Based at our Dumfries Campus, Environmental Science & Sustainability utilises the surrounding countryside to demonstrate environmental work in practice. This is through fieldwork, field classes and visits to environmental sites and organisations.
Fieldwork and practical experience are at the core of this programme, providing you with valuable skills for a career in the environmental sector.
Our Dumfries campus is located close to a range of natural resources, unique fieldwork environments and placement providers: a diverse outdoor laboratory only minutes from the classroom.
Your core courses will cover environmental science, Earth system science and global environmental issues.
You will take the core courses:
- Research methods for environmental scientists
- Sustainability of farming systems
- Energy: options for sustainability
At each level you can also choose from a range of elective courses across other disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree.
You will study applied ecology and conservation, human impacts on the environment, and rural tourism and stewardship. You will also undertake either a dissertation or placement where you will gain experience in the environmental sector.
The Honours year consists of an environmental stewardship project on a research interest of your choice, and courses on environmental policy and management, perspectives on the environment, and the environmental field course.
Special Glasgow feature
This programme offers you an exceptional placement opportunity as part of your degree. Recent placement providers include the Australian Koala Foundation, Edinburgh and Jersey Zoos, the RSPB, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, the World Glacier Monitoring Service, an environmental consultancy in Finland and many more.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
- Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
- Other mandatory requirements: Preferably with one or two from Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computing Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Science (Double Syllabus), Statistics, Zoology.
- Standard academic entry requirements: BBBB by the end of S6.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: None.
- Other mandatory requirements: Preferably with one or two from Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computing Studies, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Information Systems, Managing Environmental Resources, Mathematics or Physics.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 30 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 28 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Preferably including one or two science subjects.
Accepted Science subjects:
- Computing Science
- Engineering Science
- Environmental Science
- Human Biology
- Lifeskills Mathematics
- Mathematics of Mechanics
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
You will develop a range of skills in environmental management techniques, preparing you to enter the graduate job market in a wide variety of roles concerned with implementing sustainability objectives. The combination of a broad-based education with specialist input, supplemented with real work experience, will equip you with essential skills and qualities.
Our School of Interdisciplinary Studies is based in Dumfries, where you can join a friendly student community in the beautiful south-west of Scotland. Subjects you can study on this campus are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability
- Health & Social Policy
- Primary Education with Teaching Qualification
Your classes will be taught in the traditional red sandstone buildings of the Crichton Estate, set in stunning parkland. We place great importance on practical study.
Our new facilities include a simulated primary school classroom, an outdoor teaching garden for environmental students and gym facilities. You’ll have access to both the Crichton Library and our extensive library in Glasgow, including a wealth of online resources and dedicated subject librarians.
We have three self-catering halls of residence in Dumfries and the cost of living is very reasonable. Students can also access the on-site restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa, Neuros, at a great student membership rate.
Practical, hands-on learning
All students in Dumfries have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements. Many courses include extensive fieldwork and site visits, making the most of the abundant resources on our doorstep and our excellent network of partner organisations. We have extensive study abroad links and you could also pursue international work experience.
In Dumfries we specialise in interdisciplinary learning. Because we are a relatively small campus you’ll get to know your lecturers personally and be able to get your ideas across, build your confidence and advance your critical thinking. We teach you how your subjects relate to each other and to the wider world.
All students can use our virtual learning environment, sharing course content and collaborating with staff and classmates online.
About the town
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Glasgow and less than an hour from Carlisle, Dumfries is set in magnificent countryside with all the charm and vibrancy of a small university town. It’s a friendly place where you’ll settle in quickly, becoming part of the University and the local community.
There is an active Students’ Association and popular activities include rowing, mountain biking, horse riding and sailing. Alternatively, if you’re looking for culture, you’ll find an impressive arts and live music scene. The region is steeped in literary history and hosts an impressive range of festivals and sporting events.
Find out more
To find out more, see: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Environmental Science & Sustainability: D447
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.