MSc in Environmental Science (Integrated Masters)


Program Description


Environmental Science has grown out of an increasing concern for the environment and the need for a scientific approach to the study of human impact on natural resources. How do we meet our growing need for resources whilst safeguarding them for future generations?

Our course provides the necessary scientific grounding and technical training to investigate these problems and identify solutions. It leads directly to a postgraduate qualification and is designed specifically for students who want to pursue a career in the environment sector. It offers an environmental placement and an industry-linked final-year project, equipping you with the key knowledge, skills and career awareness to succeed in environmental sciences.

This is the first Environmental Science MSci to be offered in Scotland and is accredited by the Institution for Environmental Sciences.

The University of Stirling is a superb place to study Environmental Science, with our history of innovation in environmental research and study. We're passionate about Environmental Science, and our course will inspire you to be the difference in protecting our society and the planet.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Our course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Sciences

#2 Overseas field trips and fieldwork in our stunning Scottish environments is embedded throughout the course

#3 We offer an environmental placement and an industry-linked final-year project to give you the skills for your career

Professional accreditation

The MSci Environmental Science programme is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Science (IES) and Committee Heads of Environmental Science (CHES).

Prizes or awards

Altijar Scholarships of £500 each are awarded annually to the two highest performing Environmental students in Year 3 of the BSc/MSci course.

Course details

We have a proud history of innovation in Environmental Science and we are still committed to training graduates with the skills valued by employers today.

Our five-year course (four-year course with second-year entry) offers you a seamless route through undergraduate and postgraduate study. At the end of the course, you’ll graduate with a Masters level qualification, increased sector awareness and work-related experience, as well as in-depth environmental science knowledge and skills.

Years 1 and 2 will give you the basic knowledge and analytical skills in Environmental Science, Geoscience, Ecology and Physical Geography that underpin the degree.

In Year 3, you can choose from more specialised modules in Environmental Systems, Environmental Management and Environmental Technologies.

In Year 4, the choice of advanced modules continues with a wide range of subjects available. There is an emphasis on career development and employability skills, with core modules in professional development and a placement. You'll also organise and present at a symposium on environmental careers for students in earlier years.

In your final year, you'll undertake a significant piece of independent research in partnership with an environmental organisation, and also choose from a range of specialist environmental management modules focused on the energy, conservation and environmental sectors.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, which provides you with free IES membership and another step along the path to a career as an environmental scientist.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18. The basis of the course is research-led teaching, delivered by staff who are world-leaders in Environmental Science research. Everything you learn will reflect the latest thinking and developments in Environmental Geography. Our teaching methods are diverse and include lectures, field and laboratory practical exercises, tutorials, seminars and group projects, a placement and an individual research project.


Stirling provides an ideal location for studying the environment – the campus has a loch and woodlands set against the backdrop of the Ochil Hills. There is also easy access to landscapes as diverse as the Scottish Highlands, the Forth Estuary and land degraded through past industrial activities. Fieldwork opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Optional residential field classes are currently offered in Cumbria in Year 2 and we offer a choice of week-long trips to southern Spain or Iceland in Year 3. In Year 5, students can take part in a week-long trip to the Scottish Highlands and a 10-day field course to Gabon in Tropical Africa. All our field trips challenge you to understand the evolution of unfamiliar environmental systems and provide you with first-hand experience of globally important environmental management issues.

We subsidise costs for field trips, but you’ll have to make a financial contribution towards your travel, accommodation and subsistence for all residential field trips.


Most modules include both lectures and practical work and are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. Many of the assessments are designed to give experience in work-related procedures and practices.

Study abroad

As well as the exchange opportunities available to all Stirling students, Environmental Science has a well-established course with the University of Guelph in Canada. Environmental Science students have also taken part in exchanges in Canada, Florida, Alaska, Sydney and Hawaii. You can spend either one or two semesters there during your third year, studying courses equivalent to those taken at Stirling, giving you the opportunity to broaden your environmental and cultural experience.

We also offer Erasmus exchanges to Sweden and Germany.‌


Dr Clare Wilson

+44 (0) 1786 467817

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £ 14,460
  • Scottish and EU students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250 per year for a maximum of 4 years
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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