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Environmental Science, BSc Hons

With its mix of social, natural and physical sciences and emphasis on sustainability, our Environmental Science, BSc Hons degree prepares you for careers that have real impact on the world.

Our degree in Environmental Science will develop your understanding of the interactions between living systems and the physical landscape and its processes, and how society affects these. Through a range of modules, you'll investigate solutions to environmental issues from scientific, political, legal and philosophical perspectives. You will document the human impact on the landscape and explore environmental conflicts and issues.

Fieldwork is an important aspect of your studies and is funded by the university. In previous years, students have visited the Lake District, New Forest and south-east Spain.

Potential careers for our Environmental Science graduates include management roles in the environmental, land, conservation and heritage sectors.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

F918 M BSc/EnvS

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.

Location

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • 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
  • Develop a broad range of transferable skills that employers value, including project design and management, research and team work.

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, BSc Environmental Science Student

Environmental Science


Watch Katie's story about studying Environmental Science at the Faculty of Engineering and Science on our Medway campus and of how she would like to contribute towards fighting climate change in the future.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Over 90% of all our academics have a PhD, 65% of whom also have their PGCert Higher Education teaching qualification or equivalent. We are committed to growing these percentages annually and now only recruit academic staff with a PhD.

As a department, NRI has a vibrant research programme with over 80 academic staff publishing work of internationally leading quality. NRI has 22 Professors who are playing key roles in the leadership of research . On the teaching side we pride ourselves with the highest professional standards. Many of our staff have become Fellows, Senior Fellows and Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. We strive to place the student experience at the heart of all we do.

Some of the modules at NRI are also supplemented by external industrial experts who come to give guest lectures and presentations on the latest developments in the industry.

In addition, our PhD students offer support to the academics in the laboratories, this approach is very popular with our undergraduates.

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Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Typical Offer: 104 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@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

NRI restricts its class sizes to enhance the learning experience of students. Class size is dependent on module options choice.

Independent learning

University study requires students to work more independently than they may have been used to in school. Students in Engineering and Science are expected to develop their independence progressively throughout their degree. At foundation level and in year 1 of the degree, students are given more support by their Module leaders and personal tutors than in subsequent years. In years 2 and 3 students are expected to demonstrate increasing willingness and ability to work independently to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories. This means independent reading to broaden and deepen knowledge and time spent outside the classroom to prepare coursework. Ultimately, it is expected that the mark of a Greenwich graduate is the ability to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. 

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year:

  • 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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.

Are internships available?

Environmental Science students can undertake a summer internship between completing the second year examinations and the start of the third year teaching programme as part of the programme. Students who successfully complete this course, which involves a placement of 6 to 12 weeks with a company or organisation whose work is broadly related to environmental science and completion of a reflective log, are exempt from the Planning for Personal and Professional Development module in their final year. Students have to find and secure their internship with support and guidance from the Faculty Employability and Placements Officer, Employability & Careers Service (ECS) and academic staff.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. We have an Employer Partnerships Manager developing relationships with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities. Other members of the team focus on helping students to develop their knowledge of job markets, production of effective CVs, cover letters and application forms, understanding HR selection processes, preparing final year students for graduate job applications and applying for placements.https://www2.gre.ac.uk/current-students/ecs

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We are ambitious for all our students and we want you to make the most of you time with us. You can access support to improve your study skills through your tutor, our subject librarians and our online academic skills centre.

We have a Learning Skills Coordinator and a writing Fellow, both of whom support students in improving their writing skills. Additional Maths support is also available through the Drill Hall library. All students are allocated a personal tutor throughout the duration of their studies

Support from the department

Students within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a Retention and Success Officer (RSO) whose role it is to provide an additional layer of support for student engagement, and provision for extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions, Faculty level resit and Personal Development Planning enquiries. The University wide STAART (AccessAbility Retention and Transition) programme encourages and supports students with a disability, providing support for disabled students.

Accommodation information

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