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Environmental Science MSc

Course Description

The systematic approach of this MSc programme enables you to deal with all scales of the environment. Throughout your studies you will have various opportunities to participate in work outdoors and apply your classroom and field work knowledge to real life situations. You will also gain experience using a range of tools for biological, chemical and physical measurement as well as models and data handling methods. Most importantly, at Aberdeen you will be part of a community that will help improve your knowledge and awareness of environmental science.

Semester 1
Environmental Pollution
Core Skills in Environmental Science
Soils for Food Security
Applications of GIS

Plant Ecology
Global Soil Geography

Semester 2
Environmental Analysis
Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deeside
Remediation and Technology
Environmental Impact Assessment
Catchment Management
Ecological and Environmental Modelling

Semester 3
Project in Environmental Science

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

(Student Profile)

Nigel Turner

The MSc Environmental Science provided me with a broad and comprehensive background in environmental science, biology and chemistry, which allowed for a range of potential career directions. I currently work on contaminated land assessment and remediation.
Attributes I gained from the MSc, specifically the broad scope of my environmental expertise, computational pollutant fate modelling (and also statistical skills), scientific discipline and writing skills, which helped me secure this role.


SAAS Tuition fee and living cost loans - 20+ Awards

Postgraduate tuition fee loan
The funding available is a loan to help you pay all or some of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £3,400 for full-time courses, and up to £1,700 for part-time courses. If you choose to take out a loan to pay all or some of the fees, you will do so on the same terms as a student loan for living costs.
If you withdraw from your course, you may not be eligible for a loan to help with the cost of your fees. However, your university may still charge you fees for the time you have been on the course.Postgraduate living cost loan
Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan up to £4,500. To be eligible for the living-cost loan, in addition to meeting our eligibility conditions above, you must:
•be under 50 on the first day of the first academic year of your course of education (the relevant date); or
•Be aged 50 to 54 on the relevant date and plan to return to employment after completing your course
If you change course and are aged 55 or over on the relevant date of your new course, regardless of which year you enter your new course, you will not be entitled to a living-cost loan for your new course.
The living-cost loan is not available to part-time postgraduate students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,400 + £4,500


UK and EU students must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the EU or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date, usually 1 August). You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must also have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on the relevant date. If you have not been living in the UK, you may still qualify depending on your circumstances.

Application Procedure

see http://www.saas.gov.uk/how_to_apply/pg.htm

Further Information



James Henry Scott Scholarship 2017/18 - Single Award

Commence a one year MSc in:
Environmental Science
Environmental Management
Environmental Pollution and Remediation
Environmental and Ecological Sciences
Environmental and Forest Management

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fees and £12180 maintenance


Students from the People's Republic of China or Hong Kong.
Domiciled applicants in the UK will not be considered
Awarded on merit
Deadline 16 June 2017

Application Procedure

CV including grades to date
Covering letter
Personal statement
Send applications to:
[email protected]
View details of our degrees: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/

Further Information



Scottish Funding Council Scholarships - 8 Awards

The Scholarships cover tuition fees for:MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
MSc Ecology and Conservation
MSc Environmental Management
MSc Environmental and Ecological Sciences
MSc Environmental Pollution and Remediation
MSc Environmental Science
MSc Soil Science
MSc Environmental and Forest Management

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees


Apply by 23 July 2017 to be considered for a funding award based on merit.

Application Procedure

Find out more from University of Aberdeen Funding Database

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Honours degree in a relevant subject at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4, in a relevant subject area such as agriculture, biology, chemistry, ecology, geography, geology or zoology.

Last Updated

04 October 2016

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