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Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A comprehensive curriculum in  environmental science
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment
  • Regular field trips to develop your skills in environmental field techniques, including a residential field course to Provence, South of France
  • Meetings with environmental practitioners and industrial visits
  • Analytical laboratories, river monitoring stations, digital mapping and survey suite
  • Ability to tailor your degree to your own interests Opportunity to 'Earn as you Learn'
  • Opportunity to study abroad / take a year working in industry (sandwich placement)

What our students say...

“The University of Worcester was a great choice, I had constant support from lecturers, and their specialist knowledge was invaluable. The opportunity to select modules that I found interesting allowed me to tailor my degree towards a focus upon water quality and management. I now have a job at a consultancy firm, for which the preparation provided by the university was indispensable.”

Charlotte Hale
BSc Environmental Science, Graduate

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Studying Environmental Science at the University of Worcester allows students to fully explore the theory and scientific explanations for key environmental issues. You will receive essential training in a wide variety of field and laboratory techniques, which are invaluable for a rewarding career in the environmental sector.

80% of our graduate students in Environmental Science are in employment/ further study within six months of finishing the course.

The course has been developed by staff at the University in conjunction with practitioners, ensuring the course is current and vibrant. Worcester has an excellent reputation for preparing students for careers in Environmental Science by delivering a degree programme that meets the demands of the sector.

Key topics covered during the degree programme include environmental issues such as pollution, its control and remediation, heavy metal contamination, soil chemistry and processes, meteorology and climatology, hydrology and water quality.

The University of Worcester is well placed geographically to take advantage of the many environments and habitats in the area. You also have the opportunity to study contrasting environments, such as the Mediterranean region and the Cairngorms, during residential field trips.

Course Highlights:

At Worcester we believe it is vital that students gain the practical skills necessary for employment. An important aspect of the course is therefore putting theory into practice, with field trips and fieldwork being key components of the modules you will study.

The University has exceptional access to a wide range of teaching locations, a range of local Sites of Special Scientific Interest, local streams where we have automatic monitoring stations, local farms for soil analysis, and industrial sites located in neighbouring counties.

If you accept a place to study Environmental Science at the University of Worcester, you will be assigned a personal tutor that will provide academic support during your degree. Personal development planning and the preparation for employment will feature strongly in meetings with your tutor, enabling you to get the most from your degree.

For further information about studying Environmental Science at the University of Worcester, download a copy of the Applicant’s Handbook.

Factfile

Entry requirements

The number of UCAS tariff points required depends on your qualifications and the subjects you studied. To be considered for this degree programme, you need between 240 and 280 UCAS Tariff points.

240 points must include two A2 qualifications from science subjects (includes Environmental Science) and/or Geography and/or Geology.

260-270 points must include A2 in at least one science subject or Geography/Geology and A1 in a second science subject or Geography or Geology.

280 points must include A1 in a science subject or Geography/Geology.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £9,000 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page


Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester:


Study options

Single Honours BSc F750    

Joint Honours

Environmental Science and Geography NF98
Environmental Science and Physical Geography F891
Environmental Science and Human Geography 5DL4
Ecology and Environmental Science DN49
Archaeology and Heritage Studies and Environmental Science V V47

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Dr Diana Dine
Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
01905 855351
d.dine@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Modules

During the first year of the course you will be provided with an essential foundation for studying the environment:

  • The theoretical basis of environmental science
  • The nature of soil and water (physical and chemical processes)
  • Applications of environmental sciences in context of the UK

In the second and third years, you are able to broaden your knowledge and skills across the subject area or specialise in a particular aspect of environmental science. There is also an opportunity to complete a work experience module, enabling you to obtain further experiences.

Throughout your studies you will be taught and supported by an enthusiastic group of tutors with a range of subject expertise. Small teaching groups and an active academic tutorial system enable our students to receive individual support and advice.


Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Environmental Sciences
Environmental Change - Past and Present
Introduction to Ecology

 

 


Module options:

Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to River Science
Basis of Biological Surveying
Introduction to Climate Change


Year 2

Core modules:

Research Practice and Professional Development
Theory and Practice of Environmental Analysis
Meteorology and Climate       

 


Module options:

Field Techniques and Identification Skills
Work Experience
Natural Hazards
River Monitoring and Assessment
Ecology  - Individuals to Ecosystems
Geographical Information Systems
Ecology of Freshwaters
Population and Community Ecology


Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study in Environmental Sciences
Residential Environmental Field Trip
Environmental Pollution and its management
Project Management       

 


Module options:

Atmospheric processes, air pollution and its modelling
Geographical Information Systems
Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
Environmental Geology
Environmental Impact Assessments
River Conservation and Management
Restoration Ecology
River Science Research Project


You will learn how to

  • Develop an understanding of  the principles, theories and applications of the current knowledge and practice relating to the discipline of ‘Environmental Science’
  • Develop a range of subject–specific skills to support your undergraduate studies and to prepare you for employment and/or post-graduate study
  • Develop a range of transferable skills to support your undergraduate studies and to prepare you for employment and/or postgraduate study.
  • Develop a capacity for sustained independent work and ability to work with others as part of a team
  • Conduct a short term research project
  • Develop your skills of reflection, critical analysis and communication.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars and tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; open and resource-based learning
  • ‘Hands on ‘experience – field trips, laboratory investigations
  • Sector involvement: guest lecturers, industrial visits
  • Teaching mainly involves small group sessions (about 20 students) Sessions are a mix of tutor-led, student activities and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active information assimilation and application to various scenarios, exercises and quizzes and evaluation of data and reflection.

