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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study

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International course fees
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About Environmental Science at Bath Spa University

Gain biological and geographical perspectives of the environment with this hands-on course.

  • Taught by professionals who are enthusiastic, committed, and supportive.
  • Opportunity to specialise - design a programme, suited to your interests and aspirations.
  • Emphasis on practical and fieldwork - opportunities within the UK and abroad.

Climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental mismanagement, energy use, wastes management, sustainability, and protection of natural systems are among the planet's most pressing problems. We'll help you understand these issues and develop the skills to do something about them. Expect to 'get your hands dirty'! We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so that you'll develop the sort of practical skills that employers look for.

'The campus was perfect for an Environmental Science course, as the natural world was just on the doorstep.'

Ewan Gibson, Environmental Science, Graduated 2014

What you'll learn


This course will give you knowledge of Environmental Science from biological and geographical perspectives. You can design a programme of study to suit your interests and career aspirations.

You have the option to specialise in such areas as: aquatic environments; environmental protection and conservation; science communication; science communication; and earth systems. Optional topics include: marine biology; climatology; sustainable development; river and coastal management; environmental hazards; environmental consultancy; and biodiversity assessment.

You can pick which of these topics you'll study, alongside core topics such as ecology, environmental management, and sustainability.

Course structure

Year 1
Environmental science is a wide-ranging subject; at Bath Spa it is studied from two related perspectives: biological and geographical. You'll cover both these aspects in Year 1, along with biodiversity and conservation. You also select another module to suit your particular interests, such as global food issues, global development, or earth environments.

Year 2
You'll study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth - in particular ecology and environmental management/sustainability. There is also a wide range of further topics to choose from, either building your course around your particular career aspirations, or keeping your options open with a more general approach. Topics include applied microbiology; biodiversity; river and coastal systems; environmental hazards; climate change and sustainability; and science communication. You'll have plenty of opportunity to do practical work in the field and laboratory. And you also have the opportunity to further enhance your employability skills with a work placement.

Year 3
Now you'll choose a subject to research in depth through your dissertation, and select optional modules from topics as wide-ranging as animal behaviour, nature conservation, climatology, marine biology, plants and people, digital imaging, development and disasters, and coastal and river management. You'll also continue to have plenty of opportunity to develop your practical skills with project work on campus and residential fieldtrips in the UK and abroad. And you can also bring in modules from other areas if you want to develop interests in managing sustainability, science publishing, preparing to be a freelancer or starting your own business.

How will I be assessed?

You'll generally be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination.

How will I be taught?

We offer an excellent learning environment, with small class sizes. Staff and students are on first name terms and you'll be assigned a Personal Tutor from day one. We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so you can develop practical skills that are highly valued by employers.

You'll be taught in relevant, challenging and interesting ways, including: lectures; laboratory practicals; seminars; simulations of professional practice; fieldwork-based projects; tutorials; and interpretation exercises. You'll be taught by professionals who are trained to teach.


Environmental Science with a year in professional practice (UCAS code: K923)

Subject to approval, you can opt to take a year in professional practice ('sandwich year') between your level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) studies.

This placement will enable you to put theory into practice, build professional networks and meet and work with potential employers. It will also help with work management and give you experience to bring back to your studies in your final year.

Your degree title will include the phrase 'with a year in professional practice', so it is clear to all employers that you have this experience as part of your degree.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus programmes in a variety of countries including Spain and Finland.

Field trips

Fieldwork and practical work is an important part of the course; you'll go beyond the lecture theatre to study a range of environments and habitats. Many are available on site - our Newton Park campus has a rich variety of terrestrial and aquatic environments. We also offer opportunities to venture further afield, in day-long and residential field trips in the UK and beyond. Please note some of these activities may have additional costs.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Short-term work experience is available in the Second Year optional Work Placement module. A year-long placement in professional practice is available within our sandwich degree. Our students have worked with organisations such as Somerset Earth Science Centre, Ecosulis ecological consultancy, county Wildlife Trusts, and Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.

Alumni careers

Students have gone into roles including: Assistant Ecological Consultant; Land Management and Conservation Adviser; Policy Adviser at Defra; and Waste Awareness Officer. Example employers include:

  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Ecosulis ecological consultancy
  • Soil Association
  • The Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]

Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes, leading to a teaching qualification (PGCE), MSc or PhD.

Competitions and awards

Each year we award prizes to our students. These are: Best Environmental Science student (at each of Years 1, 2 and 3), and for our graduating cohort, Oxford University Press Achievement in Biosciences Prize, Royal Society of Biology Top Student Award, and the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Outstanding Student in Wastes Management Award.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a range of facilities including our:


A wide range of analytical instruments, field and mapping equipment, and ICT resources are available for Environmental Science students.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course


UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 Year 2 Published Jan 2019 Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students who are passionate about the environment. You'll be interested in environmental issues and want to do something about them.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC- CCC with Grade C in Science or Geography related subject
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a science or related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of study in Science preferred.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.

    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.

    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.

    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.

    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.

    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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