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Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geoscience

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geoscience

Explore the different processes that drive the global Earth system, on land, in the ocean, in the crust and in the atmosphere. You’ll combine geology, geography and oceanography, and develop a wide range of practical and transferable skills.

Our interdisciplinary degree will open up exciting career options in a range of fields. As an environmental geoscientist you’ll be able to assess the impact of human activity on the planet and society and work to mitigate this impact and find solutions for our future.

With this degree you'll discover the fundamental science that underpins the global Earth system. You'll study different disciplines and gain an extensive knowledge of Earth, marine and environmental sciences. You can choose to study a Geoscience or Marine pathway through this programme.

The human impact on the environment and its natural resources is an important focus for the course. In your third year you can specialise in either marine or terrestrial aspects of the Earth system.

You'll develop a variety of practical and professional skills relating to:

  • data collection in the field and laboratory
  • data interpretation and digital skills
  • environmental assessment and management

In Year 3 your research project will give you the chance to combine knowledge and practice working in a world-class research environment.

You’ll study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). It is one of the world’s largest centres devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science. Here you'll have the unique opportunity to work on research projects with NOCS scientists and have access to specialist facilities.

Admission requirements


ABB including one acceptable science subject (minimum of grade B)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 6 at one Higher Level Science subject.


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A Level to include one science subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level to include one science subject.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Dynamic Landscapes
  • Earth Materials
  • Environmental Science: Research and Applications
  • Key Skills for Geoscientists
  • Physics of the Ocean
  • Quantitative Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • The Earth System

Year 2

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geochemistry
  • Geohazards and Earth Resources
  • Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy
  • Introductory Geographic Information Systems
  • Key Skills and Fieldwork for Geologists

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Coastal Ocean Processes
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Exploration Geophysics and Remote Sensing
  • Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy

Year 3

  • Applied Oceanography and Fieldwork
  • Environmental Law and Management
  • Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysical Field Methods
  • Independent Research Project (Oceanography, Marine Biology)

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Adapting to Climate Change and Weather Hazards
  • Air Quality and Environmental Pollution
  • Coastal Sediment Dynamics
  • Communicating and Teaching in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme
  • Palaeoclimate Change
  • Petroleum Geology and Mineral Resources
  • Seafloor Exploration and Surveying
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Volcanic and Mantle Processes
  • Global Water Resources
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Environments
  • Ocean Data Analysis and Modelling
  • Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
  • Sedimentary Systems and Processes
  • Sustainability (No-Fly Field Course)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of awards:
    • Environmental Geoscience
    • GeoscienceMarine
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

This degree provides a good foundation for further study and research at postgraduate level.

Career paths

Graduates of our Environmental Geoscience degree programs can expect to find work in the following areas:

  • environmental surveying, research and consultancy
  • engineering geology, construction industry and geotechnical surveying
  • petroleum and minerals resource industries
  • research
  • teaching

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