Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Our Environmental Science courses are based on the 15 “Most Wanted” skills identified from a national employer’s survey by the Natural Environment Research Council. Environmental Sciences is closely linked to one of Brunel’s flagship research institutes – the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies. The Institute aims for international excellence in all forms of research relating to the quality of the environment and our health and wellbeing. Our Environmental Sciences team are previous winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for two decades of pioneering research. Environmental scientists work to improve our impact on the natural world and there is a growing need for environmental scientists within the public, private and charitable sectors. Our graduates can progress to such roles as environmental practitioners, environmental analysts and environmental managers. We offer two flexible degree programmes in Environmental Sciences: Environmental Sciences BSc and Environmental Sciences MSci. You can choose between Environmental Sciences BSc as a three- year full-time course, a three-year full-time compressed sandwich course or a four-year full-time thick sandwich course. The Environmental Sciences MSci is offered as a four-year full-time course, a four-year compressed sandwich course or a five-year thick sandwich course. The compressed sandwich allows you to undertake a placement within the summer vacations instead of taking an extra year. This will help you to develop experience and contacts with an employer without extending the length of your degree. You’ll develop your employability skills on our Leadership for Sustainability module. Brunel’s on-campus Professional Development Centre offers workshops on employability. These cover networking, psychometric and aptitude testing, interview skills, teamwork exercises and developing your CV and cover letters. Our advisors in the Professional Development Centre will help you apply for placements in such areas as environmental protection, environmental management and consultancy, environmental compliance and sustainability, and environmental research. These placements will provide you with valuable work experience and contacts. You’ll benefit from our extensive, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and research laboratories. Fieldwork is an important element of the courses and you’ll attend at least two residential field trips (currently in Dorset and Tenerife). We also organise additional day field trips and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in optional research fieldwork. We work closely with the Environment Agency, who’ll be offering placements to students on both the Environmental Sciences BSc and MSci courses. Within these placements Brunel students will be addressing some of the world’s major environmental problems. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and you’ll benefit from free IES membership. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Scientist, bringing opportunities for networking and professional development. You’ll be taught by an award-winning research group. Our strong research culture enhances every aspect of the degree, from the lecture content to the development of the programme.

Course Modules

Typical modules include:

**Year one:** Biosphere; Earth System Science; Environmental Chemistry; Natural Hazards; Pre- Industrial Earth History; Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork I; Natural Environments Case Studies; Leadership for Sustainability I

**Year two**: Compulsory modules: Ecosystem Stressors; Climate Change; Environmental Pollution; Post-Industrial Earth History; Research Skills, GIS and Fieldwork II; Anthropocene Case Studies; Leadership for Sustainability II; Environmental Health.

Optional Modules: Biochemistry: Structure and Function; Introduction to Programming; Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics; Construction and Sustainability; Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering and Surveying

**Year three is spent on a year long professional placement.**

**Year four:** Compulsory modules: Sustainable Development; Environmental Governance; Planetary Health Case Studies; Individual Project; Leadership for Sustainability III. 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 Home Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £16,850 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 subsection