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Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology

The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development are central to national and global economies. As the world’s industries and markets become greener, the need for scientists who specialise in environmental science and sustainable technology will continue to grow. The aim of this course is to produce graduate scientists for a range of interesting careers within the smart green economy.


Course Structure

This course provides a comprehensive foundation in the physical sciences of physics and chemistry together with modules in mathematics, instrumentation, computer technology and biology. There is a continual green ethos throughout the course to stimulate graduates to become champions of sustainability by the provision of green technical and green managerial modules. There are modules covering recycling, reduction, reuse, water quality and air quality to ensure that graduates are fully up-to-date with the legal, economic and technical aspects of these key topics.


In addition to the scientific and technical modules there are a number of modules to develop competences in report writing, presentation skills, communication skills, research and team work. Furthermore, there is an emphasis on enquiry and project-based learning throughout the course to encourage enterprise, independent learning and innovation. In the final year of the course there is a major project in the area of environmental science and sustainable technology.

Work Placement: In Year 3, for a minimum of 8 weeks, students are placed in an environmental science and sustainable technology role within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the work placement to be in an international location.


This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.


The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.

Career Opportunities


Green employment opportunities and the range of green careers are growing. Being multi-skilled and interdisciplinary, graduates of this course can expect to find excellent employment opportunities, nationally and internationally, in areas such as green consulting, environmental management, environmental consulting, green auditing, energy auditing, environmental monitoring, waste and emissions reduction, energy generation using sustainable technologies, carbon footprint reduction, research & development and business development.

For more course details on BSc (Honours) Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology go to course/CR365


Laboratory Photos


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