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Environmental Science is a highly interdisciplinary topic that requires scientists to develop and possess an in-depth understanding of issues and topics ranging from pollution to ecological interactions and biological responses of species. The broad range of courses offered as part of the Environmental Science programme at Aberdeen reflects this and allows students to select courses that better reflect their own interests.

You will learn the essential aspects relating to environmental science at an advanced level. Our courses in pollution control , soil management, land use and remediation methods, catchment management and ecology, data analysis and study planning will provide you with the knowledge and skills sought by employers. These are supplemented with skills in environmental management planning, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

As part of the programme, you will have regular interactions with scientists, experts from consultancies, government and non-government organisations and other stakeholders directly involved in a range of environmental issues.

You will take part in a week-long residential course at Ballater, within the Cairngorms National Park, focusing on ecosystem management within national parks. During this field course you will gain experience carrying out environmental sampling as well as interacting with people involved in the management of the National Park.

Courses listed for the programme

MSc Environmental Science

Semester 1

  • Environmental Pollution
  • Core Skills in Environmental Science

Optional

  • Plant Ecology
  • Global Soil Geography
  • Soils for Food Security

Semester 2

  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deeside

Optional

  • Remediation and Technology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Catchment Management
  • Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Ecology, Conservation and Society
  • Environmental Management Plan

Semester 3

  • Project in Environmental Science

MRes Environmental Science

Semester 1

  • Environmental Pollution
  • Core Skills in Environmental Science

Optional

  • Global Soil Geography
  • Plant Ecology
  • Soils for Food Security

Semester 2

  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • Land Use and the Changing Environment
  • Environmental Science Research and Investigation

Optional

  • Remediation Technology
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Catchment Management
  • Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  • Ecology, Conservation and Society
  • Environmental Management Plan

Semester 3

  • Project in Environmental Science

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You have great natural and industrial resources to apply skills in outdoor field work at Ballater plus several day trips from Aberdeen allowing you to apply your skills whilst enjoying the scenery
  • Further research field stations are available at OceanLab, Cromarty Lighthouse on the Black Isle, Bettyhill and Eynehallow in Orkney
  • We are No.1 in the UK for research in earth systems and environmental sciences (REF 2014)
  • You are taught by internationally renowned experts in their field who have contributed to a greenhouse calculator used by Unilever and Marks and Spencer amongst others and many other academics with impressive CVs across academia and industry

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

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Visit the Environmental Science MSc or MRes page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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