Environmental Science

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


An Environmental Science degree at Aberdeen will allow you to understand more about the environment on a local and global scale. It will allow you to appreciate the impact humans are having on the environment and how it can be managed.

This programme includes elements of Environmental Biology, Geography and Geology, Soil Science and Chemistry. This degree will enable you to explore the science of all these topics, taught by experts who are actively involved in environmental science research.

Year 1: Frontiers in Biological Sciences; Diversity of Life 1 and 2; The Earth through Geological Time; Ecology and Environmental Science; Global Worlds, Local Challenges; Earth’s Materials.

Year 2: Biological Enhanced Skills Training; Ecology; Physical Environments; Conservation Biology; Plants, People and the Environment.

Year 3: Statistical Analysis of Biological Data; Global Soil Geography; Ecosystem Processes; Soils for Food Security; Environmental Analysis; Society and Environment.

Year 4: You will carry out a research project and complete advanced courses such as: Environmental Impact Assessment, Remediation Technology, Environmental Pollution, or Environmental Management Plan among others.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including two maths or science subjects at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals