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BSc (Hons) Environment, Economics and Ecology

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

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

F7M0

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£22,080 per year (2020/21)

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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 Institution of Environmental 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

The 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

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

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. 

Core modules

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

Choose 40 credits from:

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

Year 3

You'll specialise further in your final year preparing for your potential career. You'll chose the subject of your independent research project and chose from a range of option modules to focus on those areas which interest you.

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 [Knowledgeable and aware]
  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate complex information on ecology, economics and environmental studies from a wide range of reliable sources [Independent learner]
  • 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 [Interdisciplinary thinker]
  • 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 [Creator of new knowledge]
  • 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 [Analytical]
  • Effectively communicate knowledge, complex ideas and persuasive arguments to professional and non-specialist audiences using verbal, written, visual and digital media [Effective communicator]
  • 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 [Problem solver]
  • Work responsibly as part of a team or as a team-leader to set challenging yet attainable goals [Team player]
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 £22,080

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 covers the costs of flights up to a maximum based on typical flight costs from regional airports bought in good time

 

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“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 study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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)

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures6-7 hours per week
Seminars0-4 hours per term
Tutorials1-2 hours per week
Workshops6 hours
Practicals1-2 hours per week
Field trips1 week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

 

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

Teaching location

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

Your contact hours will be divided between the Department of Environment and Geography, 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 3
Written exams35%54%27%
Coursework60%39%73%
Practical exams5%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. Find out more about careers and employability.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental conservationist
  • Graduate policy analyst
  • Flood risk officer
  • Graduate environmental consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Oil and gas analyst

Example employers

  • Network Rail
  • Environment Agency
  • Anglian Water
  • Atkins
  • Department for International Development
  • WSP│Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultancy
  • DEFRA

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 one of the following subjects: Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Government & Politics, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Life and Health Sciences

Access to Higher Education Diploma 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2
European Baccalaureate 75% overall
International Baccalaureate 34 points

You should also have GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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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