Master of Environmental Science in UK

Master of Environmental Science in UK

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Sandeep NepalFri Nov 05 2021

Master of Environmental Science in UK is a noble degree which caters to students to prepare them for tackling global challenges, from the conservation of species and combating climate change, to developing renewable technologies and creating a sustainable future.

This degree is 1 to 2 years long generally and costs from GBP 15,000 to 30,000 in most UK Universities. 

Thanks to universities like the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and so on, environmental science degrees from UK is really popular among international students.

The graduates of this program from the UK either continue their research or studies towards PhD or are employed in diverse roles in energy and engineering consultancies, environmental bodies, multinational energy or environmental companies and so on. 

Why postgraduate in Environmental Science in the United Kingdom? 

  • 13 out of 100 best masters of environmental science programs in the world are from the UK. 
  • Environmentalists earn from GBP 30,000 to GBP 60,000 per year and more in UK postmasters. 
  • You don’t need an aptitude test like GRE to study this program in UK. 
  • There are many governmental and university scholarships to help international students with tuition fees. 

Top Universities for Environmental Science in UK

According to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021,  these are the top 13 universities in the UK known for best master of environmental science programs.

The university ranking is based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact

Global Ranking

Universities

Location

4

University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

5

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

10

Imperial College London

London, UK

29

University of Leeds

Leeds, UK

33

UCL

London, UK

37

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK

43

University of Exeter

Exeter, UK

44

University of East Anglia

Norwich,UK

54

University of Reading

Reading, UK

64

University of Manchester

Manchester, UK

67

Lancaster University

Lancaster, UK

74

University of Bristol

Bristol, UK

85

University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen, UK

Environmental masters degrees in UK

  • MSc Biodiversity and Conservation
  • MSc Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Environment and Development MSc
  • Environment, Culture and Society MA
  • Environmental Management MSc
  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management MSc
  • Natural Sciences MSc by Research
  • Sustainable Water Management MSc
  • Volcanology and the Environment MSc
  • MSc Environmental Pollution Control
  • MSc Environmental Consultancy
  • MSc Water Resources Management

Tuition fees

The master of environmental science fees in UK for international students ranges from GBP 15,000 to GBP 30,000 in the best universities of UK. 

University

Annual fees for domestic students

Annual fees for domestic students

University of York

9,290

19,950

University of East Anglia

8,900

18,500

University of Liverpool

10,400

24,000

University of Southampton

9,250

25,400

University of Edinburgh

--

29,900

University of Manchester

---

26,000

University of Oxford

19,970

26,940

University of Leeds

---

25,250

Lancaster University

---

23,360

University of Reading

9,500

20,600

Entry requirements for Master of Environmental Science in UK

University of York

  • Course name: MSc Environmental Science and Management
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering courses. Applicants with a 2:2 degree can also apply if they have relevant work experience. 
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each subtest.
    • TOEFL: 87 with at least 21 in each subtest.
    • PTE:  61 with at least 55 in each subtest. 
    • Duolingo: 110 with at least 100 in each subtest. 

University of East Anglia

  • Course name: MSc Environmental Sciences
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A minimum 2:1 honours degree or first division in bachelor degree in relevant field (Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences or related disciplines. It is also suitable for graduates with single-discipline degrees in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Computing, Engineering, Economics and Politics) or international equivalent.  
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.0 with at least 6.0 in 2 subtests and 5.5 in other 2.
    • PTE:  64 with at least 59 in 2 subtests and 64 in other 2.

University of Liverpool

  • Course name: Environmental Sciences MSc 
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant degree. 
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each subtest.
    • TOEFL: 88: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.

University of Southampton

  • Course name: MSc Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in relevant science courses.
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each subtest.

University of Edinburgh

  • Course name: Environmental Sustainability MSc
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • 1 reference is needed
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in relevant science coursework like biological, environmental or physical science, geography, social science or other relevant subjects. 
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each subtest.
    • TOEFL: 100 with at least 20 in each subtest.

University of Manchester

  • Course name: MEnvSci Environmental Science
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in relevant science coursework.
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each subtest.

University of Oxford

  • Course name: MSc Environmental Change and Management
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A first-class or upper second class undergraduate degree with honours in any discipline. For applicants from the USA, the minimum GPA is 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each subtest.
    • TOEFL: 110: Listening 22 Reading 24 Writing 24 speaking 25

University of Leeds

  • Course Name: Environmental Science (International) MEnv, BSc
  • Course duration: 4 years
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in biology, geology, chemistry, geography, mathematics, and environmental science. 
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each subtest.

Lancaster University

  • Course Name: Environmental Science MSc by Research
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 (first division) bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each subtest.
    • TOEFL: 87: Listening 17 Reading 18 Writing 20 speaking 17
    • PTE: Overall 58, with a minimum of 42 in each test.

University of Reading

  • Course name: MSc Environmental Pollution
  • Course duration: 1 year
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:2 undergraduate bachelor's degree or equivalent from different universities. 
  • Cut-off Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each subtest.

Scholarships

University

Scholarships

Value

University of York

Be exceptional scholarship

£2,500 to £7,500. 

Chevening Scholarship

Full tuition fee plus a living stipend

Vice-CHancellor’s Scholarship

£10,000 to £20,000

York Graduate Scholarship

Ten per cent tuition fee discount

Lancaster University

Fulbright Scholarship

Full funding

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

20% tuition fees waiver

Commonwealth Scholarship

Full funding

Scope and Career Opportunities: What can I do with a master in Environmental Science? 

After completing a master of environmental science or such closely related masters program in UK, you can work as: 

  • Researcher
  • Sustainability manager
  • Environmental consultant
  • Risk consultant
  • Field engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geotechnical technician
  • Water pollution consultant

Graduates can find jobs in

  • environmental consultancy
  • national and local government
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • non-profit organisations
  • environmental agencies
  • education or research at the community, national or international levels

Recent graduates of this program from UK have been employed in sustainability-related roles in companies like:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • E.ON
  • German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Global Justice Now
  • Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • International Energy Agency
  • London Borough of Camden
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • The Scottish Government
  • World Resources Institute
  • Zero Waste Scotland

Besides working, the Masters in Environmental Science and Management also provides an ideal basis to pursue PhD in Environmental science.

The salary of environmentalists in the UK:

Job Titles

Average Annual Salary (GBP)

Senior Ecologist

29,533

Technical Director

70,311

Senior Environmental Consultant

34,263

Structural ENgineer

30,113

Environmental Consultant

23,822

Environmental Engineer

44,065

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