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Highly skilled environmental scientists play an important role in understanding our interactions with and impacts on the environment. This diverse course develops the interdisciplinary skills needed for a professional outlook supported by a broad understanding of the environment.

Introducing your degree

This diverse course will provide you with a professional outlook supported by a broad understanding of the environment. Our aim is to enable you to develop the interdisciplinary skills that you will require for a career as an environmental scientist in this exciting and fast-growing industry.


In your first semester, you will learn to think critically about the environment and apply research techniques. You will study how to manage projected impacts on the environment from development practices to resource usage.

In the second semester, you will develop your practical skills. You will learn to apply innovative research techniques, present arguments and understand how research funding works. Each semester, you will have the chance to specialise in a range of modules to suit your interests or chosen career path. For instance, Environmental Law and Management will enable you to apply your understanding of the legal and policy mechanisms that protect and enhance our environment.

The final part of the year will focus on individual research. You will complete an advanced research project and be encouraged to work with industry to demonstrate your newly-developed knowledge.

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Compulsory modules include: Environmental Impact Assessment; MSc Research Project; Advanced Quantitative Methods

Optional modules include: Sustainable Resource Management; Environmental Law and Management; Environmental Pollution; Geographical Information Systems for Environmental Consultants; Environmental Management Systems; Global Change Biology; Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis; Freshwater Ecosystems; Coastal Flood Defence; Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Energy Resources and Engineering; Coastal Morphodynamics; Waste Resource Management; Bioenergy.

Career Opportunities

“The opportunity to study several engineering modules during my time at Southampton has helped to provide context for the role I am currently in at AECOM, as I work alongside civil, structural and coastal engineers on a daily basis to deliver projects.”

Nicholas Stayt, Graduate Environmental Consultant (AECOM Infrastructure and Environment Limited)

“The structure of the course lends itself to engaging with external organisations. In several modules we were given the opportunity to work for Southampton Airport, giving us hands on experience with clients and meeting real world deadlines. In many respects this helped steer me towards a career in consultancy.”

Kate Godsmark, Graduate Environmental Consultant, WSP

Visit the Integrated Environmental Studies - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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