Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This course includes a placement year carried out between years 2 and 3.

Our global temperature has increased to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. What is the impact of this and what will happen if it continues to rise? Studying Environmental Sciences at Brunel will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career that makes a difference to our planet.

At Brunel you’ll develop your scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory and through field work. You’ll attend residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Our current trips take students to Dorset and Tenerife.

Your first year will bring together many different disciplines. You’ll use physical, chemical and biological knowledge to develop an understanding of the Earth’s environment.

Your course is based on the 15 “most wanted skills” identified from a national employer’s survey by the Natural Environment Research Council. This means that in addition to studying scientific topics, you’ll learn to use computer programs such as GIS, you’ll perform data analysis and be trained in areas such as public engagement, communication, leadership and teamwork.

Course Modules

Year 1

- Biological Processes

- Earth System Science

- Environmental Chemistry

- The Biosphere and Ecology

- Natural History and the Environment

- Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork I

- Natural Environments Case Studies

- Leadership for Sustainability I

Year 2

Compulsory modules

- Ecosystem Stressors

- Climate Change

- Environmental Pollution

- The Sustainability Challenge

- Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork II

- Anthropocene Case Studies

- Leadership for Sustainability II

Optional Modules

- Environmental Health

- Biochemistry: Structure and Function

- Introductory Programming

- Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

- Construction and Sustainability

- Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering and Surveying

Year 3

- Placement year

Year 4

Compulsory modules

- Sustainable Development

- Environmental Governance

- Planetary Health Case Studies

- Leadership for Sustainability III

- Individual Project

Optional modules

- Pollution Solutions

- Clean Technology

- Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

- Ecology and Conservation

- Public Health

- Epidemiology

- Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity

- Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

- Algorithms and their Applications

- Software Development and Management

- Civil Engineering Hydraulics

- Water Engineering

- Sustainable Construction

- Sustainable Infrastructure Development

- Geotechnical Engineering

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £17,355 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test60% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsectionTOEFL (iBT)79.0with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17PTE Academic51.0with a minimum of 51 in all subscores