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BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with a Year in Industry

Understand and manage human impacts on the environment using a multi-disciplinary approach

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2018

UCAS code

F901

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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Seeking bright minds for 2018! We have limited places available on some of our courses for well qualified students.

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There has never been greater need for scientists who understand how the Earth system functions and responds to human activities, and who can apply this knowledge in the broader social and economic context of managing the environment to ensure a sustainable future.

Research-led teaching with a multi-disciplinary focus will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to address complex environmental problems such as climate change, air pollution and energy transitions.

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

You'll build a strong foundation in the physical sciences, providing the background knowledge you need to make informed judgements about environmental issues. You will also study the broader social, political and economic aspects of managing the environment. 

Study abroad

York 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 give you an introduction to the fundamentals of environmental science, providing you with a foundation for more advanced material in the following 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'll take a range of core modules to develop your knowledge of environmental science. 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 replace some option modules with 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 3 with your independent research project, and a range of core and option modules.

Core modules:

Option modules:

You'll choose three option modules:

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 current and emerging issues in environmental science occurring on a range of scales using appropriate methods and norms, and engage critically with best evidence on the impacts and management of climate, environmental and land use change, pollution and development 
  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate complex information on environmental science and related areas from a wide range of reliable sources 
  • Cut across disciplinary boundaries to link knowledge and experience from a wide range of natural, physical and social sciences to understand the complex interactions occurring within and between natural and human environments 
  • Plan, design and execute research as an individual or as part of a team to address environmental questions and problems using critically-selected field, survey and laboratory methods at appropriate temporal and spatial scales 
  • Critically analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate scientific and technological information and tools such as geographical information systems (GIS) and statistical packages to draw meaningful conclusions from research in the field of environmental science 
  • 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 environmental problems that consider the broader social, political and environmental contexts, and the ethical implications of their application by applying knowledge, theories and approaches from environmental science and related disciplines 
  • Work responsibly as part of a team or as a team-leader to set challenging yet attainable goals and make an important contribution to defining the way in which our environment functions, understanding how it will respond to human activities and developing sustainable solutions 

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.

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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

You'll be taught through a combination of 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)
  • In Year 4 there is an optional field trip to Iceland

Overall workload

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

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars216 hours300 hours0 hours240 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 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 or closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:

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

In your final year, you'll 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 exams36%53%0%40%
Coursework59%46%100%55%
Practical exams5%1%0%5%

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

Careers and skills

The BSc in Environmental Science will equip you with practical, applied skills for both environment-related employment and more general career opportunities. The department has a track record of providing a springboard to a wide range of careers and postgraduate research.

Career opportunities

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

Transferable skills

  • Project management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data analysis
  • Research skills
  • Time management
Having a supervisor at York was invaluable. The pastoral care that the University offers helps with applications and interview skills. York also allows you to be independent and work at your own pace, which really helps when you start doing your own projects in a work environment.
Carmel Parry
Network Asset Strategy Planner
Yorkshire Water

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

ABB or equivalent including two subjects from among:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Environmental Studies
  • 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 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
Other qualifications

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.

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. There are no formal interviews. Students who are offered a place are encouraged to attend one of the departmental visit days held during the Spring Term.

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