Why study this programme?
In addition to the increasing demand for environmental scientists, professionals across a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors must be able to demonstrate that they are environmentally aware, understand how environmental concerns relate to their jobs, and are capable of decision making consistent with the concept of sustainability.
This programme is constructed around the concept that sustainability is one of the most important concerns of contemporary society; it also provides a clear route into employment as an environmental scientist or an environmentally informed professional.
You will learn about the underlying causes of environmental problems and will be presented with possible solutions from a range of scientific, technological and societal perspectives.
You will graduate from the programme able to document human impact on the landscape, explore environmental conflicts and issues, and manage the environment sustainably. The final-year dissertation will give you a unique opportunity to study a topic of particular interest to you in considerable depth.
You should apply for this programme if you are interested in:
- Learning more about the causes of and solutions to a wide range of environmental issues, such as global warming, environmental conservation, pollution and resource management
- A career in an environment-related area (see 'Career opportunities').
The programme will enable you to develop a range of skills to help you prepare either for employment or for further study for higher degrees.
Our programmes combine vocational training and theoretical understanding and have strong links with local industries and international development projects.
Why study with us?
The programme team is a combination of scientists working within the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) which is a unique multidisciplinary centre of excellence focused on global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction, and staff from the Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences. Together we offer a diverse range of programmes underpinned by excellent teaching and world-class research.
Our innovative degrees employ the very latest learning strategies and assessment techniques. They are designed to produce fully qualified graduates with all the skills necessary to secure employment. Teaching is delivered using a wide range of methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials, practical sessions and fieldwork. An element of choice is built into each degree so students can tailor their learning experience to their particular interests.
Each student is given regular feedback on his or her academic performance and is offered tutorial support through our excellent programme of pastoral care. Our students can therefore focus on their studies and have the best opportunity to flourish and excel in their chosen field.
Teaching and assessment
This programme is taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, seminars, case studies, student-led presentations and field courses. The programme has a strong practical orientation, as well as academic rigour. Methods of assessment include essay assignments, examinations, practical assignments in the laboratory, seminar presentations and fieldwork. You will be taught by lecturers with extensive experience in both teaching and research.
Teaching and learning support
Teaching and learning activities are supported by:
- Academic counselling
- Study skills tuition
- Personal tutors
- Research project supervisors
- Training in English and scientific writing to assist students for whom English is not a first language
- Student feedback is actively encouraged on each course taken and each student intake has an elected representative who provides inputs into NRI learning and teaching management.
As an environmental science graduate, you will have opportunities in environmental and land management, conservation and heritage management, waste management, local government, environmental agencies, ecology and biodiversity, overseas development, urban planning and natural resource management.
Careers can be found in both the public and private sectors. Environmental agencies and consultancies are important areas of employment, with graduates working on projects from environmental impact assessment to biological surveys, waste management and pollution control.
Further information and application details
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