Other Courses: BSc Environmental Science

Environmental Science MEnvSci

Duration: 4 years | UCAS Code: F902 | Fee Look Up

Overview

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The first three years follow the BSc course structure. The fourth year provides more advanced research training of which a major part is an independent and original research project.

The emphasis on advanced research skills means our MEnvSci graduates have a significant competitive advantage when seeking employment or further study involving research.

Applications to our four-year Masters course are considered for both courses. In addition, applicants holding an offer of a place on our four-year course are guaranteed an alternative place on our three-year course should they need it, provided that the appropriate course requirements are met.


logo of iesProfessionally accredited

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) as part of their provisions for higher education, the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES). The IES is the leading professional body for Environmental Science professionals. Accreditation confirms that our courses are of high quality and provide excellent standards of professional development. Students on our courses are eligible to become student members of the IES – the first step toward achieving Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status.


Open days

We offer a wide range of open days throughout the year, where you can attend subject specific talks and meet staff and students.

Open Days


Our campus and how we use it

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course structure

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This course allows you to generalise across the environmental sciences or specialise down a specific pathway. Underpinning all our courses is an emphasis on research-based skills and practical knowledge of the subject area.

Your first year will consist of a broad introduction to the key themes of environmental science, allowing you to develop the base of knowledge and skills you will need to progress further into the course.

Your second and third years will allow you to take a generalised approach, blending different areas of environmental science as you see fit, or you can choose to specialise down one of four branches:

Global Environmental Change

This route focuses on contemporary changes in physical and ecological systems, and the large-scale physical and environmental processes that drive them, covering topics such as global warming. There is also the option to address the policy implications that global changes pose, adding a further analytical edge to the course.

Environmental Biosciences

This focuses on the relationships between organisms and their environment, including how organisms function in major ecosystems and drive environmental change. Topics covered include the effects of pollution, disturbance, and management on organisms, and there is the opportunity to study the conservation of organisms and biodiversity, which are key environmental concerns.

Environmental Geosciences

The impact of physical processes upon ecosystems, habitats and organisms forms the basis of this pathway. Strong emphasis is given to the geological and geomorphological processes that operate to shape the physical and biological environment, using state of the art techniques and analysis software. Topics covered include Earth and ecosystem dynamics, glacial processes, and natural hazards.

Environmental Quality and Technology

This new specialism explores applied aspects of Environmental Science to ensure you gain awareness of the tools and technologies available for the responsible monitoring, protection and exploitations of the environment.

Module choices for 2019-2020

Year 1

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Unrestricted module choice:

  • Approved Geography or Animal and Plant Science modules
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines, subject to departmental approval.

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

Year 2

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Unrestricted module choice:

  • Approved Geography or Animal and Plant Science modules
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines, subject to departmental approval.

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

Year 3

Core modules

Optional modules:

Unrestricted module choice:

  • Approved Geography or Animal and Plant Science modules
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines, subject to departmental approval.

You can also take the optional 0 credit module Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield.

Year 4

You can choose either route A or B.

Route A

Core modules:

Optional modules:

Unrestricted module choice:

  • Optional modules not taken above
  • Unrestricted modules from other disciplines, subject to departmental approval.

It's great having different lectures and practical sessions from the two departments - you get to look at the same issues like climate change, but from different perspectives

Rachael Osguthorpe, BSc Environmental Science

Teaching and Assessment

The central course pages contain figures which give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers

Environmental Science students

Employability

Our Environmental Science degrees provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of graduate employment sectors as well as further study. We have a range of research and industry partners and this ensures that students engage with the applications of environmental science beyond university.

Graduates have been highly successful in securing employment across the environmental sector. The environmental science skills and in-depth knowledge gained from the courses are attractive to employers. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancies, local government agencies, sustainable energy companies, and conservation bodies such as wildlife trusts and Natural England.

Other graduates have used the transferable skills gained from the course to gain employment opportunities outside of the environmental sciences. A degree in Environmental Science tells employers that you can analyse situations, develop solutions, handle data, communicate complex issues, deploy scientific techniques and manage projects from start to finish. Recent graduates have used these assets to secure employment in teaching, law, patenting, finance and banking.

Studying Environmental Science at Sheffield gave me a great base on which to begin my career.

Joshua, BSC Environmental Science, Environment officer

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Entry requirements
Qualification Grades
A Levels or A Levels + EPQ AAB including Geography or another relevant Science subject or AAB including Geography or another relevant Science subject + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level including Geography or another relevant Science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including Geography or another relevant Science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications

Other requirements

  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or C
  • Science subjects includes: Biology/Human Biology, Geology and Environmental Science/Studies or one of the above + Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Statistics
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
    Equivalent English language qualifications