Postgraduate courses in Environmental Science

If you have an interest in the environment and learning about the problems and solutions that face the environment everyday, why not consider a postgraduate course in Environmental Science? 

If you’re interested in such a course, we have the information you’ll need to kick start your research. 

Take a look. 

What is Environmental Science?

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates physical, biological and informational sciences to the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems. It draws on subjects such as ecology, geology, meteorology, biology and chemistry, to name a few. 

Courses

Postgraduate courses in Environmental Science are on offer across the UK and a number of them allow students to study full time or part time. Full course overviews and specific information on each course can be found on University websites. Examples of courses available are:

Environmental Science

These courses aim to train students to recognize and understand the threats and conflicts in the environment today and know the steps that are involved in order to develop solutions. In studying these courses, students should be able to deal with all scales of of the environment. 

Environmental Science and Management

Students will develop knowledge skills and critical analysis in environmental sciences and learn about its application to the management of natural resources. Students will be prepared for a wide range of careers in environmental consultancy and business and environmental research. 

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 

Students will gain a knowledge in the importance of environmental concepts, principles and methods, the socio-economic context of environmental issues and the legal framework for environmental regulation and the human causes and consequences of environmental impacts, to name a few key focuses.

Environmental Pollution Control

A course in Environmental Pollution Control will provide training for careers in air, water and waste pollution management. Students explore the scientific basis of pollution and practical approaches to its control. 

There are many other course options on offer such as Environmental Consultancy, Water Resources Management and more. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements from course to course may differ but as this is a postgraduate course, an undergraduate degree is necessary to apply. Some courses may require a 2.1 degree in order to apply while others may require a 2.2 degree. Specific entry requirements can be found on course overviews or on University websites. 

Job options

Examples of jobs options you may have are:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Waste management officer

Typical employers

  • Environmental consultancies
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Local authorities
  • Environmental monitoring agencies
  • Nature conservation organisations
  • Charitable trust
  • Government departments

Salary expectation

Just like a lot of other jobs in many fields, your salary in this field can increase with experience. There are many job options and routes you can take with this postgraduate degree but we will take an environmental scientist  for reference. 

  • 1-4 years: £23,945 (average)
  • 5-9 years: £29519 (average)

Skills and requirements

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Work well with others and on your own
  • Problem solver
  • An investigative mind
  • Critical thinker
  • Observation skills
  • Innovative thinker
  • Good with statistics

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