BSc Environmental Sciences and International Development

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(2014 Research Excellence Framework)


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This unique degree takes advantage of UEA's globally recognised expertise in both Environmental Science and International Development to give you world-class training in the interplay between our physical environment and human society.

The courses focuses on the science and management of natural resources, the effects of environmental change, and the importance of conservation and sustainable development in maintaining a habitable planet.

You'll be introduced to the discipline's major themes in your first year, while learning the analytical tools you need to understand them more deeply. Your second year is hugely flexible, with over 50 modules to choose from as you explore your own interests, and in your final year you'll have the chance to study or work in a developing country before bringing everything you've learnt together into a research project.


There is a pressing need for people with knowledge of environmental implications who can use their expertise to help countries and communities to develop. Human societies depend on their physical and natural environment for their livelihoods and wellbeing, and development is essential to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions. This degree programme will give you the skills to not only carry out this development, but also ensure that it is sustainable.

This innovative three year degree programme, offered jointly by the School of Environmental Sciences and School of International Development, is renowned for its quality and teaching acumen.

The course allows you to explore the varied links between the environment and international development. It focuses on the science and management of natural resources, the effects of environmental change, and the importance of conservation and sustainable development, many of these in both local and global contexts. You will also be able to tailor your learning programme according to your own interests as you select modules from an extensive and diverse range of subjects, including year-long overseas or industrial placement modules to enhance your learning experience.

Alternatively you can gain first-hand work experience in the developing world by opting for our overseas work experience module in the final year. You will be able to benefit from existing links within the School of International Development to arrange placements in teaching, conservation or community care in places such as Peru, Togo, Mongolia, Thailand, Nepal and Kenya. If overseas experience isn’t for you, the independent research project can be completed at UEA during the final year.

By studying Environmental Sciences and International Development at UEA you find out the answers to these 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?
  • How are international environmental treaties formed?
  • How can the environment be accounted for within an economic system?

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.

Course Structure

The degree is run across the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of International Development in order to offer students a wide range of diverse modules. This flexibility allows students to tailor their degree around their specific interests, possibly focusing on a particular developing region or applying niche principles across a wider cross-section of the developing world.

First Year
A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the major global environmental challenges of international development. These will be taken alongside multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science to develop the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists and Dynamic Earth.

Second Year
In your second year you will be given greater freedom to tailor your course around your own interests, choosing from over 50 specialist modules from Aquatic Ecology to Atmospheric Chemistry. You will also have the option to study abroad in Europe, North America or Australasia for the year, or alternatively spend a year working on an industrial placement accumulating vital experience.

Final Year
During your final year you will have the opportunity to spend the autumn semester of the final year studying or working in the developing world in a related department on an established course of study at an institution recommended by UEA. Study destinations include Fiji, Mauritius, Vietnam, India, Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon and Egypt. Your time abroad will be spent studying.

You will also undertake a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests. You will also study advanced level subjects chosen from a wide range of optional modules, from Fossil Fuels to Contemporary Issues in Resource Development and Conservation. This will be alongside a further free choice module taken from across the university.


A variety of assessment methods are employed within this course, dependant on the module you are studying. They range from 67% examination and 33% coursework, to 100% coursework. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, field notebooks and seminar presentations.

Course Modules


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL Geography at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Geography
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including Geography
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 Level 3 credits and 15 at Merit, including 12 Level 3 credits in Geography
  • BTEC Only accepted alongside A-level Geography
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, with at least 70% in Geography

Entry Requirement


You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

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):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3 


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe 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 to contact directly to discuss this further.


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

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.


How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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