BSc Environmental Science


Program Description


Our BSc Environmental Science programme is XJTLU’s foundational environmental degree, enabling you to learn the science behind the Earth’s amazing complexity and its environmental processes and to help prepare you to take a role in improving the future of our planet. Our staff include research experts and environmental practitioners who will share with you their practical and theoretical insights so that you emerge from your degree with an understanding of how to measure, evaluate, and make decisions about environmental issues.

We have specialised teams working in the areas of: biogeochemistry and environmental chemistry; soil, plant and invertebrate ecology; and physical geography and geomorphology. From day one of your degree, you will take a hands-on approach to the collection and analysis of environmental data in the field and laboratory. You will have the opportunity to learn sophisticated laboratory techniques and data analysis, such as the utilisation of Geographical Information Systems. You will have the opportunity to work and learn in inspiring places where you will gain practical field experience.

Our programme will expand your worldview and enable you to learn about Earth system processes at a range of scales, from local and regional to national and global. You’ll engage with issues relating to major world problems such as biodiversity loss, climate change, and disruption of the earth’s chemical cycles on which we depend to live. You will uncover the complexities in environmental decision making and discover ways to engage in environmental management. Throughout the programme, you will develop a wide range of practical skills to increase your employability.

Our programme encourages you to pursue your interests and shape your ambitions. Our degree offers you meaningful opportunities to develop research or to gain insights from industry leaders in the environmental private sector and non-governmental organisations through our department’s Development Advisory Board, a panel of distinguished environmental professions from China and overseas. You will also have the opportunity to engage with other important professionals and their organisations through field trips that are embedded in modules and work placement opportunities offered or recommended by our department.

Why Should I Study Environmental Science at XJLTU?

  • Outstanding academic staff and teaching and research platforms;
  • International standard curriculum that helps you to find your potential and which will increase your career competitiveness;
  • Focus on integration of global development with expertise in solutions to environmental problems;
  • Research-led teaching with emphasis on research in areas where humanity faces severe challenges.

Knowledge and skills

The aims or our programme are to help you to:

  • become an internationally prepared environmental science professional with problem-solving competencies across the major Programme focus areas of ecological, geophysical, and chemical system’s variability on regional and global scales, and the influence of humans upon it.
  • be able to demonstrate a high degree of scientific literacy, including an understanding of how scientific knowledge is constructed in our Programme focus areas, a firm grasp of fundamental and applied scientific perspectives, and a proficiency in laboratory- and field-based analysis.
  • approach environmental science from a research-led, interdisciplinary, and integrated systems perspective that incorporates the increasing complexity of regional and global issues within a life-long learning philosophy.
  • communicate in written and verbal forms such complexity and its relationship to society from a scientific perspective, promoting multicultural understanding of environmental issues and their importance to scientists and non-scientists alike.


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Fieldwork is a core part of the programme in all years.

Year Three

Year Four


You will have a wide range of career options including:

  • environmental consultant
  • governmental policy maker
  • environmental impact assessment specialist
  • laboratory scientist
  • geographic information systems analyst
  • ecosystem restoration engineer
  • environmental education officer
  • green technology specialist
  • nature conservation officer
  • waste management officer
  • waste quality scientist

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less