Environmental Sciences Degrees

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Contribute to research, tackling, and solving environmental challenges 

Contribute To Research

Work on external environmental projects for local, national, and global entities

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Placement and fieldwork opportunities contribute to experience-rich study

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Develop the skills needed for a wide range of careers in the environmental sector


Sustainable Tomorrows

The challenges brought by climate change and other environmental pressures threaten our natural environment and our health, economy, and infrastructure, but we need to provide workable solutions.

Our Environmental Science courses focus on tackling the challenges and solving the problems of climate change, renewable resources, environmental pollution, conservation for biodiversity and environmental management.

You will take your passion for the environment and make it into a career, learning the skills and knowledge required within the rapidly growing green economy, and priding yourself on the impact you make to local, national, and global environmental sustainability agendas.  

Fourth in UK for teaching in Earth and Marine Sciences (Guardian University Guide 2024)

Influence Change

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Our degrees are organised into a series of themes, each of linking to the environment sector. These themes include climate change, renewable resources and energy, biodiversity and conservation, environmental pollution, sustainable development, and environmental management. You can play a key role in providing solutions to the many challenges our environment faces.

Projects in Industry

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You will develop your skills and experience as you work on external environmental projects locally, nationally, and globally. This will enable you to have a positive and transformational impact as you engage society, business, and government in future solutions for environmentally sustainable development.

Employment Focused

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The numbers of jobs related to the green economy are growing rapidly, including well paid positions as many organisations and businesses increasingly try to reduce their environmental impact.  This course has been designed with industry to be employment focused and will give you knowledge, training, and experience in all of the key sectors for meeting the environmental challenges of the future. 

Environmental Sciences Courses

Undergraduate Courses

This course is a future-focused and solution-based programme in environmental science and climate change. It will enable you to have a positive and transformational impact as you engage society, business and government in future solutions for environmental sustainable development. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to follow a career in the rapidly growing green economy and environmental sector.

Postgraduate Courses

With safety, health and environmental issues becoming increasingly important, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills.

MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology course will develop the cutting-edge multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop a rewarding career in this fast-moving growth industry.

The world’s environments have long been threatened by human impact. As pressures on the natural environment intensify, there is a growing need for professionals skilled in conservation and environmental management.


Get Hands-on

Do you have a passion for hands-on learning? The fieldwork opportunities available through the USW Environmental Sciences courses put you at the forefront of field-based learning.

Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast are all nearby and provide a natural laboratory for study. We offer an impressive international portfolio of fieldwork too. 

You will have opportunities to further develop your practical skills, understanding and application by participating in our residential field courses.


Experience South Wales

The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.



Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Environmental Sciences Research

Influence Change

Joint first in the UK for impact out of 40 universities, our research often brings world-class facilities, such as specialist equipment and state-of-the-art laboratories, which you will be able to access. You can test the theory you’ve learnt in the classroom, supported by active researchers. 

Being taught by active researchers provides you with privileged access to the very latest practice and knowledge in your field.

Due to USW's commitment to research, 100% of our Environmental Sciences research impact is internationally excellent.

Environmental Sciences Research


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