Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F902
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Biology Environmental Science Geography

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

Course description

The MEnvSci includes a year of advanced research training, giving you a masters-level qualification. It's excellent training for a PhD and a research career in government or industry.

All compulsory field trips and classes are free. We also offer some scholarships for optional field classes and independent research. You will have the chance to take part in field classes in the UK, Europe, Africa and North America.

You can specialise in global change, environmental biosciences or environmental geosciences. Or you can take a more general course.

The first year includes modules in geography, earth science and biology. These modules explore the range of physical environments and ecosystems and provide the foundation for the rest of your course.

In the second and third years, you'll build on what you've learned with more specialised study of environmental science. In the third year, you'll carry out an extended research project in the lab or in the field.

In the fourth year, you will join an active research group and conduct your own advanced research project. The Department of Geography collaborates with the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences to run this course.

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 AAB including Georgraphy or another relevant science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Geography or another science subject + B
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level 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 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 Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject: 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits, including Geography or another relevant science subject unit, plus Merits in 15 Level 3 credits
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 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
  • 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
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:

Introduction to Physical Geography
Skills for Environmental Scientists
Ecological identification skills
Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change
Practical Skills in Biology

Optional modules:

Introduction to Environmental Geographies
Introduction to Geographical Methods
New Horizons in Geography
Animal and Plant Physiology
Population and Community Ecology 1

Second year

Core modules:

Environmental Pollution and Quality
Animal and Plant Science Tutorials
Data Analysis
Environmental Interpretation Field Course
Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science
Statistical Analysis for Geography and Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Atmospheres and Oceans
Earth Surface Processes and Dynamics
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Population and Community Ecology 2
Quaternary Paleaoenvironments
Biology Projects
Conservation Principles
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Environmental Biology Practicals
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
Plant Habitat and Distribution
Plant, Cell and Environment

Third year

Core modules:

Professional Skills for Environmental Science
Issues in Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Coastal Processes
Conservation Issues and Management
Geo-Environmental Project
Glacial Environments
Landscape Development and Tectonic Processes
Natural and Environmental Hazards
New Zealand Field Class
Specialised Topics
Biology and Ethics
Environmental Regulation in Plants
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Evolutionary Ecology
Global Change
Life in Extreme Environments
Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
The Ecology of Landscapes

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Research Project
Research Project
Research Dissertation
Advanced Topics in Geography and Environmental Science
Current Issues in Geography and Environmental Science
Monitoring Techniques for Environmental Analysis
Research Design in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
Advanced Biological Analysis
Advanced Trends in Biology
Research and Study Skills in Biology

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 22%
Independent study 78%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 34%
Coursework 53%
Practical 13%

Department of Geography

Our modules are taught by leading academics and reflect our research expertise in fields such as politics, social and cultural geographies, environmental issues, glacial environments, climate change, landscape dynamics and ecosystem processes. Our programmes are highly flexible and can be tailored to suit your interests; you can choose modules from across Geography as well as modules from other academic departments. Our programmes include traingin 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 2017 puts Sheffield in the UK top 5 for biosciences. In fact every edition since 2009 put us in the top 5. We think this means we're doing something right.

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 out own world-leading research.

The timetable is busy and varied. We combine lectures with small group tutorials. You'll also take part in ongoing, cutting-edge field and lab research, giving you an exceptional breadth of experience.

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

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences website

What our graduates do

As well as specialist geographical skills and knowledge, our degrees provide you with transferable skills that are valued by graduate employers. Our graduates work all over the world in a range of sectors, from policy and government, business and consultancy, to science, sustainability and the environment.

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

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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