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What makes Environmental Management and Sustainability at Worcester special?

With increasing concerns about climate change and the impacts of humans on our planet there has never been a more important time to study this highly contemporary and engaging course if you want to make a difference.

There has never been such a demand for environmental and sustainability experts; this new and exciting course has been created specifically to address how we can manage the environment better with a key focus on sustainable futures.

The course has been inspired by leading employers and developed in conjunction with experts working in the environmental sector. Employability skills are therefore at the core of your learning. Employers will want the skills you acquire.

You will gain skills in the assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and interpretation of interactions between humans and the environment, and learn how to develop recommendations for sustainable management.

This is a course for students that want a stronger focus on environmental science set within the context of Environmental Management & Sustainability.

The course is set strongly in the context of environmental and socio-economic sustainability and how environmental management can be used to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You will be taught by university lecturers carrying out internationally recognised research to address environmental issues, including pollution, sustainable food production, and the conservation of species and habitats.

At the University of Worcester, we will work with you to help ensure you get more from your degree than just an excellent education and student experience.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Residential field courses in all three years of the course. Year one: Brecon Beacons National Park, Year two: Southern France, and Year three: India (in conjunction with the University of Calcutta), including a stay in a Tiger Reserve in West Bengal (Sundarbans National Park).
  • Extensive training and use of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to measure and monitor environmental impacts, including using drones to sample and map air pollution.
  • A course that equips students with the skills needed to investigate environmental issues in relation to the sustainable management of resources.
  • Being taught by internationally recognised researchers at the forefront of their disciplines.
  • Strong emphasis on the attainment of field and lab skills enabling students to thoroughly investigate issues and gain the skills demanded by employers.
  • Superb links with the environmental sector enabling students to gain additional skills and experiences outside of the degree programme.
  • Opportunity to gain extra professional experience by taking a Professional Placement Year or Professional Work Placement.
  • Emphasis on authentic coursework assessments preparing you for the workplace.
  • Opportunity to study a foreign language and/or study overseas for part of your course.
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Accreditation

The course is Accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

Accreditation means the course meets very high standards of teaching and learning, supported by a strong component of practical, field, and theoretical activities.

Our students can apply for free Student Membership, starting your journey in becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

The course provides an opportunity to visit India and stay in a Tiger Reserve

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Planting Trees to Make A Difference

For every student that visits the University of Worcester to find out more about BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability at an Open Day, or starts the course in September 2022, we will plant a tree for you!

This unique scheme is kindly supported by Pryor & Rickett Silviculture who specialise in woodland management throughout the UK.

You can be part of the solution to address climate change by studying Environmental Management & Sustainability at the University of Worcester.

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Sustainability Institution of the Year 2019 - Green Gown Winner

In 2019, the University of Worcester was voted Sustainability Institution of the Year at the prestigious Green Gown Awards.

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Sustainability Ranking

People & Planet University League

The University was also ranked 5th out of 154 in the UK’s greenest universities in the 2019 People & Planet University League.

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EcoCampus Platinum

We were the first English University to achieve EcoCampus Platinum status in June 2010.

We were also the second English University to gain ISO14001:2015 for all our campuses. 

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104-120
UCAS tariff points

UCAS tariff

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of two A levels and at least one from the following subjects:

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths, and Physics.

A common way of achieving this UCAS Tariff are grades BCC - BBB at A level.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Non-standard entry via the exploratory essay route is also available.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements or returning to education? Consider studying Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Foundation Year). Following successful completion of the Biological Sciences foundation year you can automatically progress onto the three-year BSc Environmental Management & Sustainability programme, or the four-year BSc Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Professional Placement Year) programme.

Further information can be gained by contacting the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk

Other information

International Students – Making an Application

If you are applying as an EU or Non-EU student you are strongly advised to apply online through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

If you are using The Common Application, you can add the University of Worcester to your list of colleges via this link and complete the application there. Further information can be found here “Making an International Application”.

International students not quite meeting the entry requirements can still apply for this course through the University of Worcester International College (UWIC) programme (see below for further details).

Mature Students

We welcome applicants who hold alternative qualifications/experience and mature students who can demonstrate the ability to benefit from the course and show their potential to complete the course successfully. Although recent preparatory study at an appropriate level (e.g. an Access to Higher Education Diploma) is recommended, students may be considered on the basis of prior evidenced professional/work experience and/or other assessment procedures, and the assessment of personal suitability. University Admissions office staff can offer information, advice and guidance on this process.

