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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Environmental Science

Study a course accredited by the Landscape Institute and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? F750
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Take part in residential field courses and local day visits.
  • Develop your research and scientific skills in the laboratory and through fieldwork.
  • Prepare for a successful future career by developing a wide range of graduate attributes alongside your environmental knowledge.
  • Study a course accredited by the Landscape Institute and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

Gain an understanding of the key issues in environmental science, studying principles from both the natural and the social sciences. You are taught by experts who will provide you with opportunities to apply your learning in the real world – both in the laboratory and through field trips and day visits.


Student View

Watch student Eleanor Savage talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Naomi Holmes talk about this course.

Our enthusiastic staff have all worked or carried out research in the field of environmental science. We encourage you to become an active, self-directed learner, preparing you for whatever you choose to do after your degree. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand

  • the interactions between natural systems
  • past, present and future human influences on the environment
  • the monitoring and management of natural and human-induced environmental changes
  • the sustainable management of natural resources, waste and energy

You learn through

  • fieldwork
  • laboratory classes
  • practical IT classes
  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops and tutorials
  • independent research project

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Joanne Jenkins
Joanne Jenkins
Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems

Joanne is a senior lecturer in Geographic Information Systems. She joined Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in 2001 supporting research and teaching IT skill … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience and a professional network to prepare you for your future career. You could work for charities, city councils, environmental consultancies, government agencies, local wildlife trusts, NHS, schools or waste management companies.

You can study abroad at one of our partner universities for half of your work placement year. We have international study exchange agreements in countries including Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy and Norway (classes taught in English).

Field trips

Sheffield's location means you will have many opportunities to use the Peak District as a natural laboratory and learning environment. During your degree you will attend a number of residential field trips. Recent destinations include the Lake District, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Iceland, Snowdonia and Mallorca.

Networking opportunities

Throughout your degree you will have visits by external speakers from a professional background. The course also connects with the professional world through our accreditation from both the Landscape Institute and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a successful future career in a variety of areas including

  • manufacturing, development, monitoring and service industries
  • water and other utility companies
  • local and national government
  • international organisations
  • environmental and ecological consultancies
  • education
  • further study and research

Accreditation

This course is accredited by both the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the Landscape Institute.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • various software packages including Geographical Information Systems
  • a variety of laboratory equipment (depending on your module choices) including the analysis of water samples; microscope analyses of plants, animals and sediments; magnetic susceptibility analysis; and soil analysis
  • a hydraulic flume (used in the elective module Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology).
  • a range of field equipment (depending on your module choices) including that used for surveying; undertaking hydrological studies; soil and water sampling and field-analysis; peat corers; lake corers; ecological studies (including quadrats and identification guides); and a ground penetrating radar.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which 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.

GCSE

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

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

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 may consider advanced entry HND/HNC students for direct entry to year two.

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.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Modules

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 can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Environmental Protection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Environmental Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Environmental Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Physical Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Life On Earth Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Development And Sustainability Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Geographical Information Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Field Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Conservation Ecology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Energy, Waste And Resources Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fluvial Geomorphology And Hydrology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Glaciers And Glaciation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Settlements Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation (Geography, Environment And Planning) Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Advanced Field Research Credits: 20
Module: Advanced Gis Credits: 20
Module: Atmospheric And Water Quality Credits: 20
Module: Conservation And Habitat Management Credits: 20
Module: Contaminated Land And Remediation Credits: 20
Module: Environmental Impact Assessment & Management Systems Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Natural Hazards Credits: 20
Module: People And The Natural Environment Credits: 20
Module: Quaternary Environmental Change Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Non-repayable grant of £3,000 per year for three years

Offering four scholarships for undergraduate students joining the department in September 2019 on an eligible course.

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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.

Additional costs for Geography and environment courses (PDF)

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