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Environmental Science, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Develop your understanding of the physical landscape and how society impacts on the environment
  • Investigate solutions to environmental issues from different perspectives, including scientific, political, legal and philosophical positions
  • Learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and free field trips in the UK and abroad
  • Graduate with the skills to deal with local and global environmental issues, both academically and practically.
  • Developing a broad range of transferable skills that employers value, including project design and management, research and team work

Overview

Overview

Understand our, natural world, explore environmental conflicts and issues, study society's impact on the environment and discover sustainable solutions: our Environmental Science programme is a degree for the future. You'll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and free field trips in the UK and abroad. Our classes are small allowing you to engage with your tutors who are experts in their field. Their cutting-edge research informs the course design and gives you the opportunity to experience environmental science in context and as a career.

Why this BSc

This programme is constructed around the concept that sustainability is one of the most important concerns of contemporary society. 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 should apply for this programme if you are interested in:

  • Developing new knowledge through cutting-edge teaching that draws on world-leading research on major global and local issues around climate change, pollution, ecology, conservation, and the environmental pressures of living and working un-urban environments
  • Developing a broad range of transferable skills that employers value, including numeracy and statistics, literacy and communication, project design and management, research and teamwork

Fieldwork in the UK and abroad

Fieldwork is an essential part of the programme, with trips funded by the department. Destinations include the New Forest, the Lake District and south-east Spain. As a current member of the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, we have collaborative arrangements with universities in the Netherlands, Italy and France, giving you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time. We expect that the university will participate in Erasmus+ at least until the UK leaves the European Union. For the latest information, please visit our Erasmus+ page. If you successfully complete at least 36 weeks of the optional work placement, you will be awarded the Diploma of Industrial Study. 

Ranking

Our geography and environmental science degrees are ranked:

  • 1st among London universities for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the UK's top 10 for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To give you an understanding of environmental systems and how humans interact with them
  • To explore the importance of sustainability and science in contemporary society
  • To produce graduates with a specialist perspective in natural, physical or social environmental science.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical offer: 112 points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 32 points from geography (or related science subject)
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 32 points from A-level geography (or related science subject – as above)
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Appropriate qualifications, such as an HNC, HND or foundation degree, with which you may be able to enter this degree in Year 2 or later.

For more information, contact  courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

In addition to equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full-time education and must be able to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

"There is no risk of staff not knowing your name here. They are so friendly and committed. I find it really exciting being taught by someone who has just come back from a farming community in Malawi or presenting at an international conference and is giving us the latest knowledge on how our subject is being applied in the world. It is really hands-on from the start, with regular field trips, laboratory work and data analysis." Katie James

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, fieldwork and coursework.

Careers

Graduates have opportunities in environmental and land management, conservation and heritage management, waste management, local government, environment agencies, ecology and biodiversity, overseas development, urban planning and natural resource management.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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