Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Why choose Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Edinburgh is the only place in the UK where you can study ecological and environmental sciences together in an integrated programme.

  • We're ranked 4th in the UK and in the world's top 20 universities for Earth and Marine Sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • You will take part in residential fieldwork trips around Scotland from Year 2 to 4.

Study abroad

The programme involves fieldwork, with projects in nearby Braidburn Valley Park. We independently designed and completed our own projects. This provided valuable experience designing projects and collecting data.

Rhianna Shearer 4th year (BSc Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management
Rhianna Shearer 4th year (BSc Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management

Introducing Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Are you passionate about interactions between humans and the natural world, and our impact on the planet? Ecological and environmental sciences may be for you.

The world's growing population means we now face problems of rapid climate change, the over-exploitation of our natural resources, and the degradation of natural habitats.

Ecological and environmental sciences will help you to understand these issues, uniquely positioning you to address some of the most significant environmental challenges that face our planet.

  • Ecology - is the scientific study of the interaction of organisms with each other and their physical, chemical and biological environment.

  • Environmental sciences - integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences to understand our changing environment.

A combination of both ecological science and environmental science is vital for understanding and tackling these global issues.

If you choose to study ecological and environmental sciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will become part of an academic community in one of the top-ranked universities in the world. Our research and industry networks give you access to a world-class experience with real-world relevance. As a result, you will experience teaching at the forefront of environmental knowledge, from ecological and environmental scientists who are undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas.

Field trips

At The University of Edinburgh, you will have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty. The best laboratory is the outside world, and we place a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences.

You could be splashing through rivers counting insects one day, or trekking through the forest measuring trees and taking leaf samples the next. These trips will take you beyond the classroom, where you can gain valuable hands-on experience by applying what you have learned into real-life situations.