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University of Worcester International College (UWIC) programme

International students not quite meeting the entry requirements can still apply for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability course through the University of Worcester International College (UWIC) programme

Students who successfully complete UWIC Stage 1 will progress to UWIC Stage 2 Integrated Level 4 Programme which involves completing 120 credits of University of Worcester modules as set out in the award map, plus a year-long study skills programme with UWIC.  

Students will be required to successfully complete the UWIC study skills programme in addition to meeting the University requirements for progression to Level 5 of the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability programme.   

 

Course content

What will you study?

The course is informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, our external examiner and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.  If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Environmental Investigations
  • An Introduction to Sustainability
  • Management of Ecological Resources

Optional 

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Environmental Research Skills
  • Environmental Analysis and Interpretation 

Optional 

Optional Professional Placement Year

  • An opportunity to take an optional Professional Placement Year

Year 3/4 (depending on whether you choose the placement year)

Mandatory

  • Dissertation in Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Pollution 

Optional

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Environmental Management and Sustainability Module highlights

Download this brochure to find out more about the modules available to you on the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability course

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Fieldwork Opportunities

Central to our approach to teaching Environmental Management & Sustainability is providing the opportunity for students to gain substantial fieldwork experiences. 

Fieldwork is embedded throughout the course, enabling you to apply and extend your knowledge and skills in the ‘real world’. This experiential learning underpins and reinforces your understanding of the theory and concepts taught in the classroom, preparing you for employment and/or further study.  

The City of Worcester is perfectly located for studying Environmental Management & Sustainability. It combines rural and cityscape landscapes, whilst providing excellent opportunities to study the impacts of industry on the environment, including agriculture, energy production, waste disposal and mining. Built around the River Severn (UK’s longest river), it also provides excellent opportunities for students wanting to include river management and monitoring in their course.

You can also gain experiences further afield during residential field courses to the Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales), Provence (Southern France), and Kolkata (India).

Find out more about our Residential Field Courses

Gain skills in Environmental Analysis

The Environmental Management & Sustainability course will also equip you with the skills needed to fully investigate environmental issues using state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies. Did you know staff in the Department lead international research on aerobiology and provide the daily pollen forecast for the Met Office!

On successful completion of the course you will be highly competent in the collection of a variety of environmental samples, including air, water, and soil, for the analysis of pollutants (e.g. microplastics, heavy-metals, hydrocarbons, bacteria, and VOCs). The use of fixed-wing and rotary-wing drones, as used by leading industry experts, will be key.

Environmental Management & Sustainability with Professional Placement Year

On successful completion of your second year of study, there is the opportunity to take a Professional Placement Year to gain invaluable experience working in the environmental and sustainability sectors.

Employers value the contribution that students make to the workplace and are therefore very keen to take on placement students for this period. Potential opportunities include environmental consultancy, working in environmental management and sustainability roles for a company/organisation, and working in environmental laboratories.

If you would rather complete your degree within three years but still gain additional work experience, there is also the option to take a Professional Work Placement module in your final year of study.

During your Professional Placement Year, you will be allocated a visiting tutor who will liaise with you and make visits to you at the workplace or arrange virtual meetings, particularly if you are working outside of the UK.

To follow the Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Professional Placement Year) programme, you should select UCAS code F852.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

At the University of Worcester, we ensure you are afforded the opportunity to attain your full academic potential. We enable you to develop independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning, whilst enhancing your future employment success.

Your University education will be based on an integral mixture of independent study, a wide variety of taught sessions, and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system. With regular meetings with your academic tutor you will be able to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enhance your employability.

For an overview of this programme watch our course talk video.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, field trips, site visits, and laboratory practicals. Furthermore, due to our excellent contacts in the environmental sector, you will also have guest lectures from industry experts.

At the University of Worcester, you will receive essential training in a variety of field and laboratory techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Continuing technological advances means the discipline rapidly changes, and at Worcester, due to our impressive research profile you will be trained in highly advanced and cutting-edge techniques.

In the second year of your course, you have the option to study abroad for a semester at a university either in Europe or further afield. Previous students have studied at American, Australian, Canadian, and Spanish universities. Other destinations are also available! On successful completion of your second year of study you can also choose to take a Professional Placement Year with a relevant organisation.

