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MSci Environmental Science (Integrated Masters)

UCAS Code F7S4 Part-time study available Study abroad opportunities

Our Environmental Science Masters course is advanced and innovative. Gain scientific grounding and training for a career protecting the planet.

Environmental Science (Integrated Masters)

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSci
  • Start date September
  • Duration 60 months for first year entrants
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations Institution of Environmental Science, Committee Heads of Environmental Science

Environmental Science has grown out of an increasing concern for the environment and the need for a scientific approach to the study of human impact on natural resources. How do we meet our growing need for resources whilst safeguarding them for future generations?

Our course provides the necessary scientific grounding and technical training to investigate these problems and identify solutions. It leads directly to a postgraduate qualification, and is designed specifically for students who want to pursue a career in the environment sector. It offers an environmental placement and an industry-linked final-year project, equipping you with the key knowledge, skills and career awareness to succeed in environmental sciences.

This is the first Environmental Science MSci to be offered in Scotland, and is accredited by the Institution for Environmental Sciences.

The University of Stirling is a superb place to study Environmental Science, with our history of innovation in environmental research and study. We're passionate about Environmental Science, and our course will inspire you to be the difference in protecting our society and the planet.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    The MSci Environmental Science programme is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Science (IES) and Committee Heads of Environmental Science (CHES).

  • Prizes or awards

    Altijar Scholarships of £500 each are awarded annually to the two highest performing Environmental students in Year 3 of the BSc/MSci course.

Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Entry requirements

    Year 1 entry – Five-year MSci

    SQA Highers
    AABB – by the end of S5
    AAAB – by the end of S6

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

    BTEC (Level 3)

    Essential subjects
    To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics.

    Year 2 entry – Four-year MSci

    SQA Advanced Highers

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma
    35 points

    Essential subjects
    To include Biology and one of Environmental Science, Geography or Geology.

    Widening access students
    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

    Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

    Last revised 19 November 2019.

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Entry may also be possible with an HND in a Science based subject.

  • Other qualifications

    Entry may also be possible with a HND in a Science based subject.

  • Advanced entry

    Advanced entry is not available for this course.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    It is possible to transfer from the BSc Environmental Science degree course from the end of Year 1 until the end of Year 3.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 80 with no subtest less than 17
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

We’ve a proud history of innovation in Environmental Science and we are still committed to training graduates with the skills valued by employers today.

Our five-year course (four-year course with second year entry) offers you a seamless route through undergraduate and postgraduate study. At the end of the course you’ll graduate with a Masters level qualification, increased sector awareness and work-related experience, as well as in-depth environmental science knowledge and skills.

Years 1 and 2 will give you the basic knowledge and analytical skills in Environmental Science, geoscience, ecology and physical geography that underpin the degree.

In Year 3, you can choose from more specialised modules in environmental systems, environmental management and environmental technologies.

In Year 4, the choice of advanced modules continues with a wide range of subjects available. There is an emphasis on career development and employability skills through extended placement opportunities. You'll also organise and present at a symposium on environmental careers for students in earlier years.

In your final year, you'll undertake a significant piece of independent research in partnership with an environmental organisation, and also choose from a range of specialist environmental management modules focused on the energy, conservation and environmental sectors.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, which provides you with free IES membership and another step along the path to a career as an environmental scientist.

When I first applied to study EnvironmentalScience the thought that I would one day be a real scientist seemed a distant reality.However, my trip to Lake Balaton, Hungary, to undertake research for my Honours dissertation project, made that day more reality than fantasy.

I became part of a team of respected scientists working on the pollution problems in the lake and I was made to feel that I was making a significant contribution to the research project. It felt like a month’s experience had been compressed into a week, certainly one of the most memorable of my life.

Susan Black, recently graduated BSc in Environmental Science


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course details

  • Teaching

    We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2018. The basis of the course is research-led teaching, delivered by staff who are world-leaders in Environmental Science research. Everything you learn will reflect the latest thinking and developments in Environmental Geography. Our teaching methods are diverse and include lectures, field and laboratory practical exercises, tutorials, seminars and group projects, a placement and an individual research project.

  • Fieldwork

    Stirling provides an ideal location for studying the environment – the campus has a loch and woodlands set against the backdrop of the Ochil Hills. There is also easy access to landscapes as diverse as the Scottish Highlands, the Forth Estuary and land degraded through past industrial activities. Fieldwork opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum.

    Optional residential field classes are currently offered in Cumbria in Year 2 and we offer a choice of week-long trips to southern Spain or Iceland in Years 3 and 4. In Year 5, students can take part in a week-long trip to the Scottish Highlands and a 10-day field course to Gabon in Tropical Africa. All our fieldtrips challenge you to understand the evolution of unfamiliar environmental systems and provide you with first-hand experience of globally important environmental management issues.

    We subsidise costs for fieldtrips, but you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards your travel, accommodation and subsistence for all residential fieldtrips.

  • Assessment

    Most modules include both lectures and practical work and are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. Many of the assessments are designed to give experience in work-related procedures and practices.

  • Study abroad

    As well as the exchange opportunities available to all Stirling students, Environmental Science has a well-established course with the University of Guelph in Canada. Environmental Science students have also taken part in exchanges in Canada, Florida, Alaska, Sydney and Hawaii. You can spend either one or two semesters there during your third year, studying courses equivalent to those taken at Stirling, giving you the opportunity to broaden your environmental and cultural experience.

    We also offer Erasmus exchanges to Sweden and Germany.‌

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2019/20 2020/21

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019 and 2020 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2021 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on our University and Europe information pages.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.


    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.


    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.


    *This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £14,820 £15,600

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

    The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

    You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

    We subsidise costs for fieldtrips but you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards your travel, accommodation and subsistence for all residential fieldtrips.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with an Environmental Science Integrated Masters degree?

This course is directly aimed at students who want to gain employment in the environmental sector, whether in research institutes, environmental consultancies, environmental protection agencies, water authorities or conservation bodies. 

Others may go on to further their careers through postgraduate research culminating in the award of a PhD.

  • The University of Stirling consistently earns five QS Stars for employability, with more than 97% of our students in employment or further education within six months of graduating. (HESA DLHE 2016/17).
  • Stirling is ranked in the top 5 in Scotland for Geography and Environmental Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • Employability skills

    The course is designed to develop your professional as well as scientific skills. You’re given industry experience through both an environmental placement and the option of an industry-linked final year project. In addition, many of our modules use work-related assessments and invite external speakers from businesses, charities and government organisations.

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