Environmental Science

If you want to make a difference and change the future of the world in which we live for the better, and if you are inspired by the natural environment and its myriad interconnections and feedbacks, then environmental science is the subject for you.

Based at our Penryn Campus, Environmental science is a quantitative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding and managing the world in which we live. Environmental scientists are concerned with understanding spatial patterns in physical, biological and chemical phenomena in the Earth’s system at local, regional and global scales. They find appropriate solutions to environmental problems by assessing, reporting and quantifying environmental risks. They work in areas as diverse as contaminated land assessment and remediation, natural resource management, practical conservation, pollution mitigation, ecosystem service assessment, environmental monitoring, mapping and consultancy. Our degrees in Environmental Science will give you the skills and expertise you need to address the world’s greatest challenges in climate change, such as, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental decision-making.

Jobs in environmental sectors across the globe are likely to increase in the future as population growth intensifies the demand for resources and emerging global environmental policies place a question mark over the longevity of carbon-hungry energy supplies. A growing body of scientific evidence, with significant contribution from staff at the University of Exeter, is highlighting the fragile future of biodiversity, water resources, food security and natural carbon stocks under global climate change. Climate change is now acknowledged by scientists, governments, businesses and social, environmental and economic organisations as one of the greatest challenges of our time. Our changing environment presents a fascinating and urgent set of challenges and opportunities for today’s practitioners, policy makers and researchers. A degree in environmental science will place you in a unique position to capitalise on the growing number of jobs in the environmental sector once you graduate.