Contact time

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each consisting of 12 weeks of teaching. In year’s one and two, you can expect to have 12-16 contact hours of teaching each week, whilst in your final year you will normally have slightly less contact time to enable student-led independent study, particularly on your dissertation project.

The type of teaching activities varies per module, but during a typical week in Year One you can expect to have:

  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of laboratory practicals
  • 2 hours of fieldwork activities
  • 2 hours of computer practicals

Independent self-study

In addition to contact time with University teaching staff, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading through your lecture notes and adding to these, reading additional material provided by lecturers, undertaking research in the library and online, collecting information for individual and group projects, and working on assignments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and its library resources, the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), and extensive on-line learning resources (e.g. e-books). 

Duration

  • Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc (Hons) – 3 years full-time.
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Professional Placement Year) BSc (Hons) – 4 years full-time.
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Foundation Year) - 4 years full-time.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of modules on the course. The team includes professors in atmospheric science, senior academics with strong research backgrounds, and guest lectures from experts from outside the University (e.g. Marine Conservation Society, SLR Consulting, and the Environment Agency). Practical sessions are fully supported by a dedicated team of technicians, which serves to enhance the student experience. Research students with relevant expertise are also invited to contribute to teaching under the supervision of module leaders.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and more than 85% of lecturers in the School of Science and Environment have a higher education teaching qualification and/or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Due to the interactive nature of taught sessions, you will have ample opportunity to get to know your lecturers, which ultimately benefits your learning. Due to the strong emphasis on students gaining practical skills and working as part of a team, you will also get to know many of the students on your course and become part of the vibrant student community.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments, which do not contribute towards your final grade. This approach prepares you for the formal ‘summative’ assessments, which contribute towards the overall grade achieved for that module. 

To enhance the employability of our graduates there is a focus on authentic coursework that is directly related to real-world situations. We use a wide range of assessment types including scientific reports, practical reports, essays, case study evaluations, management plans, oral presentations, in-class tests, and exams. However, there is less emphasis on in-class tests and exams. In fact, based on the typical assessment pattern outlined below, only 8% of assessment items are exam based.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the optional modules taken, but a typical summative assessment pattern according to course year is as follows:

Year One

  • 1 Research report
  • 1 Scientific report
  • 1 Practical report
  • 1 Essay
  • 1 Oral presentation
  • 1 Poster presentation
  • 1 Exam
  • 2 Portfolios

Year Two

  • 1 Case study evaluation
  • 1 Consultancy report
  • 2 Scientific reports
  • 2 Practical reports
  • 1 Research proposal
  • 1 Research project report
  • 2 Oral presentations
  • 1 In-class test
  • 1 Field notebook
  • 1 Scientific news article

Year Three

  • 1 Dissertation
  • 1 Restoration plan
  • 1 Essay
  • 2 Case study evaluations
  • 1 Case study critical analysis
  • 4 Oral presentations
  • 2 Scientific reports

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice ‘formative’ assessments and on formal ‘summative’ assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with your personal academic tutor and module tutors as appropriate. 

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of submission.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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Dr Duncan Westbury

Dr Duncan Westbury is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability. He joined the University of Worcester in 2011 after nearly 10 years of post-doctoral research and lecturing at the University of Reading. He has gained a very strong background in applying ecological principles to habitat creation and management, with specific research experience on the management of agroecosystems to support biodiversity whilst simultaneously supporting ecosystem services within agricultural landscapes.

Previously, Duncan has been a lead plant ecologist on several Defra-funded agro-ecology projects investigating methods of promoting biodiversity in arable and grassland habitats. At the University of Worcester, he leads the Sustainable Environments Research Group (SERG)

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Dr John Dutton

Dr John Dutton joined the University of Worcester in May 2009 with a strong and extensive lecturing background having lectured at the Associate Faculty of UWE, Hartpury College and at Otley College, Suffolk. He has eclectic research experience, which includes investigating the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, small mammal habitat use, restoration ecology and the reintroduction of European beavers, wild boar in the Forest of Dean and expedition-based ecological research.

