What will I learn?

Course informationThis four-year course will see you cultivate a wide range of skills and knowledge, whilst discovering how you can make a difference to our world. You will have the opportunity to build a degree that suits your interests, focusing your studies on one theme or constructing a more varied profile as you wish.You’ll also gain important field skills and have the chance to put them into practice on field trips to locations such as Spain, Ireland or Greece, as well as the UK. Your year in industry will give you first-hand knowledge of your chosen field and generate crucial employer contacts to give you an advantage in the job market.Upon graduation you will be well equipped to follow one of a wide range of environmental careers or use your skills to pursue other graduate opportunities.You will be joining one of Europe’s best-respected Environmental Science schools and a degree programme that is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). That means that on graduating, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the IES, giving you access to networking and professional development opportunities.After graduating you may choose to progress to a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) status. This will demonstrate to employers your commitment to continuing to develop the knowledge and skills gained in your degree.Our course is renowned for its quality and teaching excellence. We scored 97% for overall satisfaction in Physical Geography and Environmental Science in the 2017 National Student Survey.Course StructureThis four-year degree programme begins with a year of compulsory modules to establish your knowledge on essential topics. You will then select from optional modules in your second and fourth years, allowing you to direct your own studies and take as broad or focused a path as you wish. In your final year you will also undertake an independent research project on a subject of your choice.Year 1Our core compulsory modules will introduce you to the general scientific principles that govern our environment, and how they interact in some of the major challenges facing global society today. You’ll develop your technical skills within the Research and Field Skills module, as well as in maths or quantitative skills-based modules.Year 2With a solid foundation built, you will now enjoy the freedom to tailor your course around your own interests. You will learn from research leaders in a range of modules across the broad areas of earth sciences, atmospheres and oceans, ecology, energy and social sciences – as well as interdisciplinary and skills-based modules.Year 3You will spend 9-12 months working in industry to gain real life experience of working within environmental sciences. You could work in an environmental consultancy, in local or national government, a charity or a commercial organisation.Our well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond will help you secure the best possible placement for you. Positions are usually paid, but the amounts vary.Year 4In your final year research project you’ll investigate a specialist area in professional depth with one-to-one support from an academic supervisor. You will select a further four modules from a range that again spans all areas of Environmental Sciences, including topics such as Climate Systems, Geophysical Hazards and Environmental Consultancy. Third year field courses available to you will include Geosciences (Spain, Ireland or Greece, depending on the year) and Environmental Sciences (Spain).

Which department am I in?

School of Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£20,200.00 (US$ 24,925) per year
This is a provisional fee yet to be approved

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020


Main Site

University of East Anglia,



NR4 7TJ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have ACT; Advanced Placement Test AP Test Grade of 3; Associate Degree; GCE A-Levels; High School Diploma Quality Point of 3.3; International Baccalaureate. 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each component.

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About this uni

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a highly ranked British university situated in the vibrant and historical city of Norwich, UK.

  • Awarded Gold (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017-2020)
  • UK Top 15 University (The Times/The Sunday Times 2019)
  • 10th in the UK for the quality of its research outputs
  • World Top 200 (THE World Rankings 2019)