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MEnv (Hons) Environmental Geography

Understand physical geography within an environmental context

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

F815

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (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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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 course 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, Geographical Information Systems and sustainability. You'll have 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.

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

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, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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. 

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 option modules. 

Core modules

Option modules

Or you can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Year 3

In Year 3 you undertake advanced research training to prepare the way to your fourth year of masters study. You can also select option modules to suit your interests and employment objectives. 

Core modules

Option modules

You can replace some optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Year 4

In Year 4 you undertake further advanced training and a significant independent research project tailored to your research interests and career ambitions.

Core modules

Option 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 [Effective communicator]
  • 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

 

 

 

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

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

A reduced fee will be payable to the University of York for the placement year but you will be responsible for accommodation and travel costs for your placement.

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 additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

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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.

  • You'll participate in residential field trips to the North York Moors (Year 1), to Tenerife (Year 2) 
  • 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. 

Overall workload

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

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars204 hours288 hours276 hours492 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, closed examination or a combination of both. Coursework can include:

  • practical write-ups
  • oral presentations
  • data analysis exercises
  • essays

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams36%43%20%9%
Coursework59%56%71%86%
Practical exams5%1%9%5%

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

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 Typical offer
A levels

AAB or equivalent including Geography or Geology plus one subject from among:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 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 BTEC National Extended Diploma or QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma with DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate Overall average of 80 per cent or higher
International Baccalaureate 35 points
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB Highers
AB Advanced 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 each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 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

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 held during the Spring term.

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