Why study environmental sciences?

The world is becoming more crowded, more consuming, and more connected; technological advances put growing pressure on our environment. 

The natural world is complex and not well understood, and human actions can have unexpected consequences that are hard to reverse. The study of how physical and biological processes maintain life, and how humans affect nature, requires a broad interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to the natural sciences, social sciences provide insights into why people behave as they do, and how our social, political and economic institutions impact on environmental quality.

This is where environmental sciences and studies comes in. It is only by understanding how the world works that we can begin to tackle some of our pressing problems.

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What will I study?

Environmental science is a broad discipline and we ensure that you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to appreciate the socio-economic issues related to environmental issues as well as specialist scientific knowledge on geological, biological and chemical processes.

You will study aspects of climate change, biodiversity and environmental management, pollution and control, population dynamics, ecosystems and urbanisation.

You will also acquire laboratory and practical analytical skills and have frequent opportunities to practice and apply what you learn on field trips in the UK and abroad.

Why should I choose environmental sciences at Manchester?

Our Environmental Science degree course cover all major aspects of this discipline; it is ideal if you want to keep your options open or are uncertain about your future career plans. It will provide you with the option for postgraduate study and general graduate employment or a career in the environment-related sector from site investigation to conservation or environmental management.

The School is open and welcoming, with low staff:student ratios. We have a supportive family atmosphere. You will also benefit from the wealth of opportunities that only a large University in a cosmopolitan city like Manchester can offer.

Find out your job prospects - Careers with environmental science

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Where are they now?

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Why Us?

  • Friendly and welcoming community
  • Free field trips in the UK and abroad – just pay for food
  • Industry placements and experience
  • Excellent career prospects
  • Active recruitment by major employers
  • Learn about the latest research from leading scientists

Did you know?


... of our environmental studies graduates in 2011 found full-time employment in a variety of business sectors (DLHE survey 2012).

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