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Environmental Science degrees abroad

A degree in environmental science is designed to give you an understanding of both natural and human environmental problems. You will explore biological and geographical perspectives of the environment, with a focus on real world issues like food security, climate change, energy security, pollution and natural hazards.

You can expect to get your hands dirty, as most environmental science programs put an emphasis on practical experience and transferable skills. Local and overseas field trips, lab work, and work placements play an important role in many courses.

By studying environmental science abroad, you’ll get the chance to see different environments first hand. There are programs available all over the world at all degree levels, so you won’t be short of options when looking to study environmental science overseas.

Environmental Science program structure

An undergraduate degree in environmental science is usually offered as a BSc, and will take between three and four years to complete. This will vary based on the country you are studying in, or if the program includes a placement year, or a year of study abroad.

Many universities, especially in the UK, offer an MSci which is a four or five year undergraduate degree that combines a bachelor’s and master’s program. If you already have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, you can study an MSc as a separate program over one or two years.

PhD doctorate degrees are also available, and can be studied in environmental science, or a more specialized area focussing on subjects like soil, atmosphere or geology. PhD programs can take several years to complete, and the length of time will depend on whether you study part or full time.

The exact program structure and content of an environmental science program will depend on several factors including the university you study at, and the level of degree you choose. Programs will include core modules you have to study, and a range of electives you can choose yourself. Here are some of the most common modules you will study:

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Environmental Science study abroad programs

What are the top environmental science undergraduate programs abroad?

  • American UniversityEnvironmental Science - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    57,952USD
  • RMIT UniversityEnvironmental Science - BEnvSci

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Jul
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Next start date
    February 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    38,400AUD
  • Baylor UniversityEnvironmental Science - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Waco, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    54,844USD
  • University of Nebraska OmahaEnvironmental Science with a Concentration in Analytical Sciences - BS

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Omaha, USA
    Next start date
    August 2024 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,469USD
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityEnvironmental Science - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Tallahassee, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940USD

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What are the top environmental science postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityEnvironmental Sciences: Environmental Restoration and Waste Management - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Waste Management, Environmental Science
    Location
    Tallahassee, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868USD
  • California State University, Monterey BayEnvironmental Science: Professional Science - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    Seaside, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,600USD
  • Murray State UniversityEarth and Environmental Sciences: Watershed Science - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science
    Location
    Murray, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,640USD
  • Linnaeus UniversityEnvironmental Science and Sustainability - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Sustainability, Environmental Science
    Location
    Växjö, Sweden
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    135,400SEK
  • California State University, San BernardinoEnvironmental Sciences - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Environmental Science
    Location
    San Bernardino, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    13,723USD

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Future environmental science careers

The aim of all environmental science programs is to give students a range of technical and transferable skills that will help them in their future career. Many graduates look to work in the environment sector, but there are many industries where the skills you’ll learn will be useful.

Some of the careers closely related to an environmental science degree include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental researcher
  • Conservation manager
  • Waste awareness officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Ecological consultant
  • Teacher

Many graduates can go on to work for local government or environment agencies, but other sectors like IT and finance are also popular. Most universities will have career services who will be able to help you achieve your career goals, or help you work out what your future could look like.

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