Elective modules

Single Honours Students: The structure of our courses allows you to tailor your studies according to your interests and strengths. You can study topics outside of your chosen course if you wish, thus giving you the opportunity to build skills that can boost your employability. You are able to choose from a number of Elective Modules in your first and second years which add breadth to your studies, make your degree distinctive and enable you to stand out from the crowd.

Visit our Elective Modules pages to find out more.

Employability

Employability

As an Environmental Scientist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills deemed essential by employers.

These include the ability to work independently and as part of a team; communicate effectively (both written and oral); competence in the use of information technology (IT); and how to critically evaluate information. You will also gain specialist skills for example in chemical analysis of soils and water to determine nutrient and pollutant concentrations, and skills for river conservation and management. Conducting your own research project will further demonstrate your competence as a Worcester graduate.

Through studying on the Environmental Science course, the skills and knowledge developed over the three years will provide you with many of the skills deemed essential for a successful career in environmental science. Consequently, our graduates have a good track record in gaining employment following graduation.

The Environmental Science course will prepare you for a range of rewarding careers, including environmental consultancy, roles in local government (e.g. environmental services, town and country planning, climate change development officers) and environmental analysis laboratories. Potential employers include: the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Natural England, the Wildlife Trusts, environmental consultancies, water treatment companies and waste management companies.

Many of our students are inspired to continue their education by studying further for an MSc or PhD. Opportunities to pursue research careers at university or research institutes are also available.

To further enhance your employment prospects, we will encourage you to gain additional experiences by taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available. We have excellent links with local environmental consultancies etc, where students have obtained voluntary and paid placements.

A number of third year students have also undertaken research for their final year project (dissertation) with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, and Pershore Town Council's Avon Meadows Community Wetland.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

The UCAS code for the BSc Environmental Science degree is F750.

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply
Student Views

Student Views

Emma Wake - BSc Environmental Science Year 1

“The course has increased my knowledge of environmental processes and issues. In my first year I have been able to study a large range of modules ranging from physical geography to ecology. The course offers a good mix of lectures, lab work and field work. I have also been given the opportunity to go on several field trips, which has added to the value of the course. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to carry out practical work in the field as it has helped my understanding of these methods.”

Jade Hardcombe - BSc Environmental Science, Year 2

“The university offers a broad choice of modules allowing me to specialise in Freshwater Ecology and Hydrology. There is an equal spread of field and laboratory work, as well as lectures which gives me all the knowledge and practical skills I require to pursue a career in the Environmental sector. I have particularly enjoyed the Freshwater Ecology and River Processes modules, which has inspired me to conduct my independent study on macroinvertevrate taxa abundance in pool-riffle morphologies.”


Why Worcester?

Why Worcester?

Worcester is an excellent place to study Environmental Science. You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in research and the practical application of ecological and analytical techniques.

Dr Diana Dine (Course Leader) Senior Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry – With a strong background in analytical techniques, Diana has developed an interest in contaminated soils and pollution regulation. To enhance student learning and employability, Diana has produced a variety of field and laboratory investigations for students and has co-authored a textbook on experimental design and statistics. Investigations include the determination of heavy metal levels in contaminated soil at industrial sites; the extent of zinc leaching from galvanised structures and the retention of heavy metals in constructed wetlands. Additional studies include the determination of nutrient concentrations of soils under different management regimes.

Dr Duncan Westbury Senior Lecturer in Ecology & Environmental Management – A strong background in applying ecological principles to habitat creation and management. Duncan has extensive research experience on the management of agro-ecosystems to support biodiversity whilst simultaneously supporting ecosystem services within the farmed landscape. Duncan has been a lead plant ecologist on several Defra-funded agro-ecology projects investigating methods of promoting biodiversity in arable and grassland habitats. His undergraduate teaching is influenced by previous and current research activities in agro-ecology.

Dr John Dutton Senior Lecturer in Ecology – Has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate students, and has been involved with a wide-range of research topics. These have included the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, habitat use by small mammals, habitat restoration, and the reintroduction of the European beaver. John has also led ecological research expeditions. With extensive experience of working within the conservation sector as a countryside ranger and running a wide variety of practical habitat management projects, John also has a good knowledge of the management of recreation/ conservation issues.

The study programme is focussed on equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in environmental management. Students accepted on the course will have numerous opportunities to gain further skills to enhance their employability. We strongly encourage our students to engage with different educational experiences.

 

This course offers you:

• A contemporary course within a rapidly advancing discipline
• The opportunity to use the theory learnt with an intensive field and laboratory schedule
• Access to a range of field sites for teaching and research.
• Individual attention – small classes with experienced tutors.
• Contact with many practitioners, including government advisers, consultants, and conservation officers.
• The option to study as Joint Honours with another subject.
• Optional residential field trip abroad (Provence, South of France).
• Numerous work experience opportunities with local and national organisations.
• The opportunity to study abroad/have an industrial placement year (sandwich placement)
• Opportunities to Earn as you Learn.
• Supportive academic tutorial system to enhance academic and employability skills.
• Excellent career prospects.


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