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

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

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

F7L1

Institution code

Y50

Length

5 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (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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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.

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

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 5

In year 5 you undertake further advanced training, vocational modules and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.

Core Modules:

Optional modules:

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 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 ecology, economics and environmental studies
  • Cut across disciplinary boundaries to link knowledge and experience from a wide range of research, areas to understand the relationship between economic, business and social pressures and their impacts on the ecology of our complex global environment
  • Identify knowledge gaps, plan, design and execute advanced 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 
  • 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 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 and research publications [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
  • 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 understanding and reducing the pressures that economic development, population growth, poverty, and globalisation place on the natural environment and its resources 

 

 

 

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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

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 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 4Year 5
Lectures and seminars228 hours
(19%)
252 hours
(21%)
0 hours
(0%)
228 hours
(19%)
492 hours
(41%)
Independent study972 hours
(81%)
948 hours
(79%)
0 hours
(0%)
972 hours
(81%)
708 hours
(59%)
Placement0 hours
(0%)
0 hours
(0%)
1200 hours
(100%)
0 hours
(0%)
0 hours
(0%)

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

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
  • 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 4Year 5
Written exams35%54%0%17%8%
Coursework60%39%100%78%89%
Practical exams5%7%0%5%3%

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
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 36 credits at Distinction and 9 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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