Ecology and environmental science

​Thinking about studying ecology and environmental science at university?

Studying ecology and environmental science degree programs at university can be extremely rewarding, and prepare you for an exciting graduate career. You’ll have the opportunity to tackle environmental challenges head-on, and learn everything you need to know about overcoming them both nationally and internationally.

BSc Environmental science and ecology courses usually sit within a ‘School of Natural Sciences’ or ‘Biology Department’ within a larger university, rather than being offered by bespoke ‘Environmental Science Universities’. This means that you’ll be taught by lecturers and academic staff who are experts in their field, with a broad range of specialisms.

At the University of Gloucestershire our biology courses ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction and 11th for research intensity (biological sciences) according to the Complete University Guide 2020.

Ecology and Environmental science courses

At the University of Gloucestershire we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Environmental Science and Ecology.

Ecology and Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Our undergraduate Ecology and Environmental Science BSc (Hons) degree focuses on key themes and issues within ecology and environmental science, and prepares you for a rewarding graduate career addressing the environmental challenges that face our planet.

Through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures, our teaching and research means that you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest environmental knowledge.

You’ll be taught by academic experts within the field who have been awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally recognised for their frontline research in environmental science.

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Applied Ecology MSc

Our Applied Ecology MSc course provides the perfect opportunity to explore your environmental science and ecology skillset at a postgraduate level. Through highly practical hands-on exercises in both field and laboratory settings, you’ll cover identification skills for a wide range of species as well as industry-standard survey techniques.

You’ll be given the opportunity to work with various organisations including wildlife trusts, nature reserve managers, charities and public authorities to further enhance your skills and build a professional network.

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BSc Environmental science syllabus

Our Ecology and Environmental Science BSc (Hons) course offers a varied syllabus with core modules including Fundamentals of Ecology, Managing Valued Environments, Earth Systems & Processes, Biostatistics and Ecological impact assessment.

In addition to a variety of core modules, a number of optional modules can also be chosen which include Marine Biology, Fluvial Hydrosystems, Ice Age Earth and Wildlife Conservation.

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Environmental studies degree entry requirements

For our undergraduate Ecology and Environmental Science degree you will usually need around 112 UCAS tariff points in order to be able to apply, which is equal BBC at A-Level, DMM at BTEC or equivalent. You can also use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required number of UCAS points. You can find out more about UCAS tariff points on the UCAS website and calculate how many points you have.

For our postgraduate Applied Ecology degree, you will usually need at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. We particularly welcome applicants with qualifications or experience in areas such as biology, animal biology, ecology, zoology, geography or environmental sciences.

Environmental degrees: The next steps

Interested in studying Ecology or Environmental Science at university and applying for one of our Ecology or Environmental courses? Applications for undergraduate Ecology or Environmental degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate graphic design degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree

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