4 years full-time
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.
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
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.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
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 optional modules.
You can also choose optional modules from a range of electives from other Departments.
You specialise further in Year 3 with a range of core and optional modules.
Or you can choose optional modules from a range of electives from other Departments.
In year 4 you undertake further advanced training, vocational modules and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.
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.
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.
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.
Each module will be assessed either by coursework, closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:
In your final year, you will complete an independent research project based on your interests and career aspirations.
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.
Environment, Economics and Ecology graduates have progressed to careers in:
Some graduates opt to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
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
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.
ABB or equivalent including two subjects from the following:
GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent.
National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
D3, M2, M2
Access to HE
Diploma with 15 credits from units awarded Distinction and 15 awarded Merit or higher
Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall average of 75 per cent or higher
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)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)