School of Earth and Environment

Environmental Science (International) MEnv, BSc

(Full time) 2019 start


Key facts

  • UCAS code: F856
  • Start date: September 2019
  • Duration/Mode: 4 years full time
  • Typical A level offer: A*AA
    (specific subjects required)
  • UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
  • International fees: To be confirmed
  • Study abroad option: Yes
  • Work placement option: No
  • Course terms and conditions

Environmental Science (Int) MEnv, BSc is a four-year Integrated Masters degree with a year spent in Australia, Canada or the USA. It offers a thorough understanding of the Earth's physical and chemical processes, and the interaction between the many aspects of our environment. You can also tailor the degree to your interests.

Our wide range of expertise allows us to offer interdisciplinary insights into real-world environmental problems. You’ll have contact with practising experts – staff and visiting speakers.

You’ll encounter the issues confronting environmental managers or aid workers. You’ll learn the skills you need to understand scientific issues and apply scientific techniques to environmental problems.

You’ll be trained in data collection and analysis and will refine your research skills in a major project. You’ll also have hands-on field training.

Our graduates are well placed to enter employment or postgraduate education, with deep knowledge and valuable transferable and environmental skills.

The year abroad

A year in the USA, Canada or Australia can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers.

Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take only Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year. Leeds was the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions in North America and Australasia.

Enhancing your experience

We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.

School of Earth and Environment

If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you’ll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country.


This programme is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) so you can be assured that it meets high standards, contains a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector.

Enrolling on this programme means you can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.


Course terms and conditions

Course content

The programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest through our specialist pathways.

Five specialist pathways run throughout the programme and you’ll be introduced to all of them in your first year, choosing those that interest you most in subsequent years:

The Earth pathway explores the Earth’s lithosphere, geological and sedimentary processes, and interactions with the climate system and natural resources

The Atmosphere pathway focuses on meteorology, climate and air pollution

The Water pathway studies global- and regional-scale processes in oceans, rivers and ice sheets

The Bio (Biogeoscience and Ecology) pathway covers both global and local ecosystems and their interactions

The Environmental Management pathway examines human influences on the environment and related issues such as energy and food security.

You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of partner universities. The marks you receive are translated to Leeds equivalents and count towards your final degree classification.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Natural Hazards 10 credits
  • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
  • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
  • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
  • Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting 10 credits
  • Water in the Environment 10 credits
  • Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science Tutorials 10 credits
  • Introductory Earth Sciences 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Ice Age Environments and the Quaternary Evolution of the British Isles 10 credits
  • Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits
  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
  • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Earth, Environmental and Geographical Scientists 10 credits
  • Physics for Environmental Science 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts 10 credits
  • Environmental Research and Career Skills 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
  • Chemistry of the Earth 10 credits
  • Meteorology 10 credits
  • Introductory Oceanography 10 credits
  • Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution 10 credits
  • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
  • Water Quality 10 credits
  • Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy 10 credits
  • Advanced Mathematics for Scientists 10 credits
  • Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy 10 credits
  • Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales 10 credits
  • GIS for Geoscientists 10 credits
  • Managing Biodiversity 10 credits
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation for Environmental Applications 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Study Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Research Project 45 credits
  • Research Frontiers and Environmental Fieldwork 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Environmental Assessment 15 credits
  • Biogeochemical Cycles of the Earth System 15 credits
  • Isotope Geochemistry 15 credits
  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development 15 credits
  • Ice in the Earth System 15 credits
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation 15 credits
  • Oceanography in the Earth System 15 credits
  • Volcanic Processes 15 credits
  • Past Global Environmental Systems 15 credits
  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality 30 credits
  • Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Environmental Science (International) MEnv, BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Most modules combine lectures with practicals, workshops or seminars, depending on the subject. These are enhanced with skills classes, fieldtrips and small group academic tutorials. You can expect to study in a variety of settings, from large lecture theatres to computer clusters, seminar rooms, tutorials, laboratories, visualisation suites and out in the field. Our state-of-the-art building is in the centre of the campus and provides an ideal working environment, and offers quiet study and coffee areas when you are not in class.

Read more about learning and teaching methods.

We offer research-led teaching across the breadth of our environment and business disciplines, from specialists in their field. As Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University, you’ll be studying amongst staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide, and who will incorporate this expertise into their teaching.


Our school boasts excellent facilities for both teaching and research; read more about our laboratories, microscopes and more.


You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, specifically designed to help students learn, whatever their preferred learning style. We use both coursework and exams, but with a general progression from an emphasis on exams in year 1 towards an emphasis on coursework in your final year.

Read more in learning and teaching methods.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: A*AA including two from geography, environmental studies, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.

Offers exclude general studies.

GCSE:English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or an equivalent English language or Mathematics qualification.

If you do not achieve the higher grades required for this four-year programme, we guarantee you a place on the BSc programme (provided you achieve the grades required for the BSc). A successful performance during years 1 and 2 will support an application to transfer back to this Integrated Masters programme.

Alternative qualifications

  • BTEC: D*D*D in Extended Diploma/3 Subsidiary Diplomas in two relevant subjects. We will accept a combination of BTECs and A-Levels. Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall, with 19 points at higher level to include 6 points in two relevant subjects, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): A1A1AAAA/H1H1H2H2H2H2 in two relevant subjects.
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAABB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AAAAAA. To include 2 relevant subjects one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Access to Leeds Entry Requirements for this course: AAB


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

While the School heavily subsidises or covers the cost of all compulsory taught fieldcourses, you may have to supplement these trips depending on the destination you choose. There will however always be a free option for you to select. You may incur some costs for some optional fieldtrip modules. Full details are available on request.

Scholarships and financial support

The School of Earth and Environment offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Scholarships for 2019 entry are to be confirmed.

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

Studying Environmental Science at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers. The solid science basis of the programme and the fieldwork associated with it add value to your degree in areas including environmental monitoring, consultancy, land remediation and environmental protection. The transferable skills you gain will also help you to succeed in the wider graduate employment market. The MEnv also provides excellent preparation for further study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.

Placement opportunities

Your year abroad

The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds was the first Department in the UK to offer integrated degrees with a year in North America and we extended the scope of this highly successful programme by offering additional partner institutions worldwide. Spending a year abroad is not only an adventure, it is a chance to add real value to your degree by experiencing environmental challenges that simply don’t exist within the UK.

Exchange universities for Geological Sciences (International) MEnv, BSc programme currently include:




Academic staff members and the University’s Study Abroad Office will offer you their guidance and help as you prepare for your year abroad. You also retain the option to change to the three-year BSc Environmental Sciences programme at any stage during your first two years of study should you decide not to pursue this option.


Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. The Environmental Science programme at Leeds includes a variety of field course destinations in the UK. Year 1 and 2 field classes are an important part of the programme and are very closely integrated with lectures and module coursework. The whole of your third year will be spent in one of our partner institutions overseas where you may undertake field studies that are not available to you in the UK. The final year field trip and research a project offer you the chance to undertake specialist field research in a topic area of your choice.

Because we recognise the value of field experience the school covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips.

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