BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

With study abroad and placement year options

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Overview

The world around us is changing – and our Environmental Science degree will help you understand how. You’ll learn the skills and knowledge to measure, model and assess environmental change and its impact. Developed with employers, including environmental agencies and private businesses, this is a programme with real-world relevance, built around developing the techniques and expertise you’ll find in the workplace.

The course combines aspects of physical and life sciences, helping you build an understanding of environmental issues today. You’ll also gain a wide range of practical and analytical skills, working in the lab and the field. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to collect, process, and analyse data from a range of sources across different scientific disciplines – giving you the understanding to make informed recommendations in a professional context.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

  • We've been ranked in the top three of the People and Planet University League of most sustainable universities for six years running
  • We are fully accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. This means that students are eligible for free membership and associated benefits.
  • We offer free Carbon Literacy training to our students, to build their understanding of sustainability and to enhance their employability.
  • The Department has been awarded Green Hero Status for Excellence in Environmental Education and Practice from the Green Organisation.
  • The four-year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in North America, Australasia or Europe.
  • Alternatively, the four-year placement route allows you to spend your third year on an employment placement, enhancing your career opportunities on graduation.
  • Residential fieldwork opportunities in the UK or overseas are available during each year of the Environmental Science degree.
  • Our laboratories and facilities are state-of-the-art and will give you first-hand experience of a wide range of manual and instrumental lab skills and techniques.
“In today’s changing climate, Environmental Science is a vital discipline that is needed to better understand the relationship between humankind and the planet that we live on. Students that study this programme at Manchester Met are taught by experts in the field, and have many opportunities to put theory into practice, from visiting unique filed sites to learning how to be carbon literate.” Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"My sandwich year placement with Natural England helped my learning immensely. It cemented the skills I had already developed, allowed me to view my final year lectures knowing how the knowledge and skills could be applied in the workplace, and gave me a foundation for my final year project." 

Morgan Smith, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Career Prospects

Environmental science graduates may go on to a variety of subject-specific careers in the environmental and sustainability industries, in consultancies and environmental services, or in teaching or research. Recent graduates have found employment across a wide range of sectors including environmental consultancies, public utilities, local authorities, industrial research laboratories, and conservation organisations. Our Environmental Science course is designed to equip you with transferable skills that may also be applied to non-subject-specific career pathways such as in management, local government, teaching or the civil service. For those who wish to continue their studies, there is a range of environmental and conservation postgraduate programmes here at Manchester Met.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of Natural Sciences graduates go straight into employment and/or further study.*

*DLHE survey 2017

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

A levels ­– BCC-BBC, to include grade C in Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Mathematics or a Science subject

Equivalent qualifications will be considered in combination with A level Geography at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff points from Extended Project (EPQ) will be counted towards overall points score when achieved at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Geography or a Science subject

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Our geography degree programmes are designed and delivered by research-active staff with strong links to research institutions, national organisations and non-governmental bodies in the UK and overseas.

Our Environmental Science degree takes a scientific approach to the study of the earth’s complex physical, chemical, biological and anthropogenic systems and processes. With real-world relevance at the heart of the programme, you will develop skills and knowledge around the measurement, modelling and assessment of environmental change and its impacts.

In Year 1, you will gain a broad grounding in environmental science through areas of study including ecology and the environment, geosystems science, global environmental issues, and natural resources. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Society and Environment

This unit covers the fundamental principles of environmental ethics, governance and management. It explains the complex interactions between the environment and human cultures.

Natural Resources

This unit reviews key finite and renewable natural resources (with an emphasis on energy), evaluating their nature and distribution, exploitation, and future sustainability.

Investigating the Environment 2

Building on Investigating the Environment 1, this unit will further develop key skills for environmental scientists, including laboratory and field-based techniques and data analysis.

GIS Essentials for Environmental Science and Ecology

The unit introduces the fundamentals of working with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for environmental and ecological applications. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the use of GIS, and develop their critical spatial thinking skills and understanding of how environmental and ecological processes vary in time and space.

Global Environmental Issues

This unit will explore some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today, examining them at different scales and from different perspectives.

Ecology

This unit will introduce students to the principles and practical applications of ecology.

Geosystems Science

In this unit, you will gain an overview of geological and atmospheric systems including Earth history, Earth structure, global tectonics (including hazards), Earth materials (including resources), and weather.

Investigating the Environment 1

This unit will develop key academic, professional, and investigative skills for environmental scientists, including laboratory and field-based techniques and data analysis, supported by workshops and tutorials.

Your second year will build on the skills you’ve already learned and grow your knowledge in specialised areas. Topics typically include landscape ecology, environmental pollution and earth system science. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Environmental Pollution

This unit introduces environmental pollution assessment, and follows a practical approach to the study of air, water, and land (soil) pollution.

Environmental Fieldwork and Research Design

This unit provides practical experience in the implementation of field-based (or equivalent) research and training for the Level 6 Environmental Research Project.

Environmental Research Design and Methods

This unit provides practical experience in the design of field-based (or equivalent) research and training for the Level 6 Environmental Research Project.

