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BSc (Hons) Environment, Economics and Ecology with a Year in Industry

Discover environmental conservation and sustainability, exploring the interactions of natural and socioeconomics systems.

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2018

UCAS code

F7M1

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£21,330 per year (2019/20)

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Environment, Economics and Ecology is a unique interdisciplinary degree that advances your critical abilities to tackle real-world environmental challenges, manage economic and social pressures in a sustainable manner, and integrate the benefits that people derive from the environment into policy decisions and practice.

It focuses on ecosystem services as the linkages between human and natural systems, and the need for a holistic socio-ecological approach to understand challenges and solutions to environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Environment Sciences.

Working together

Our staff collaborate with a broad range of private and public organisations including UNEP, DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Overseas Development Institute, Willis Global Insurance Broker.

Strong links

Our Department has strong links to global policy makers including UNEP and WHO

Course content

Our core curriculum provides fundamental knowledge of ecological, and environmental economic and social sciences, as well as training in a range of technical skills required for careers in these areas. You can select among a broad range of knowledge and skills-based options to develop your understanding of effective approaches to local and global sustainability.

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, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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. 

All first year modules are core. 

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

You will take a range of core modules to develop your knowledge of the environment, economics and ecology. You can then begin to tailor your degree to your own interests with a choice of option modules.

Core modules:

Option modules:

You'll choose 40 credits from the below options:

You can also choose option modules from a range of electives from other Departments.

Year 3

Your year in industry placement will start in June or July and will run for nine to twelve months. You'll be paid at a rate typical of the industry hosting the placement.

  • You'll have a supervisor in the department who will maintain links with you throughout the placement 
  • You'll write a 5000-word reflective report on your experience
  • University fees are significantly reduced for the placement year

You'll be guided through the process of finding a placement by a dedicated member of staff. You'll be expected to perform well throughout the application process so that you secure the placement: helping you get practical experience that will be invaluable after graduation.

Placements can be found throughout industry, including environmental consultancy, government agencies, political bodies, construction, conservation and ecological charities (subject to availability).

Year 4

You specialise further in Year 4 with your independent research project, and a range of core and option modules.

Core modules:

Option modules:

You'll choose three option modules from the following:

Or you can replace some option modules with electives from other Departments.

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

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £21,330

Additional costs

Field work is integral to your course, so in Years 1 and 2, there are core residential field trips. The travel and accommodation costs of these are included in your student fees.*  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.

* The Department will meet the full cost of flights in most cases. However, in certain circumstances, you may have to make a contribution.

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”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

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.

  • You'll participate in field trips to the North York Moors (Year 1) and to Tenerife (Year 2) 

Overall workload

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

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars228 hours252 hours0 hours228 hours
Placement0 hours0 hours1200 hours0 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.

About our campus

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 exams35%54%0%27%
Coursework60%39%100%73%
Practical exams5%7%0%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 Typical offer
A levels

 ABB or equivalent including two subjects from the following: 

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
GCSEs GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent
Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma or QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2
European Baccalaureate Overall average of 75 per cent or higher
International Baccalaureate 34 points
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAABB without Advanced Highers AB + AABBB Advanced Highers and Highers

English language

IELTS
6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all units

Pearson (PTE Academic) 
61 overall and 51 in all parts

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 
Grade C

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. Applicants who are offered a place are encouraged to attend one of the Departmental visit days during the Spring Term. 

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