Environmental Sciences with a Year in North America

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.5 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
200 place StudyQA ranking:1757 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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Every person alive is profoundly influenced by their environment every day but how well do you understand your environment and how it is affecting you?

Here in the oldest and largest School of Environmental Sciences in the UK we will help you to learn how the social, biological, physical and chemical components of your environment interact together to influence your life.

You will acquire a wide range of skills that will enable you to apply the most rigorous scientific analyses to current problems caused by the way in which mankind is changing our environment at a greater rate than ever before.

The Year in North America programme involves four years of study with the first two years at UEA following the BSc Environmental Sciences programme. The third year is spent at a University abroad. You return for your fourth year to UEA and complete the final year modules from the BSc Environmental Sciences.

The first year provides a very broad platform that ensures you have all the necessary building blocks to choose, from the very wide range listed below, a combination of honours units that best suit your individual interests.

This pathway is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Students will be eligible for Associate Membership of the IES upon graduation, with the opportunity of achieving Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.

Study Environmental Sciences at UEA and find out the answers to the following questions and many more...

  • What is the geological evidence for climate change?
  • How has the Earth changed over the last 2.5 million years?
  • How does pollution affect human health and well-being?
  • Can we predict the outcome of pollution many years in the future
  • What is biodiversity?
  • What is the philosophy behind the conservation of biodiversity?
  • How are international environmental treaties formed?
  • What are the political issues preventing a world wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Can we predict future climate change and its effects?
  • How would a volcanic eruption affect the global climate?
  • What drives the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans?
  • What is El Nino?
  • How can we reduce our energy consumption in the western world?
  • What are the environmental impacts of non-fossil fuels?
  • How are the risks of flooding reduced?
  • Can farmed land be managed to promote biodiversity and sustainability?
  • How can the environment be accounted for within an economic system?
  • What happens inside an erupting volcano?
  • Does ozone depletion have any implications for human health?

Field Course Options

Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our environmental science students. You will be introduced to many different geological environments, ecological habitats and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the wide range of field courses available.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

This year is designed to demonstrate that the major global environmental challenges facing mankind can be understood and managed only with a broad foundation extending across the physical, biological and social sciences. This multi-subject approach will be an opportunity for you to sample new subjects, to help you decide which topics to pursue later in your degree. It will also develop your scientific and numerical skills.

Year 2

You will have considerable flexibility to tailor your degree according to your interests. You will choose from the substantial range of modules that are spread across thematic areas, including: Earth Sciences and Natural Hazards; Atmospheric and Marine Pollution; Ecology and Conservation; Environmental Management.
Please note that the Year Abroad and Year in Industry are taken between years 2 and 3.

Year 3

Those students on the BSc programme will carry out some original research involving fieldwork into an environmental topic of their choice, under the supervision of a faculty member who will be an expert in your specialist area of the environmental sciences. This can be one of the most exciting and challenging parts of your degree.

Year 4 (MSci only)

During the final year of the integrated Masters programme you will study advanced Masters level modules chosen from the substantial optional range and undertake a substantial piece of independent research under the supervision of a research active member of faculty. Some examples of MSci dissertations include:

  • Exploring consequences of biochar incorporation into agricultural soils
  • Examining risk communication strategies for natural disasters
  • Examining the effects of climate change on coastal biodiversity.

Year Abroad

At the School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, Norwich we can offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a year of your studies abroad. The year abroad degree programmes are four years in duration. You will spend your first two years at UEA, Norwich. The third year is spent at a university (of your choice) abroad and the fourth and final year is spent back at UEA, Norwich. The overseas placement is subject to satisfactory academic performance during Years 1 and 2. Students on an exchange programme will be expected to pay 15% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year abroad and we will pay the overseas university.
The chance to spend a year abroad can be an experience of a lifetime as well as providing you with:
  • Travel opportunities
  • The opportunity to learn a second language
  • The chance to experience different cultures
  • The chance to study topics that we cannot provide here at UEA
Students on the North America exchange programme have the option to spend one year of their studies in either the USA or Canada. We currently exchange with a wide range of institutions (listed below). We will do our best to place you at the exchange university of your choice, however if the demand for a particular university exceeds the places available, you will be placed elsewhere.
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maine, Orono
  • University of Miami, Florida
  • Univerisity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • State University of New York, Plattsburgh
  • University of California

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78

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  • A Level: AAA
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 (incl 3 HL subjects at grade 6)
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAA
  • Access Course: See below
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% overall

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
  • PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants are asked to have at least one science based A2-level or equivalent. Acceptable science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Science credits.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.

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