Landscape Ecology

This unit will explore contemporary issues in landscape ecology, including connectivity, edge effects, disturbance, and fragmentation. Analytical GIS case-studies based on real-world examples will be fundamental to this unit.

Ecosystem Services and Evaluation

This unit introduces the concept of ecosystem services and its implications for environmental science and management. The ecosystem services framework is critically explained and discussed. 

Earth System Science

This unit introduces biogeochemical cycles (the cycling of matter through the Earth system) as fundamental constructs for an integrated study of Earth system science and global change.

If you opt for the four-year sandwich route your third year will be spent on If you opt for the four-year placement route, Year 3 will be spent on placement. If you opt for the four-year study abroad route, you will spend your third year studying in either Europe, North America or Australasia.

In your final year, you will design and implement an environmental research project, giving you the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Environmental Research Project

In this unit, you will undertake an independent research project completed on an environmental topic, involving a critical literature review and the collection, analysis and interpretation of primary and/or secondary data. The project may take a number of approaches and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of laboratory, fieldwork or secondary data collection and analysis and will consider any health and safety issues, and ethical issues as well as developing scientific communication skills.

Coastal and Marine Pollution

This unit considers the impacts of different types of pollutants on coastal and marine environments, including inter-tidal settings, shelf seas and the open ocean.

Urban Environmental Assessment

This unit examines a range of urban environmental issues, with a focus on brownfield sites, ecosystem services, contaminated land, and pollution assessment, tracking, and remediation. 

Sustainable Resource and Waste Management

This unit explores the role of consumption, production and waste management in driving the transition from a linear (take-make-use-dispose) to a circular economy.

Environmental Impact Assessment

This unit provides a practical overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and its requirements under the UK Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Additional information about this course

Students are expected to comply with the Department's codes of conduct and behaviour on field courses, placements and exchanges. Placements and study exchange opportunities are dependent on passing each stage at the first opportunity and being of good standing.

Placement options

All of our geography degrees have been designed to be flexible. You can opt for the four-year placement degree route and spend Year 3 on a professional paid placement with a degree related organisation.

Alternatively, if you opt for the four-year study overseas route, you will spend your third year in Europe, North America or Australia.

There are also residential fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £1,850 to £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £1,850 to £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£730

Students often choose to buy a laptop for their degree (costing approximately £300 to £400) and a printer (costing £50 to £100 including print consumables, plus £20 to £40 for print consumables in every subsequent year). However, there are numerous drop-in computer facilities across campus and laptops for loan in the library. Lab coats are provided free of charge in the first year of entry and are expected to last for the duration of the course. Students will have to purchase replacements for lost or damaged lab coats. Estimated cost of textbooks is £70 in the first year and £40 to £50 in the subsequent years).

Placement Costs

£360

1) Students go on residential fieldtrips for core units throughout the degree course. These are subsidised but students can expect to pay a contribution to costs of £60 for a UK-based residential field course at Level 4 and a maximum of £300 for an overseas residential field course at Level 5 (currently Spain, Malta, Tenerife, Berlin). For all field courses, there are non-residential zero-cost to student alternatives for any student who chooses not to go. 2) Students opting to study abroad in third year (SENAA). If you are studying at one of our partner universities on an approved exchange programme, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Manchester Metropolitan University and you will not pay any tuition fees to your partner university. Some partner universities may charge additional fees for mandatory administrative and recreational services, non-mandatory language classes, courses including fieldwork or non-mandatory project costs. If this is relevant to you, the partner university will inform you of any additional costs during the application process. During your study exchange abroad, you will need to budget for the general cost of living as well as additional costs for visas, travel, medical insurance and vaccinations (depending on your destination). Applicants should visit the MMUi web pages for more details including sources of travel funding. 3) Students choosing to undertake a Placement (Sandwich) in third year. The Sandwich Year involves full-time work experience work placement. This lasts for a minimum of 36 weeks and normally attracts a salary/weekly wage but this is not guaranteed. Placements are competitive and based on successful interviews with the placement provider. Students will have to pay travel and accommodation costs (including for interview) plus personal insurance. 4) Students undertaking short placements as part of vocational optional units. Students should expect to pay travel expenses to placements.

Professional Costs

£60

Students may wish to become student members of relevant professional bodies but this is not normally a requirement. Membership of the IES is free. Membership of CIEEM is £10 for students on accredited degrees and £20 for students on non-accredited degrees.

Other Costs

£130

Manchester Met now provides free travel insurance for students when they travel in connection with their programme of study, for example, placements, field trips, exchanges etc. However, students should also take out personal insurance cover for belongings, as items such as mobile phones are not covered by this policy. Our courses are field-based so students are expected to dress appropriately (i.e. purchase waterproof coats and trousers, sturdy footwear/walking boots). Students will be expected to print out assessments (including dissertations (with comb binding) and posters). Travel expenses associated with independent data collection for final year dissertations are not reimbursed by the Department. Students will be advised to undertake low-cost local fieldwork at the design and planning stages of a project if necessary.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

F900 - BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

F904 - BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Study Abroad

F903 - BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Placement Year

F908 - BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Foundation Year

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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