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Professor Carsten Ambelas Skjøth

Carsten has long term experience with atmospheric science in relation to climate, meteorology, bioaerosols, atmospheric chemistry and physics. Key areas of interest include existing and new approaches for detecting and modelling these processes (e.g. using drones, real-time sensors, environmental DNA and next generation weather forecast models) from global to local scale by using both ground based observations, advanced mathematical models and remote sensing. His teaching is directly related to these activities both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Dr Matthew Smith

Matt has experience of teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students both in the UK and abroad (e.g. Austria and Poland). Matt is an active researcher, and is best known for his work as an aerobiologist studying temporal and spatial variations in airborne allergenic pollen and fungal spores. Other research interests include climate change impacts with particular focus on allergy and health, environmental change in relation to the distribution of allergenic plants, and phenology. He has co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed scientific journal articles and five book chapters, and currently works as an editor for three journals.

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Professor Nick Evans

Prof Nick Evans joined the Geography Department at Worcester in the 1990s and has been dedicated to the development of excellence in both research and teaching during this time. His academic interests lie firmly within the arena of agricultural geography, contributing to reinvigorating its relevance in human geography as agri-cultural geography. Nicks work focuses particularly upon the social and cultural reasons lying behind the way agriculture in the Western World is practised, offering alternative explanations to those usually based on economics. Using this approach, he is striving to uncover how agricultural policies and farm families really work!

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Dr Sian Evans

Dr Sian Evans joined the University of Worcester in 2010 after a number of different roles in academia and industry. Sian has diverse interdisciplinary research and teaching interests in sustainability and environmental and cultural geographies, she also works closely with the University’s Director of Sustainability on a range of university and community sustainability initiatives.

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Professor Ian Maddock

Professor Ian Maddock joined Worcester in 1993 and has teaching and research interests in River Science, Hydromorphology and the use of drones or Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for high resolution surveys and to assess environmental change.

Ian's University learning and teaching experience includes being a tutor for BSc Geography, BSc Physical Geography and BSc Environmental Science degrees and the newly created BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability degree. He also led the development of and is course leader for the MRes in River Science. He teaches on a range of modules including generic modules (e.g. Environmental Investigations, Dynamic Earth, Geographical Investigations) and subject specific modules (e.g. River Conservation and Management, River Monitoring and Assessment, The Physical Geography of Mountain Environments, the Mountain Environments Field Course).

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Rebecca Collins

Becky Collins is an Associate Lecturer and a postgraduate researcher focussing on river science, geomorphology and GIS.After several years spent working for the Environment Agency as a Flood and Coastal Risk Management Advisor, she brings her industry experience and knowledge to her teaching to help equip students with the skills needed for a rewarding career in the environment sector.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

As a graduate of Environmental Management & Sustainability from the University of Worcester, you will have had the opportunity to gain many specialist skills deemed essential by the employers in the environmental sector. We know this because our Employers’ Forum which consists of members from across the sector including environmental consultancies, and government agencies have helped shape and develop the curriculum; they also continue to contribute to its annual review.

On graduating you will have developed a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills, and transferable skills demanded of graduates by employers. These will include the ability to work independently and as part of a team; communicate effectively (both written and oral); be highly competent in the use of information technology (IT); and be able to critically evaluate information.

If you decide to take a Professional Placement Year in industry after successfully completing your second year, you will also be able to demonstrate work-related experiences to potential employers, helping you secure relevant employment. At the University of Worcester, we will work with you to help ensure you get more from your degree than just an excellent education and student experience.

The Environmental Management & Sustainability course will prepare you for a broad range of rewarding careers, including environmental consultancy, environmental managers, roles in local government (e.g. environmental services, town and country planning, climate change development officers) and environmental analysis laboratories. Potential employers include: the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, environmental consultancies (e.g. AECOM, SLR Consulting, Wildlife Trusts), and waste management companies, but also all companies engaging with environmental management and sustainability. Opportunities to pursue a research career would also be available.

Graduates not wanting to go directly into employment will also have the opportunity to gain further qualifications through relevant MSc, MRes, or PhD programmes.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

You will also need a lab coat and suitable outdoor clothing for some field trips, including wellington boots and strong outdoor shoes e.g. walking boots.

You will need to pay extra for any optional residential field courses you take: Mediterranean Environments Field Course approx. £700, and for the Environmental Management & Sustainability in India (Field course) approx. £1,800.

If you choose to take a Professional Placement Year or Professional Work Placement, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. 

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability - F850

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability (with Foundation Year) - F851

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability (with Professional Placement Year) - F852

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability (with Foundation Year & Professional Placement Year) - F853

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.  

Dr Duncan Westbury

Course leader

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