Decided by interview (full entry requirements)
4 years full-time
Environmental geography focuses on the physical environment and its effect on humans. Understanding the integration of physical and environmental geography has never been more important than it is today to address the environmental challenges facing the world.
This programme covers aspects of physical geography such as sea level change, glacial and coastal environments and environmental hazards. It also covers other areas of environmental geography such as biogeography, GIS and sustainability. Importantly, the degree also provides opportunities to study the human impacts on the environment through the study of natural resource management, environmental law and policy and environmental economics.
Environmental geography gives you the tools to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems. For example, you will learn about the effect of climate change on biodiversity, the impact of humans on environmental resources and much more.
This year is taught at York College and all modules are compulsory:
These modules are designed to provide a foundation for students with non-A-level backgrounds (or equivalents) so that they are able to engage with the BSc and MEnv programmes offered by the Environment Department.
The first year modules give you an introduction to the basics of the course, providing you with a foundation for advanced material in the future.
All first year modules are core.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You will take a range of core modules to develop your knowledge of environmental geography. You can then begin to tailor your degree to your own interests with a choice of optional modules.
Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.
You specialise further in Year 3 with your independent research project, and a range of core and optional modules.
You can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.
The University has exchange agreements with a number of other universities across the world. Typically one or two students from the Environment Department study abroad every year in places such as Australia, Canada and the US.
For me, the most important thing at York has been the community. You always feel like you’re part of a family.Chloe, second year student. Read more on Chloe's blog.
Teaching includes field-based learning, research-led teaching and a more traditional combination of lectures, tutorials, and seminars.
Practical work is a key feature, both in individual projects and in groups.
Field trips form an important part of your course, with excursions (residential and non-residential) each year.
Each module will be assessed either by coursework, closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:
Your degree in environmental geography will help you become a numerate graduate with practical, applied skills. You'll also learn to communicate clearly in written reports and during oral presentations.
The multidisciplinary approach to the degree was what I particularly enjoyed and it is advantageous to an employer. In the past six months I have had to utilise and build upon my knowledge from the Law, Environmental Health and Environmental Monitoring modules which I was taught, to name but a few.Lucy Collins Magnox Graduate Scheme Environmental Geography, 2012