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An Environmental Science degree at Aberdeen will allow you to understand more about the environment from the local to global scale. It will allow you to appreciate the impact humans are having on the environment and how it can be managed. During the Environmental Science degree you will study an interdisciplinary programme which includes Environmental Biology, Geography and Geology, Soil Science, and Chemistry. This degree will enable you to explore the science of all these topics, taught by experts who are actively involved in environmental science research.

An Environmental Science degree at Aberdeen will allow you to understand more about the environment from the local to global scale. It will allow you to appreciate the impact humans are having on the environment and how it can be managed. During the Environmental Science degree you will study an interdisciplinary programme which includes Environmental Biology, Geography and Geology, Soil...

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Course Content

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years.

  • Year 1

All students take eight courses in year 1. This is a combination of core compulsory courses and an optional course chosen from across the university disciplines.

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009) - 15 Credit Points

Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012) - 15 Credit Points

The Earth Through Geological Time (GL1005) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511) - 15 Credit Points

Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512) - 15 Credit Points

Global Worlds, Local Challenges (GG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Earth's Materials (GL1505) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from first-half session courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year 2 you will study courses in Life Sciences, Ecology, Plant and Soil Biology and Conservation Biology. Further courses can be chosen from a wide range of subjects including Chemistry, Geology, Biology and Geography.

Compulsory Courses

Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology (BI2020) - 15 Credit Points

Physical Environments (GG2013) - 15 Credit Points

Conservation Biology (BI2509) - 15 Credit Points

Plants, People, and the Environment (BI25P4) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory courses in year 3 include Soils for Food Security, Global Soil Geography, Ecosystem Processes, Environmental Analysis and Statistics. Optional courses can be selected from a range of animal or plants sciences or applied sciences.

Compulsory Courses

Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010) - 15 Credit Points

Global Soil Geography (EV3001) - 15 Credit Points

Ecosystem Processes (PL3304) - 15 Credit Points

Society and Environment (BI3507) - 15 Credit Points

Environmental Analysis (EV3802) - 15 Credit Points

Soils for Food Security (PL3309) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from second half-session courses of choice.

  • Year 4

In year 4, the Honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing advanced courses of your choosing.

Compulsory Courses

SBS Honours Project (Semester 1) (BI4016) - 45 Credit Points

Environmental Pollution (BI4301) - 15 Credit Points

Environmental Impact Assessment (EV4802) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 45 credit points from courses of choice, at least 15 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Science.

NOTE: A graduating curriculum for the Honours programme must include 90 credit points from Level 4 courses.

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years. Year 1 All students take eight courses in year 1. This is a combination of core compulsory courses and an optional...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas,...

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