BSc Environmental Science XJTLU

Bachelor’s in Environmental Science

Introduction to the Program

The Bachelor’s in Environmental Science at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a three or four year program for international students taught in English.


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. As an independent Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the first and only one of its kind approved by the Ministry of Education in China. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool.

About the Program

The BSc Environmental Science programme help you to systematically understand the origin, evolution and future development of the earth environment. You will learn how to solve problems relevant to environment pollution, environmental protection and sustainable development from biological, ecological, chemical and management perspectives.

About The Department of Environmental Science

The Department of Environmental Science at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is one of the University’s newest departments and has already attracted a healthy number of academically talented undergraduate students. We have academic staff recruited from excellent universities and institutes around the world.

Our ambition is to conduct research to provide holistic solutions for big environmental issues in China and elsewhere today, such as living with environmental change, biodiversity loss, pollution, land and water management. To achieve this, we will work in partnership with governments, research institutes, businesses, industries and communities to put our expertise to good use.


You will have a wide range of career options including:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Governmental policy maker
  • Environmental impact assessment specialist
  • Laboratory scientist/technician
  • Geographic information systems analyst
  • Ecosystem restoration engineer
  • Environmental education officer
  • Green technology specialist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Waste management officer
  • Waster quality scientist
Knowledge and Skills

The BSc Environmental Science programme will help you to understand:

  • fundamentals in ecology
  • environment chemistry and biology
  • geomorphology and geographic information system
  • soils and sustainable water resources
  • management and remediation of pollution sites
  • environment management and environment impact assessment
  • causes and responses to climate change and other global environmental issues
  • ocean, forest and river ecosystems and their interaction with human activities

Start Date of the Program


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 relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students have completed A-levels of International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points
  • SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.
  • AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

English Language Requirements

If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.0 or above will take five credits EAP.

Application Deadline

30th June


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

  • Ecology and conservation
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Dynamic landscapes
  • Environmental pollution
  • Research and geographic information systems (GIS) skills
  • Biodiversity
  • Introduction to planet earth
  • Aquatic field skills

Year Three

  • Research design
  • Statistics for environmental scientists
  • Spatial modelling with geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing
  • Environmental change: past, present and future
  • Soils and the environment
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Aquatic and urban ecology
  • Environmental science field skills

Year Four

  • Environmental remediation and rehabilitation field class
  • Ecology in a changing world
  • Agriculture, food and environment
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Fluvial systems: from headwaters to the coast
  • Final year project

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB88,000 per year. The total for the 4 year program is 352000 RMB.

Fees for studying in the University of Liverpool, UK

Tuition Fee: GBP 12,000 – 16,000 (approximately)


The accommodation facilities are located within the Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, where the University is situated. All accommodation within this area is private and managed by the Suzhou Industrial Park Education Development & Investment Limited Company (SIPEDI), and also provides to students studying at other institutions.

For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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