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BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography (Extended Degree)

Understand physical geography within an environmental context

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

F812

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

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£20,910 per year (2018/19)

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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.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Environment Sciences.

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Course content

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.

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 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. 

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 2

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. 

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Or you can replace some optional modules with 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 causes, scales and impacts of issues such as climate change, glacial retreat and natural hazards using appropriate methods and norms, and engage critically with theory, knowledge and emerging issues in physical and environmental geography
  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a wide range of reliable sources, and collate this information to establish current understanding and independently identify key research questions in specialised areas of physical and environmental geography 
  • Cut across disciplinary boundaries to link knowledge and experience from physical geography, biology, chemistry, biogeography, the social sciences, to understand the physical environment, its impact on society and links with the management and business sector 
  • Identify knowledge gaps, plan, design and execute advanced research in environmental geography individually or within a team using critically-selected qualitative and quantitative methods in the field and other settings 
  • Design and undertake critical analyses of qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate tools such as GIS and statistical packages to draw meaningful conclusions from research aimed at understanding the functioning of the physical environment, and its links with the human environment 
  • Effectively communicate knowledge, complex ideas and persuasive arguments to professional and non-specialist audiences using verbal, written, visual and digital media and research publications 
  • Recommend sustainable solutions to environmental problems that consider the broader social and political contexts, and the ethical implications of their application by applying knowledge, theories and approaches from physical geography and related disciplines 
  • Work responsibly as part of a team or as a team-leader, including in an applied setting, to set challenging yet attainable goals and make an important contribution to addressing the challenges facing the world through the integration of physical and environmental geography 

 

 

 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£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.

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's an optional field trip to Iceland

For the Year in Industry, a dedicated member of staff will guide you through the process of finding a placement. You will be assigned a supervisor for your placement and be expected to contribute academic work based on your experience. Placements can be local, national or international. 

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars372 hours
(31%)
204 hours
(17%)
288 hours
(24%)
228 hours
(19%)
Independent study828 hours
(69%)
996 hours
(83%)
912 hours
(76%)
972 hours
(81%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Independent study 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

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams52%36%43%28%
Coursework48%59%56%72%
Practical exams0%5%1%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental consultancies
  • Environmental management
  • Policy formulation
  • Public sector such as the Environment Agency, DEFRA
  • Conservation bodies

Transferable skills

  • Project management 
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data analysis 
  • Research skills 
  • Time management
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

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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