Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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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.

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

  • We are in the top 20 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

  • In the UK, we are ranked 4th for Natural Sciences, 6th for Environmental Studies and 6th for Earth and Marine Sciences in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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Since I was a child I have always cared deeply about the natural environment and I wanted to learn more about how our ecosystems function. This degree gave me a broad perspective on the interconnection between all the components of an ecosystem - and the processes that link them - and opened doors to a broad range of career pathways. Most of all, after four years studying at the University of Edinburgh, I feel empowered and inspired to make a change.

Giada Barzaghi BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management
Giada Barzaghi 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.

Our world is facing:

  • rapid climate change
  • the over-exploitation of natural resources
  • the degradation of natural habitats

Ecological and environmental sciences will help you to understand these issues, enabling 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 managing changing environments for a more sustainable future.

Field trips

Field trips are at the heart of many of our programmes. Your most important laboratory is the outside world, and we place a great deal of emphasis on delivering practical and field-based experiences. So you will have many opportunities to get your hands dirty!

You will go beyond the classroom so you can apply the skills you have learned to real-life situations.

You could be splashing through rivers counting insects one day, or trekking through the forest measuring trees and taking leaf samples the next.

Field trip costs

Our compulsory field trips or field courses are free, including travel and accommodation. We are proud to be able to support you as you learn practical and highly prized skills.

Field trips may be subject to change

Please note: As we update our programmes to reflect advancing subject matter and student feedback, the location of our field trips may change.

Field trips may also be changed due to Covid-19. Where suitable, fieldwork will be relocated, rescheduled or alternative arrangements provided.

Decisions will be made to safeguard the health and safety of our students, staff and community - and to ensure the highest standards of educational experience.

Reputation, relevance and employability

You will gain knowledge, critical thinking, and experience in ecological and environmental sciences to help tackle real-world issues.

The activities you undertake during your degree have been designed to simulate those that ecological and environmental science professionals perform in the real world. This means you will develop practical skills for future employers.

By studying 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
  • enjoy access to a world of experience with our research and industry networks
  • learn from leading ecological and environmental scientists at the forefront of their fields, undertaking world-leading research in a wide range of areas

We hope that by learning with us, you can play a vital role in our transition into a more sustainable society.

What is it really like to study with us?

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