BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography

University of Stirling

Program Description

BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geography

University of Stirling


‌Environmental Geography is the integrated study of the world, its landscapes, places, people and their relationship with the environment. Environmental Geography seeks to make sense of the world we live in and is unique in bridging the environmental and social sciences.

‌ While Physical Geography and Human Geography are disciplines in their own right, Environmental Geography combines these subjects to provide a much-needed capability to study and understand interactions between people, and between people and the environments in which they live. Environmental Geographers have expert knowledge and skills to research, analyse and communicate how the changing environment affects our lives. Their ability to visualise geographical issues at different spatial scales, from global to local and to offer solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems, ensures that graduates in Environmental Geography are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.

This subject may be studied in combination with a number of other subjects - learn more.

What makes us different?

Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES) within the Faculty of Natural Sciences is a multi-disciplinary department that participates in research and teaching in a broad range of subjects in the biological and environmental sciences. The principal focus of the research is at the interface between the environment and society. Within BES, staff conduct research in areas as diverse as the reconstruction of past landscapes; conservation, environmental impact assessment and environmental management and evolutionary ecology of plants and animals. BES is a friendly, vibrant, and dynamic place in which to learn and research with a great sense of belonging engendered in our students from their very first days at the University.

Research-led teaching is the key to deep learning and understanding. The academic staff in Biological and Environmental Sciences at Stirling are typically world leaders in their respective fields, thus ensuring that research-led teaching is at the core of all of our courses. Many students work closely with academics throughout their time and benefit from actively participating in research programmes. We have strong contacts with external conservation and environmental organizations who also contribute to the undergraduate experience. This approach ensures that our students appreciate the transferable nature of a science degree and see how their learning can be applied to the real world.

Entry requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level: BBB

IB Diploma: 32 points

BTEC (Level 3): DDM

Essential subjects: To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher: ABB

GCE A-level: ABB

IB Diploma: 35 points

Essential subjects: To include one of Environmental Science, Geography or Geology AND one of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Politics or Sociology.

Other qualifications

Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Advanced entry
Not available

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Essential subjects: As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.
Mathematics Standard Grade (2), National 5 (B), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent required.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing, and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Structure and content

Environmental Geography is an integrated four-year degree course that provides you with training across the spectrum of the subject. Environmental Geography and Education provides graduates with a teaching qualification in Geography (and Modern Studies) as recognized by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

This qualification is achieved within four years compared to the normal five-year route if you were to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) following on from an Honours degree.

Environmental Geography

Semesters 1 – 4

You will take the following core modules:

  • People and the Environment
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Building Planet Earth (Geology)
  • Landscape Evolution (Geomorphology)
  • Ecology
  • Biosphere
  • Statistical Techniques
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques

Each semester you will also choose an additional module from a wide range of options from across the university to broaden your horizons.

Semesters 5 - 8

Years 3 and 4 offer increased specialization. Students may choose from advanced modules including, for example,

  • Environmental Hazards,
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Glaciers and Landscape
  • Core issues in Geography

A residential field class forms an element of the course. Students may choose to either go to southern Spain or to Iceland.

Students must pay a contribution towards costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence for the Scottish field course in a 2nd year and the optional field course in a 4th year.

In addition, all Honours students develop their research skills through the completion of an Environmental Geography dissertation in a subject of their choosing.

Environmental Geography and Education

Semesters 1 - 8

You will take the core modules for Environmental Geography as well as:

  • Learners and Learning in Education
  • Challenges and Trends in Education
  • Introduction to Pedagogy
  • Information Technology Skills
  • The Nature and Goals of Teaching
  • Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Units of Work
  • Either two modules of Politics or two modules of Sociology
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Pupil Support and Curriculum Studies

In addition, all Honours students complete a teaching-related Geography project. A residential field class in Spain is an optional element*.

You will undertake three school placements. The first two normally take place in January and February, between Semesters 3 and 4, and between Semesters 5 and 6. In the final year, 12 weeks of teaching practice are undertaken in Semester 7.

Delivery and assessment

At all levels of the degree, we emphasize practical local field studies. There’s a range of natural environments around Stirling, plus easy access to major urban and industrial centres, new towns and rural settlements. Assessment balances coursework and examinations.

Study abroad opportunities

As well as the exchange opportunities available to all Stirling students, Environmental Geography has well-established course links with the University of Guelph in Canada. Students may spend either one or two semesters during Year 3, studying courses equivalent to those taken at Stirling and have the opportunity to broaden your geographical and cultural experience.

Career opportunities

Graduates enter a wide range of professions and are considered valuable recruits are given the broad range of skills that they develop throughout the course. These include both Communication and Information, and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.

Geography provides a unique combination of subject-specific and generic skills so that geographers can enter a diverse range of careers, including education. Geographers are attractive to employers because of their understanding of relationships between environment and people, their spatial awareness and their skills in areas such as field investigation, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and information technology.

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 14,460.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
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Start Date
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Aug. 2018
3 - 4 years
Part time
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1,820 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
Start date: Aug. 2018
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United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Overseas students (non-EU): £ 14,460 - Scottish and EU students: £ 1,820 - Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250