Taught course

Environmental Science

University of Aberdeen · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Prospective students should normally have, or expected to be awarded, an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. However, enquiries are welcomed from all prospective students, regardless of first degree, who can demonstrate adequate level of competence and ability for postgraduate training. In recent years students who have completed the programme successfully have come from backgrounds including agriculture, biology, chemistry, ecology, geography, geology and zoology. Interviews will be required for applicants with non-conventional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Environmental Science programme looks at environmental pollution, core skills, soils for food security, GIS, analysis, land use, remediation, EIA, catchment management, ecological modelling plant ecology, and global soil geography to equip students with a solid range of required environmental science skills and knowledge to work in industry, consultancy and other discipline areas such as land use.

Our MSc/PgDip degree in Environmental Science was established in 1980 and capitalises on the strength of environmental research at the University of Aberdeen. The Environmental Science programme combines a diverse range of taught courses, practical work and a residential field trip through which we aim to provide a wide-ranging training in environmental science, applicable both to students with previous knowledge of a relevant sub-discipline and to those with little background in environmental science. We aim to provide students with theoretical knowledge, practical skills and an appreciation of the application of the subject, as well as students' communication and generic skills.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment38
Field course8

Course contact details

Postgraduate Taught Secretary
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