University of Aberdeen

Environmental Science is well-suited to employment in nature conservation, in government or non-government conservation organisations, and also in countryside departments of local government. Those who take the Physical Sciences option will have the training required to carry out analysis for certain types of pollutant monitoring and control. Generally, opportunities are available within environmental organisations such as the environmental protection agencies or within industries such as water companies or waste management.

First Year

First year students take core courses in Organismal Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science and Fundamentals and Applications of Chemistry.

Second Year

There are core courses in Community Ecology and Chemistry. Further courses can be chosen from a wide range of subjects including Chemistry, Geology, Biology and Geography.

Third Year (Junior Honours)

Courses are allocated to subject groups representing Physiochemical, Biological/Ecological, and Land-use and Related Subjects. Depending on which degree option students take, courses are selected from these subject groups to reflect the emphasis of the degree.

Fourth Year (Senior Honours)

Honours students undertake a supervised research project and a range of intensive courses relevant to their specialisation. Thus, students doing the Physical Sciences option will have a stronger emphasis on Chemistry than those studying the main Environmental Science programme.


Entry requirements

SQA Highers BBBB*
A Levels BBB*
*including good performance in at least two Mathematics/Science subjects.

Advanced Entry
Advanced Highers ABB or A Levels ABB, including Biology and Chemistry.

Course link: Environmental Science

Study options

Junior Honours 3 years - Senior Honours 4 years

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