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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

Study the world's most pressing issues, in an area with a growing need for graduates.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS F750 Course code

Course description

What you study

Study environmental science on a course that prepares you as a professional environmental manager, consultant or scientist. Understand the natural world, our impact on it and how we can manage it in a sustainable way.

The interdisciplinary nature of this subject encourages an understanding of principles from the natural and the social sciences. You also develop professional, transferable skills in areas including team work, report writing, presentations and IT.

This course gives you an awareness of

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

Real-world learning in the UK and overseas

You take part in student-centred teaching and learning methods including • lectures • seminars • tutorials • projects • laboratory classes • field trips in the UK and abroad.

Field visits and project work are regularly carried out at sites in and around Sheffield, the Peak District National Park and across the UK. There are opportunities to participate in international field visits. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Teaching

Our enthusiastic staff have all worked or carried out research in the field of environmental science. Many retain strong links with industry and staff sit on the committees of local, national and international organisations or are involved with

• environmental science and management consultancies
• Environmental Advisory Committee to EU and national governments
• Natural England
• Peak District National Park Authority (Government appointment)
• Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
• Association of National Parks
• Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
• The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
• The Landscape Institute

This means you draw on a wealth of practical experience and your course materials are kept up to date with the latest developments in the field.

Work placements

You put what you have been taught into practice in the workplace with a one-year work placement. Thanks to our excellent links with industry, we can help you find placements with major companies in the UK and overseas.

Study abroad

International experience can offer you exciting additional career routes, and on this course you can study abroad at one of our partner universities for a year or for half of your work placement year. We have international study exchange agreements in countries including • Austria • Australia • Canada • Czech Republic • France • Germany • Spain.

To support your international placement, or future international aspirations, you can study a foreign language in one, two or three years of study.

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

2018 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept 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.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time or four years full-time (including one year work placement or year of study abroad)

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• introduction to environmental science • life on earth (ecology and biodiversity) • introduction to physical geography • introduction to fieldwork (residential field course in UK) • environmental protection • development and sustainability

Year one options

A foreign language may be taken instead of the development and sustainability module.

Year two core modules

• research methods • geographical information systems • international fieldwork

Year two options

Three from • conservation ecology • energy, waste and resources • environmental education and communication • fluvial geomorphology and hydrology • glacier and glaciation • sustainable settlements • foreign language

Year three

• optional work placement, year of study abroad or a mix of both

Final year core modules

• dissertation

Final year options

Four from • advanced field research • advanced geographical information systems • atmospheric and water quality • conservation and habitat management • contaminated land and remediation • environmental impact assessment and management systems • natural hazards • people and the natural environment • quaternary environmental change • foreign language

Assessment
  • written assignments
  • presentation
  • examinations
  • project work
  • dissertation

Employability

You can find careers in public and private organisations such as • manufacturing, development, monitoring and service industries • water and other utility companies • local and national government • international organisations • environmental and ecological consultancies.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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