BSc (Honours) Climate, Sustainability and Environmental Management

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BSc (Honours)

Climate, Sustainability and Environmental Management

Tackle the challenges of the global climate emergency and nature’s recovery by integrating natural and social sciences with real-world learning opportunities.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

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    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Study the drivers and impacts of the climate emergency, combining multidisciplinary approaches to explore solutions for a sustainable future 
  • Gain anti-colonial, global perspectives of the varied dimensions of sustainability challenges, from environmental science, ecology, policy and social science
  • Combine work placements and innovative classroom learning to develop applied analytical skills for sustainable environmental management 
  • Build your network with ethical business leaders, international partners and voluntary organisations

This applied course will prepare you to tackle global challenges, with specialist knowledge in topics of critical importance. You'll become a catalyst of change, harnessing practical skills relevant to business, the public sector, research and non-governmental organisations.

This course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.  

On this course you’re able to specialise in critical areas for green careers, building your education around your ambitions. Crucially, the course is centred on applied, real-world experience, developed through employers, international partnerships, and civic activities within the local community. 

Learning and assessment is focused on hands-on, skills-based learning – taking a positive, solutions-based approach to the existential challenges posed by complex connections between the natural world and society. You’ll benefit from both classroom and real-world training – preparing yourself to face a future that demands urgent action.

High-quality teaching will be delivered by academics who conduct cutting-edge research – many of whom have professional experience in the environmental sector. Their specialisms include social patterns of resource consumption, rewilding and ecology, and environmental geoscience.

You learn through: 

  • Outdoor learning
  • Work placements 
  • Site visits 
  • Laboratory work 
  • Residential field trips 
  • Workshops 
  • Seminars 
  • IT sessions
  • Lectures 
  • Online learning 
  • Debates and discussions 

Key themes

This course is designed to ignite your passion for change. With inclusion at its core, the course takes an anti-colonial, international approach to climate, sustainability and environment teaching and learning. By bringing together natural and social sciences, you’ll explore a range of interconnected themes crucial to understanding and addressing the climate and biodiversity emergencies. 

Pathway themes include: 

  • Energy, resources and consumption 
  • Environmental change 
  • Sustainable societies 
  • Nature’s recovery 

Within these themes, topics include the energy transition, conservation and habitat management, adaptation and mitigation for a low-carbon future, sustainable waste and resource management, social and environmental justice, and disaster risk reduction.  

You’ll also have the opportunity to study and work abroad, with the possibility of funding through the Turing Scheme.

Course-level support

At every level of study, students are given the opportunity to thrive, culturally, personally and professionally. Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Access to support, resources, employer events and opportunities from your Careers & Employability Team

Find out more about our courses, facilities and student community on the SHU Geography and Environment website.

Course leaders and tutors

Natasha Dowey
Natasha Dowey
Associate Professor in Sustainable Geoscience and Volcanology

Applied learning

Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful. 

Work placement and study abroad 

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and final years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

A sandwich placement is recognised as the ‘gold standard’ opportunity to apply your knowledge within an industry of your choice, which we expect all our students to aspire to. Your course is designed to give you the knowledge, confidence and readiness to secure and succeed in your placement. 


Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and network with business figures – on employer-guided projects, guest lectures, and careers events. You’ll gain hands-on experience on live projects, working for reputable employers as part of your learning. 

You can also take part in coordinated volunteering in the local community and engage with accrediting bodies and staff research projects to further apply your skills in real-world contexts. These are chances to shine, make connections, and build a solid foundation for your future career.

Outdoor learning 

This course transcends the confines of the classroom – applied learning and real-world context are key to your future and success. Throughout your degree, your learning is enriched with activities from residential and field visits to natural and urban environments that extend your perspectives. 

There are also opportunities to visit key industries providing solutions for the future, which further increase your networking prospects.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Sustainability consultancy 
  • Environmental consultancy 
  • Ecology and biodiversity consultancy
  • Climate change governance and policy 
  • Energy and resources  
  • Waste management  
  • Green infrastructure  
  • Environmental science
  • Geospatial modelling 
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Academic research and think tanks 
  • Teaching 

You can also work in climate and sustainability roles in many other sectors, including law, business, finance and management.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students. 

On this course you will have access to:

  • A wide range of field equipment for sampling, surveying, measuring and monitoring the natural environment
  • Cutting-edge laboratories for analysing environmental materials and contaminants
  • An engineering laboratory with a hydraulic flume
  • Various Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software packages and technology 
  • A bespoke resources room for group work, IT work and quiet study

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level 
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • Merit overall from a T Level Qualification 
  • A combination of qualifications, and may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

GCSE equivalents

Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

• Access course in a relevant subject from an Open College Network accredited course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Building A Sustainable Future
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
  How Did We Get Here? Climate Change From Deep Time To The Anthropocene 
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Skills And Tools For Tackling Global Environmental Challenges
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Under Pressure – The Impacts Of The Climate Crisis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Climate Change And Sustainability In Research And Practice.
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Fieldwork For Global Challenges
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global Climate Emergency
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leave No One Behind: Just Transitions To A Sustainable Future
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Independent Discovery And Communication 
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Living Well In A Low Carbon Future
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Living With Hazard And Risk
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Nature Recovery And Sustainable Resource Management
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Study in brand-new facilities with access to state-of-the-art digital software and laboratory equipment

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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