Environmental Science and Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

You’ll learn how humans relate to the natural environment, and how to address some of the biggest threats to the world’s environmental and ecological systems.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Placement year
3 Years/ 4 years with placement

UCAS code: FC7C

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Course Overview

Topical environmental issues (such as conservation, habitat management, biodiversity loss and climate change) require a strong understanding of how humans interact with the natural environment, and how we impact on different ecosystems. This dual honours course combines studies in the disciplines of Environmental Science and Biology to help you develop the theory and the practical, laboratory and field-based skills needed to analyse and tackle a wide range of environmental problems.

You’ll explore aspects of science such as biodiversity, evolution and biological processes, but you will also consider debates around genetic crop modification, nutrient loss and food security.

What will this mean for my future?

Environmental Science and Biology are interrelated disciplines which are highly relevant to many of the issues facing society today.

This means that graduates with this blend of skills are in demand from a wide range of employers. You could choose a career in conservation, or in environmental management or consultancy. Alternatively you might decide to work as a research scientist or to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Environmental Science Skills
  • Introductory Geology for the Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Introductory Environmental Chemistry
  • Diversity of Life
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution

Second year

  • Human Impacts on the Environment: Scientific Perspectives
  • Integrated Environmental Field Studies
  • Environmental Analytical Methods
  • Life at the Extremes
  • Research and Analytical Skills Current Topics in Biology

Third year

  • Applied Environmental Science Independent Research Project
  • Life Sciences Experimental Research Project
  • Life Sciences Research Project with Laboratory Skills Assessment
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement