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Environmental Science and Geography BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Ability to apply analytical techniques to real-life environmental problems
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics and issues, assessed through a diverse range of coursework types
  • Outstanding access to resources, including a GIS and Visualisation Suite, GPS units for field mapping, two river monitoring stations, laboratories, and a wide range of specialist equipment
  • Excellent local and residential fieldwork opportunities throughout the programme, which have repeatedly been commended by external experts
  • Numerous opportunities to apply the field techniques learnt as well as a residential field course to Provence, South of France
  • Industrial visits and meetings with environmental practitioners
  • Strong links with local employers provide opportunities for students to conduct exciting and innovative third-year research projects

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Environmental Science and Geography.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Duncan Westbury
Course Leader, Environmental Science
01905 54 2461

Dr Des McDougall
Head of Geography and Archaeology
01905 855440

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
People and Place


Module options:

Environmental Change – Past and Present
Introduction to Ecology   
Classification and Species Identification

Year 2

Core modules:

Research Practice and Professional Development
Ecology - Individuals to Ecosystems or
Theory and Practice of Environmental Analysis


Module options:

Soils and the Environment
Field Techniques and Identification Skills
Ecology of Freshwater 
Conservation Site Management Planning
Geography Field Course
Researching Geography
Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
Meteorology and Climate
River Monitoring and Assessment
Natural Hazards
Contemporary Issues in Human Geography
Geographies of Development
Rural Geography
Urban Geography
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study in Environmental Sciences
Residential Environmental Field Trip (to the South of France)
Sustainable Solutions for Energy and Waste Management
Environmental Impact Assessment


Module options:

Landscape Ecology
Restoration Ecology
Adaptations to Extreme Environments
Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
Town and Country Planning
Research Project in Geography
Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
River Conservation and Management
River Science Research Project
Environmental Geology
Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
Ice Age Environments
Critical Geographies of Leisure and Consumption
Political Geography
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa



This course will prepare you for a range of rewarding, interesting and diverse careers, such as environmental consultancy, roles in local government (e.g. environmental services, town and country planning, climate change development officers), conservation management, geographical information systems (GIS) management, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers, conservation, working with the wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching.

Potential employers include: the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Natural England, the Wildlife Trusts, and in analytical laboratories e.g. Eurofins.

There are many opportunities to extend one’s experience and enhance one’s CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several local government (such as local authority planning departments) organisations and other environmental and conservation agencies and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). Numerous undergraduates have volunteered to assist in the collection of River Science field data in recent years and have gained experience in using our state of the art river monitoring equipment. This has helped some of them gain employment after graduation in the water industry, with environmental consultancies and the Environment Agency.

Many of our students also continue their education by studying further for an MSc or PhD. Opportunities to pursue research careers at universities or research institutes are also available.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Environmental Science and Geography BSc (Hons) - NF98

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