Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F900
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Biology Environmental Science Geography

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Undergraduate Programmes Officer
Department of Geography
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7900

Course description

Environmental issues are a pressing concern for governments, businesses and societies and there is a high demand for environmental specialists in all these areas. This has led to the growth of environmental science as a major international discipline helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

Environmental science is taught jointly by the Department of Geography and the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. Both departments undertake international research at the frontiers of the discipline, so you'll be taught by experts in their fields. You'll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests, studying modules that span the environmental sciences.

You'll also have the opportunity to focus on research specialisms such as global environmental change, biosciences, geoscience, and environmental quality and technology.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). Students on this are eligible to become student members of the IES - the first step toward achieving Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, including Geography or another relevant science subject
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB, including Geography or another science + B in a relevant EPQ; BBB, including Geography or another science + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 33, 5 in Higher Level Geography or another relevant science subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, including Geography or another relevant science subject
Scottish Highers AAABB, including Geography or another relevant science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, 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
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • Science subjects includes Biology/Human Biology, Geology and Environmental Science/Studies or one of the above + Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Statistics
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Geography website

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences website

First year

Core modules:

Earth, Wind, Ice and Fire
Our Environment
Skills for Environmental Scientists
Ecological identification skills
Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change

Optional modules:

Living with Environmental Change
New Horizons in Geography
Plant Physiology, Reproduction and Development
Population and Community Ecology 1
The Environmental Challenge
Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield (L1)

Second year

Core modules:

Environmental Pollution and Quality
Animal and Plant Science Tutorials
Data Analysis
Environmental Interpretation Field Course
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Atmospheres and Oceans
Earth Surface Processes
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Past Environmental Change
Biology Projects
Conservation Principles
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Environmental Biology Practicals
Plant Habitat and Distribution
Plant, Cell and Environment
Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield (L2)

Third year

Core modules:

Professional Skills for Environmental Science
Issues in Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Dissertation for Geography& Environmental Science
Advanced Geospatial Analysis
Advances in Cryosphere Science
Applied Volcanology
Coastal Systems: Processes and Management
Conservation Issues and Management
Environmental Policy and Governance
Galapagos Fieldclass
Independent Extended Essay (L3)
Lake District Fieldclass
Landscape Evolution
MATLAB Coding for Geoscience
New Zealand Fieldclass
Planetary Geoscience
Evolutionary Ecology
Future Plants: From Laboratory to Field
Global Change
Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
The Ecology of Landscapes
Exploring the Peak District and Sheffield (L3)

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 24%
Independent study 76%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 43%
Coursework 49%
Practical 8%

Department of Geography

Geography is a key discipline for the 21st century. Our Royal Geographical Society accredited degrees offer specialisms that reflect our research expertise and the international agenda. Your course is also highly flexible: you tailor it to your interests. All students are able to choose modules from across our human and physical geography specialisms. But you can also study modules from other disciplines, regardless of the degree you take. Our programmes include training in key skills, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and policy analysis. You'll also receive practical training through fieldwork.

Fieldwork is embedded throughout our programmes. As an international department, we ensure you'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in another country in Year 2, with the option of further international field classes in Year 3. Recent destinations for our fieldclasses include Berlin, California, Greece, Morocco, New York, New Zealand, Uganda and Spain.

As well as group study areas, we have our own computer suites that are equipped with the latest remote sensing, GIS and modeling software packages. We also have state-of-the-art laboratories, including an environment centre in the Peak District and a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography website

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

The Times Good University Guide 2019 puts Sheffield in the UK top 10 for biosciences. We think this means we're doing something right.

We combine lectures with small group tutorials. You'll also take part in cutting-edge field and lab research, giving you an exceptional breadth of experience. We're a close knit community where every student gets the support and encouragement needed to achieve their best work. Our staff are world leaders in their fields and much of what we teach is based on our own world-leading research.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include controlled environment chambers that simulate natural climates around the world. We also have experimental gardens and glasshouses, artificial stream and pond systems, leading equipment for DNA analysis, biomolecular and elemental analyses, and extensive computing resources.

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences website

What our graduates do

Our programmes will develop your ability to analyse global problems from a range of perspectives and at different scales. Our students gain benchmark geographical skills as well as transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Your Geography degree can take you into a wide range of careers throughout the world: from policy and government, business and consultancy, to science, sustainability and the environment.

Recent graduate destinations have included Arup, Deloitte, the Department for International Development, the Environment Agency and the Met Office.

BSc Environmental Science F900 and MEnvSci Environmental Science F902
Our graduates are valued by employers for their environmental science skills and in-depth knowledge. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in environmental consultancy and policy, sustainable energy, land remediation and conservation. As well as specialist skills and knowledge, our degrees provide you with transferable skills that are valued by graduate employers, such as handling data, communicating complex issues, and managing projects from start to finish. Other graduates have used these assets to secure employment in teaching, law, patenting, finance and banking.

Student profile

"We've just got back from a field class in California where we were in the Mojave desert looking at the landscape...we went with three lecturers who were extremely knowledgeable on drylands."

Bryony Smith

BSc Geography graduate Stephen Penson explains how his course helped prepare him for his job as a geographic information system (GIS) consultant.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) Accreditation Scheme.

The IES is one of the leading professional bodies for environmental science professionals. Accreditation confirms that our courses meet high standards of professional development.

Our students are eligible to become student members of the IES - the first step towards Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status.

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