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BSc (Hons) Environment, Economics and Ecology (Extended Degree)

A unique degree exploring the relationship between economic and social pressures and their impacts upon our complex global environment

2018/19 entry

UCAS code

F750

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

Decided by interview (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£20,910 per year (2018/19)

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Economic development, population growth, poverty, and globalisation: all place increasing demands on our environment and its resources. 

Our unique environment, economics and ecology degree will equip you with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to understand and tackle these complex problems.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Environment Sciences.

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Course content

You will become an expert in environmental economics, policy and ecology. You will develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base that will enable you to understand and solve contemporary environmental problems

Study abroad

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.

Foundation year

This year is taught at York College and all modules are compulsory:

  • Academic Skills
  • Environmental Study Techniques
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Living Organisms and Environment
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography - Sustainable Development
  • Individual Project

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.  

Year 1

The first year modules introduce you to the main ideas and concepts giving you the foundation to progress to more advanced material in later years. 

These modules are core.

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 3

You specialise further in Year 3 with your independent research project, and a range of core and optional modules.

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Or you can choose optional modules from a range of electives from other Departments.

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

You specialise further in Year 3 with your independent research project, and a range of core and optional modules.

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Or you can choose optional modules from a range of electives from other Departments.

Full listing of the degree structure and modules

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Debate, interpret and explain the ecological principles and human interactions which underlie environmental management at a range of scales using appropriate methods and norms, and engage critically with theory, knowledge and emerging issues in environmental economics, ecology and environmental studies 
  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate complex information on ecology, economics and environmental studies from a wide range of reliable sources
  • Cut across disciplinary boundaries to link knowledge and experience from a wide range of research areas to understand the relationship between economic and social pressures and their impacts on the ecology of our complex global environment 
  • Plan, design and execute research in ecology, economics and environmental studies as an individual or as part of a team using critically-selected qualitative, quantitative and field-based methods 
  • Critically analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate tools such as GIS and statistical packages to draw meaningful conclusions from research on the ecological and economic implications of human interactions with the environment 
  • Effectively communicate knowledge, complex ideas and persuasive arguments to professional and non-specialist audiences using verbal, written, visual and digital media 
  • Recommend sustainable solutions to environment and development problems that consider broader social, political, economic and environmental contexts, and the ethical implications of their application by applying knowledge, theories and approaches from ecology, economics and policy studies 
  • Work responsibly as part of a team or as a team-leader to set challenging yet attainable goals 

 

 

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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £20,910

Additional costs

All core field trips are currently paid for by the Environment Department, including transport, food and accommodation. Compulsory trips include both residential and day trips. Optional field trips are not paid for, and you will be asked to contribute to the cost of these.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

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Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

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.

  • In Year 2 you will participate in a field trip to Tenerife.
  • In Year 3 there are optional field trips to Iceland and Prague

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars372 hours228 hours252 hours228 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Facilities

 

Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Environment Department, which is based on Campus West.

Your contact hours will be divided between the Environment Department, the Department of Biology and other locations nearby.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Each module will be assessed either by coursework, closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:

  • Practical write-ups
  • Oral presentations
  • Data analysis exercises
  • Essays
  • Reflective writing

In your final year, you will complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams52%35%54%27%
Coursework48%60%39%73%
Practical exams0%5%7%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Your degree will equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge for a career in environmental management or a related field. Many of our graduates also find careers in other areas with the transferable skills they learn during this course.

Career opportunities

Environment, Economics and Ecology graduates have progressed to careers in: 

  • Environmental/sustainability consultancy and management, i.e. energy, water and transport companies
  • Civil servants in the public sector i.e. Environment Agency, DEFRA
  • Advisors in international and national conservation organisations
  • Advisors or monitoring officers in non-governmental organisations. 

Some graduates opt to continue their studies at postgraduate level.  

Transferable skills

  • Project management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data analysis
  • Research skills
  • Time management
My degree has provided me with a good mix of both hard and transferable skills. The numerical skills I gained – such as applied statistics and mathematics – as well as the fact checking and research skills are part of my role today.
Graham Neale
Contracts Officer
National Grid Environment

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

This degree, with a foundation year at York College, is for mature students from a non-traditional A-level background and offers are made on an individual basis, after interview.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS

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