Environmental Science BSc offers a thorough understanding of the Earth's physical and chemical processes, and the interaction between the many aspects of our environment. You can also tailor the degree to your interests.
Our wide range of expertise allows us to offer interdisciplinary insights into real-world environmental problems. You'll have contact with practising experts - staff and visiting speakers.
You'll encounter the issues confronting environmental managers or aid workers. You'll learn the skills you need to understand scientific issues and apply scientific techniques to environmental problems.
You'll be trained in data collection and analysis and will refine your research skills in a major project. You'll also have hands-on field training.
Our graduates are well placed to enter employment or postgraduate education, with deep knowledge and valuable transferable and environmental skills.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".
We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year. Read Environmental Science (International) MGeol, BSc.
We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.
If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you'll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) so you can be assured that it meets high standards, contains a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector.
Enrolling on this programme means you can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.
'The solid, broad-based environmental knowledge and professional skills I developed help me work confidently alongside environmental regulators, academics and industry.' Read more James Bone, BSc Environmental Science
The programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest through our specialist pathways.
Five specialist pathways run throughout the programme and you'll be introduced to all of them in your first year, choosing those that interest you most in subsequent years:
The Earth pathway explores the Earth's lithosphere, geological and sedimentary processes, and interactions with the climate system and natural resources
The Atmosphere pathway focuses on meteorology, climate and air pollution
The Water pathway studies global- and regional-scale processes in oceans, rivers and ice sheets
The Bio (Biogeoscience and Ecology) pathway covers both global and local ecosystems and their interactions
The Environmental Management pathway examines human influences on the environment and related issues such as energy and food security
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including two from biology, chemistry, geology, geography, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.
GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language or Mathematics qualification.
Studying Environmental Science at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers. The solid science basis of the programme and the fieldwork associated with it add value to your degree in areas including environmental monitoring, consultancy, land remediation and environmental protection. The transferable skills you gain will also help you to succeed in the wider graduate employment market.
Your employment prospects can be further enhanced by an MSc degree, and we offer a number of vocational Earth and Environment Masters degrees in Leeds, with industry-sponsored scholarships and other funds available, as well as funding only available to Leeds graduates.
The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
'Environmental awareness had been always been instilled in me. A career in environmental science is a job with tangible benefits.' Read more Liz Metcalfe, BSc Environmental Science
Study abroad and work placements
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don't apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you've enrolled on the 3-year degree.
To be eligible for Study Abroad you'll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.
The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
You may also be interested in our integrated Masters, which includes a year studying in Australia, Canada or the USA. Read Environmental Science (International) MGeol, BSc.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year industrial degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.
You can choose this option in advance, by applying directly to Environmental Science (Industrial) BSc. You can also start on this degree and register your interest in this exciting opportunity after you begin.
The School has strong connections with industry and will help you through the search, application and interview process. You may end up working in or near Leeds, near your home, or perhaps overseas. The School will provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and will support you during your placement, liaising with your employer to ensure that your work is of value to your academic development.
Students who choose the Year in Industry option frequently receive attractive offers of employment when they graduate. The employability benefits include opportunities to:
Read more about Year in Industry on the Year in industry on the School website.
Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. The Environmental Science programme at Leeds includes a variety of field course destinations in the UK during Years 1 and 2 that are an important part of the programme and are very closely integrated with lectures and module coursework. Optional field trips and a research project in Year 3 offer you the chance to undertake specialist field research in a topic area of your choice.
'On our field trip to the Lake District I was able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice, investigating acid mine drainage, which later inspired my MSc course and PhD.' Read more James Bone, BSc Environmental Science
'My dissertation fieldwork in the Kalahari region of Botswana and Namibia, looking at soil crusts as indicators of land degradation, was a life-changing experience for me.' Read more Liz Metcalfe, BSc Environmental Science
Related coursesEnvironmental Science (Industrial) BSc
Environmental Science (International) MEnv, BSc