Residential Field Courses
Fieldwork will stimulate your academic curiosity through exposure to a range of situations and challenges. It allows you to apply your learning and develop new skills at many different scales.
Residential field courses add a different dimension to your degree as you can immerse yourself more deeply in your learning whilst away on fieldwork. They foster a greater understanding of Environmental Management & Sustainability and how it can be applied in the real-world.
During the Environmental Management & Sustainability programme there is the opportunity to attend three unique residential field courses. In your first year, there is a 4-day trip to the Brecon Beacons, whilst in your second year there is a 10-day trip to Provence (France), followed by a 12-day trip to Kolkata (India) in your final year of study.
Year 1: Brecon Beacons National Park (4 days)
This trip will be your first experience of residential fieldwork at University and provides an excellent opportunity to really get to know other students on the course. It runs within the mandatory module “Environmental Investigations”. We will be travelling to Blaenavon in South Wales where fieldwork will focus on historic coal mining activities and its continuing impact on the environment. We will set the scene with a trip to the Big Pit National Coal Museum, a World Heritage Site, which will be followed by three days of fieldwork, investigating impacts on soil, water and vegetation.
Year 2: Provence (France) (10 days)
This field course takes us to the south of France and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Here we have exciting opportunities to examine sustainability issues around resource use and the conservation of biodiversity in a very different climatic zone. Visits include the Camargue National Park, which encompasses a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve and a Ramsar site, the INRA Rice Research Station, and the Crau Plain which is home to the critically endangered Crau Plain Grasshopper. Visits to the EDF hydroelectric canal and the Serre-Ponçon dam allow you to explore a variety of issues including the sustainable use of water for agriculture, the impact of hydroelectric dams on river biodiversity, and the environmental impacts of rice production.
You will also have the opportunity to work alongside the Conservatoire d’espaces naturals de Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Parc Natural Régional des Alpilles on long-term environmental and biodiversity monitoring programmes.
Year 3: Kolkata (India) (12 days)
This field course is a major highlight of the Environmental Management & Sustainability programme. You will have a fascinating experience conducting fieldwork in a country that is dealing with environmental management and sustainability issues on a major scale, driven by a growing population and continuing economic development. During this course you will explore the city of Kolkata (Calcutta) investigating water and air pollution, and the public perception of climate change and the importance of sustainability. You will visit East Kolkata Wetlands, a Ramsar site, which treats wastewater whilst providing Kolkata’s 15 million residents with fresh fish and vegetables.
You will also have a two-night stay in Sundarbans National Park, which is a Biosphere Reserve and Tiger Reserve to learn about sustainable livelihoods in relation to tiger conservation. The region will be explored on foot (including canopy walks) and by boat through some of the 10,000 km2 of mangrove forest in the world’s largest delta.
In conjunction with the University of Calcutta, you will also take part in research to investigate sustainable approaches to food production. Field trials set up as a collaboration between the University of Worcester and the University of Calcutta to investigate approaches to boost pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests will be assessed by students, contributing to a long-term database. Attending this field trip means not only will you be contributing to science, but also to the long-term sustainability of Indian agriculture and the farming community.
Residential Field Course Costs
The cost of the four-day trip to the Brecon Beacons is covered in your tuition fees with regards to travel, meals, and accommodation. Additional costs are associated with the trips to France and India. The trip to France is a self-catering field course so there will be the additional costs of purchasing food and drinks on top of the approximate cost of £700 per student. The cost of the trip to India is approximately £1,800, and you will have to cover the cost of drinks, and if required, a visa, and any travel vaccinations.
At the University of Worcester we promote educational and social inclusion and equality. We do not want financial barriers preventing some students from gaining the educational experiences and opportunities we have created. Residential field courses would not be in the BSc (Hons) Environmental Management & Sustainability programme if we did not feel they were of value to the student and important for students completing the course. If needed, students can apply to the Access to Learning fund, for help with these additional costs.
The University of Worcester also has an Academic Achievement Scholarships scheme. The University awards scholarships of £1,000 to eligible undergraduate students in the first and second year of their degree course (or first year of a Foundation degree) based on their academic achievement at Worcester.