Ecological and Environmental Sciences at Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the leading UK universities, with an excellent international reputation.

Studying ecology gives you great field work opportunities and a flexible choice of Honours options.

Academic excellence

The University of Edinburgh is one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world. Teaching at the University of Edinburgh was graded excellent in the latest Government Teaching Quality Assessment

You will be taught by staff whose research and teaching interests span the discipline and who are at the leading edge of research in their fields; our research was top (Internationally Excellent) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for Earth and Environmental Science.


Edinburgh offers a vibrant social life in the University and the city.

University accommodation is guaranteed for all new students from outside Edinburgh.

The Student Employment Service offers part-time employment and holiday employment opportunities.


Field courses are an important component of all our degrees. Edinburgh is close to a wide range of interesting environments, from coastline to mountains and each year many students organise expeditions to all parts of the globe.

Variety and flexibility

Half the courses in the first three years are core courses taken by all students. There is considerable flexibility in the choice of the remaining courses in each year. In years 3 and 4 it is possible to specialise in conservation and ecological management or environmental science; or alternatively maintain a broad mix of subject choices. Students choosing to focus on conservation and ecological management will have an interest in nature conservation and sustainable management of the countryside for diverse objectives. This specialisation is for those who wish to develop a science-based understanding of conservation. Graduates can expect employment in public and private organisations making policy, giving advice or managing a wide range of country activities. Students choosing to focus on environmental science will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, through courses offered in ecology, geology, land use and water resources and environmental modelling. Recent graduates have followed careers in environmental consultancy, conservation, policy advice and scientific research.

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