of conservation and environmental management plans
  • use enhanced planning and management skills to develop solutions to environmental problems
  • understand the science to contribute to difficult management questions and policy
  • understand conflicts between humans and the natural world and how human pressures are changing our planet
An extraordinary reputation We are one of the largest and most successful groupings of geographers, Earth and environmental scientists in the UK. Many of us are world experts in our field and can help you gain valuable real-world experience to produce meaningful change. You will have many networking and potential employment opportunities. Our staff will include their latest research in your teaching and share our discoveries in a range of areas, from the tropics to the poles. Your dissertation also offers practical experience and a chance to align with potential employers and real-world issues.
  • We are 22nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2024.
  • We are also in the world's top 50 and the UK's top 10 universities for natural sciences, environmental sciences, Earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).
Through this programme, you are directly linked to researchers from world-leading research centres such as The Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments (ACE). ACE is a leading centre in multidisciplinary research to address how populations can adapt to our rapidly changing world. Our Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes is also linked to this degree.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification 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.We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
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 Academic65Total 65 with at least 54 in each component. We do not accept PTE Academic Online.

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). Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £36800 Year 1
International £36800 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.
Ecological and Environmental Sciences at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS