Our Environmental Science programmes, built around our impressive research record, will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the Earth’s most complex environmental problems. We will give you the knowledge and skills you need to help resolve the world’s most pressing problems in a sustainable way


Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

First year

Compulsory modules

  • From Molecules to Materials: Deconstructing the Environment
  • Ecological Concepts and Plant Sciences
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Widening Horizons Module
  • Statistical Methods and Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Tutorials and study skills for Environmental Sciences 
  • Research Methods in Environmental Science 


Second year

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Research Methods in Environmental Science
  • Statistical Methods and Applied Geographical Information Systems 
  • Research Labs and Fieldwork: Theory and Practice – Physical Geography and Environmental Science

Optional modules – Example optional modules may include:

  • Environmental Pollution
  • Hydroclimatology: Climate and Water
  • Ecological Systems
  • Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems
  • Plant Sciences: From Cells to Environment
  • Geomorphology and Palaeoenvironments
  • Catchment Water and Soil Management

Third year

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Science Research

Optional modules – Example optional modules may include:

  • Advanced Fieldwork Research
  • Environmental Management: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • Environment and Landscape Change
  • Landscape and Urban Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Management
  • Professional Placement for Environmental Scientists
  • Conservation Practice: Genes to Ecosystems
  • Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere
  • Climate Change in the Earth System
  • Pollution Impacts and Waste Management 
  • Applied Micrometeorology
  • Weather, Climate and Society
  • Environmental Governance
  • River Processes, Deposits and Environments
  • Wetland Environments
  • Understanding Nature-Society Relations: the Ecological Century
  • Enterprise Consultancy Challenge
  • Restoration of Freshwater Systems

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Studying for an English BA at Newcastle is an unparalleled opportunity to not only engage with a diverse cultural, textual and linguistic discipline, but also to develop skills in intellectual analysis, critical thinking and articulate expression.

These skills last a lifetime and qualify you for many possible careers. You will also be encouraged to acquire practical skills that you will find just as useful in your future career, including oral presentation, professional documentation, group work and the use of information technology.

English graduates from the University of Newcastle have a high rate of employability for the subject. 95% of our students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

Our graduates have started careers with employers including the BBC, Headline Publishing Group, Mirror Group Newspapers and Oxford University Press, in roles such as account executive, editorial assistant, marketing assistant and sales and events coordinator. Many English graduates pursue postgraduate study to specialise in an academic area or prepare for careers such as law and teaching.