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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.



Key features

  • 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 take a Semester Abroad in another university, or a full International Year Abroad with one of our partner universities.
  • During the 2022/23 academic year we offered two fully funded Residential Field Courses to the Brecon Beacons and Provence (France).

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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.  

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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 2023, 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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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

Entry requirements

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.

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency and must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, Academic IELTs of 6.0 with a score of at least 5.5 in each component.

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

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”.


Part-Time Students

Applications to study the course part-time should be made directly to the University via the online application form.

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. Further information can also be found here.


Course content

Course content

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. Our residential fieldtrips are reviewed regularly and this page will continue to be updated regularly. 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


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


Year 2


  • Environmental Research Skills
  • Environmental Analysis and Interpretation 


Optional Professional Placement Year

  • An opportunity to take a Professional Placement Year

Optional International Year Abroad

  • Study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

You can find out more about studying Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc (Hons) with an International Year Abroad on our dedicated webpage.

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


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


  • Corporate Environmental Sustainability
  • Atmospheric Processes and Pollution Monitoring
  • River Conservation and Management
  • Countryside Conservation & Agricultural Change 
  • Professional Work Placement
  • Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
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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.

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.

Environmental Management & Sustainability with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year enables students to complete an extra year of study before starting the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability degree course. This route is for students that have not previously studied science subjects, or are returning to education, or don't currently meet the requirements for direct entry onto the degree course.

After successfully completing the Foundation Year, students will automatically progress onto the three-year BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability programme, or the four-year BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Professional Placement Year) programme. However, there is also the opportunity to take other courses at the University of Worcester.

The Foundation Year consists of four 30 credit mandatory modules:

  • The Chemistry of life

The module will cover a broad range of topics, from the basic principles of chemistry to more applied aspects of biochemistry. You will learn through a variety of activities, including lectures, workshops, teamwork, and hands-on activities.

  • Earth, Life and Diversity

You will study biology at a range of levels, from the very big, considering what conditions are needed for life and what makes the Earth a suitable place for it, to the very small, like examining what DNA is and how it works. You will therefore explore some fundamental biological questions.

  • Essential Skills for Scientists

You will be introduced to the key mathematical tools and techniques underpinning study in biological and environmental sciences. You will also have opportunity to develop your communication and critical thinking skills.

  • Science in Practice

The sessions will build upon the ideas introduced in the other three modules, giving you a greater understanding of how science works. You will learn a range of skills, covering a broad range of topics from using keys to identify species, to how to extract and examine DNA. You will develop your team working and professional skills through enquiry-based learning activities both in the field and in the lab.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

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.


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

In a typical week, students will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year there is normally slightly less contact time in order for students to engage with more independent study.   

Typical class contact time is structured around: 

  • Lectures - Focussed on delivering the core learning for a module, in which new information is presented and discussed. Lectures are interactive to enhance learning and understanding. 
  • Seminars - Focussed on broadening understanding through a greater level of discussion. Students are encouraged to actively participate rather than take notes. Some seminars are also student led. 
  • Laboratory Practicals - Focused on developing subject specific practical skills and provide the opportunity for students to work individually and/or part of a team. 
  • Computer Practicals – Students are immersed in the use of IT to gain generic and subject specific skills including mapping, data analysis, and modelling.  
  • Fieldwork - Provides the opportunity for students to put their learning into practice, which includes engaging in professional activities relevant to the environmental sector. Fieldwork also contributes to an enhanced understanding of the subject and enables students to engage with their peers in situations that cannot be replicated in lectures. 


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). 


  • 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.
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability (with International Year Abroad) – 4 years full-time.
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability (with Foundation Year & Professional Placement Year) BSc (Hons) – 5 years full-time.
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability BSc (Hons) – 6 years part-time.


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.


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
  • 1 Scientific report


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:

Dr John Dutton

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.


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. 


Professor Alan Dixon

Alan is an interdisciplinary Geographer and Human Ecologist with research interests in sustainable development and social-ecological systems, especially in the global south. 

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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 teaching and research ever since. His academic interests lie firmly within the arena of rural geography; and agricultural geography in particular, contributing to reinvigorating its relevance in human geography as agri-cultural geography. Nick’s work focuses particularly upon the social and cultural reasons which explain the way in which Western World models of global agriculture actually work, offering alternative explanations to those usually based solely on economics. This approach encompasses studying the interactions between farming people, agricultural policy and environmental impacts. Nick has also been at the forefront of the emergence of a critical new animal geography through his work on farm livestock and landscape.

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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.

Dr Heather Barrett

Dr Heather Barrett

Heather's main teaching and research interests relate to urban geography and planning. She is particularly interested in urban conservation and the tensions that exist between the desire to preserve urban heritage and the impulses for change and regeneration in cities. In addition to publishing research in this area, Heather is also the co-author of the undergraduate student text book Urban Geography, which has been informed by her undergraduate teaching at Worcester.

Professor Ian Maddock

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).




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.


Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year 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 enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Suitable outdoor clothing for some field trips, including wellington boots and strong outdoor shoes e.g. walking boots.

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


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 'Chestnut Halls' at £131 per week to 'Oak Halls' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How to 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.

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