Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This course includes two placements carried out during two summer vacations within a four year degree.

Our planet is constantly evolving. What are the major challenges faced by our global environment and how are todays actions going to affect tomorrow’s world? Follow your passion to make a difference by studying for an Environmental Sciences MSci. From deforestation to waste disposal or natural resource depletion to global warming, Brunel’s Environmental Sciences MSci will provide you with the foundations to pursue a career that makes a difference to our world.

**Studying for an MSci means that you’ll graduate with an integrated master’s.** From your employers perspective you’ll stand out from the crowd because you’ll have developed your skills to a greater depth than you would on the BSc. The MSci will give you the chance to specialise in an important Environmental Science area of your choice. At Brunel you’ll develop your scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory and through field work.

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

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

Year 4

Compulsory modules

- Group Project

Optional modules

- Climate Change: Science and Impacts

- Biosphere II

- GIS and Data Analysis

- Environmental Law

- Environmental Management

- Integrated Pollution

- Environmental Monitoring

- Priority Pollutants and Human Health Effects

- Essentials In Ecotoxicology

- Designing, Analysing and Interpreting (Eco) Toxicological Studies

- Reproductive Toxicology and Endocrine Disruption

- Big Data Analytics

- Data Visualisation

- Quantitative Data Analysis

- Water Infrastructure Engineering

- Water Treatment Engineering

- Water Process Engineering

Your placement will be completed during the summer vacations between years 1 and 2 and between years 2 and 3 (there is no need for an extra year in the programme duration).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) £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