Taught course

Environmental Science MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Biological Sciences

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Environmental issues surround us from air pollution to marine pollution to managing our environment for future generations to enjoy, Enquiries are welcome irrespective of first degree to study Environmental Science at MSc level. Courses include: Environmental Pollution, Core Skills in Environmental Science, Applications of GIS, Plant Ecology, Global Soil Geography, Soils for Food Security, Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deesside, Remediation Technology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Catchment Management, Ecological and Environmental Modelling, Environmental Analysis, Society and Environment, Hydrocarbon Risk Assessment and Remediatiion, Ecology Conservation and Society, Environmental Management Plan and your project. Some of these courses are optional.

You gain a solid range of environmental science skills and knowledge to work in industry, consultancy and other disciplines area such as land use.You study environmental pollution and the core skills required to analyse:

  • Soils for food security
  • GIS, analysis
  • Land use
  • Remediation
  • EIA
  • Catchment management
  • Ecological modelling plant ecology
  • Global soil geography

Our MSc/PgDip degree in Environmental Science was established in 1980 and capitalises on the strength of environmental research at the University of Aberdeen. It 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.

Industry Links and Careers

Our department has a lot of links to various organisations such as DEFRA SEPA, the Scottish Government, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Agency. In the city we also have the James Hutton Institute which specialises in earth and soil science and our research team work with many institutes and organisations globally to be number one for research (REF 2014) Careers can be many and varied and continue to open up within consultancy, further professional specialist in pollution areas, researchers, analyst, regulators, testing of air, water and soil quality, monitoring hazards such as floods and climate events and their effects on basic life concerns and much more.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You have wide ranging experience in lectures, labs and fieldwork in the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire, combining your studies with enjoyment of nature and wonderful scenery. There are also field stations at OceanLab, famous for deep see life discovery, Ythan Estuary, Cromarty Lighthouse, Moray Firth, Bettyhill and Enhallow on Orkney, all stunning places in their own right.
  • The team that teaches you are highly distinguished researchers and award winners and Environmental Science is ranked 1st for excellence (REF 2014). The team also win awards and work with retailers to improve testing equipment for example

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September
  • Delivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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