University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
Geographical Sciences
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Why study environmental sciences?

With the increasing pressure from the world’s growing population, world population leading to growing demands and pressures being placed on the environment, addressing environmental sustainability is of enormous societal importance to ensure that water, food and other natural resources are available in the future. . Growing population sizes, higher standards of living and an increasingly aging population mean that addressing environmental challenges to ensure sustainability is of enormous societal importance

The natural world is complex and human activity can have unexpected consequences that are hard to reverse. The study of how physical and biological processes maintain life, and how humans affect nature, requires a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Environmental problems and their associated solutions typically involve social, political and economic aspects which the scientist must be aware of.

This is why the dedicated study of environmental science is so important. It is only by understanding how the world works that we can begin to tackle some of our pressing problems.


Why study with us?

The School of Geographical Sciences is open and welcoming and we take pride in having small classes and getting to know all of our students. We are proud of the supportive family atmosphere within our school and our teaching quality is consistently rated as amongst the highest in the university by our students.

Our undergraduate programme covers all the major aspects of environmental sciences and aims to equip you with a deep understanding of the discipline. We also aim to develop your practical, analytical and communication skills to enhance your future career prospects.

You will benefit from a wealth of unique opportunities that only an international, multi-campus university such as Nottingham can offer. For an environmental scientist, this means that you will be able to experience multiple environmental systems across China, Malaysia and the UK and gain a greater understanding of the environmental challenges facing our planet. 


Programmes available

The School offers one undergraduate programme (2+2 Environmental Sciences) and two postgraduate programmes:




Environmental Sciences is a broad subject which contains a variety of topics. The course contains many practicals and field trips which enables us to learn from real world experiences. I benefited a lot from my experience with School of Geographical Sciences.

It is a small group of students; we established very good relationship among each other. We learn together, carry each other and make progresses together.

Lecturers and professors are also willing to help, share not only academic knowledge, but also life lessons with us.

In terms of developing my career, UNNC provide me with an opportunity to compete with students from top universities in China during job interview and assessment centre. My career in consulting company is actually quite similar to what I have been doing in university.

My career requires me to have fast learning skills and be able to research and analyse issues and eventually find an answer to that. Those skills are the things I have been practising consistently in UNNC during course works and assignments, even though the topics are different, but the methodology and your logical thinking process behind it are similar.

In my career, how to build strong argument and with data back it up is crucial, and those are the skills I have been developing during UNNC by writing essay and dissertations.



---- Yiqing (Charles) Qian, graduated in 2014

BSc Environmental Sciences (2+2)

Yiqing Qian

2015 MSc Business Management

University College London, UK

2016 – present Graduate Management Training Scheme

Nielsen Associates Shanghai, PRC 



My four years studying BSc in Environmental Science in University of Nottingham is definitely an intellectually rewarding journey. The Geography Department this course dwell on is highly distinctive and internationally recognized, which offers life-changing post-graduate and work opportunities.

I did not only benefit from those high-profile courses but was also greatly inspired by its broader academic communities. Strongly supported by my supervisors and the head of the School, I could be able to study at the most prestigious University in human history.





---- Mo (Mia) Li, graduated in 2014

BSc Environmental Sciences (2+2)

Mo Li2015 MSc Water Science, Policy and Management

University of Oxford, UK

2016 – present PhD candidates of Sustainable Agricultural Engineering

University of New South Wales