If you are passionate about understanding the processes that shape our natural environment and keen to develop the scientific and analytical skills you need to work in this field, the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree is exactly what you are looking for.
You won’t find a better classroom in which to study than in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We have what is undeniably one of the world’s best ‘living laboratories’ in the spectacular natural habitats of the Scottish Highlands.
Here you will develop core scientific and analytical skills through course work in college laboratories and access to specialist analytical equipment across the university network. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a residential field module each year at locations throughout the region, which will help develop your field skills while working in some of the most outstanding habitats.
Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:
You must also complete a dissertation.
You will learn through a combination of practical laboratory work, field trips, face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||CertHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year||£11,000||£11,550|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year***||£5,520||£5,775|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)***||£1,840||£1,925|
***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Environmental Science course, you might like to consider a career with:
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I did initially look at universities in Aberdeen and Glasgow however studying with the University of the Highlands and Islands meant that I could stay much closer to home. Also, the Highlands provide the best place to study environmental science; you are so close to all the major environmental systems such as freshwater and marine environments. Fieldtrips are by far my favourite part of the course as they allow me to use the knowledge learned in lectures.The trips are always a good laugh, they also make you realise the amount of knowledge the tutors have.
Cornelius Pelka, third year BSc (Hons) Environmental Science student
Andrea Goddard is in her second year of our BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at Inverness College UHI. She was nominated for the Reid Environmental Fieldwork prize by Donna Clark, Programme Leader for the course.
Andrea was nominated after producing an excellent report for a first year statistics module, looking into the distribution of treecreeper roosts on giant sequoia trees. The data collection process involved a considerable amount of fieldwork and application on Andrea’s part, far in excess of what we would usually look for from a first year student.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.