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 Geography or another relevant science subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including Geography or another science subject + B
International Baccalaureate 34, 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 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
  • 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 Environmental Science
Introduction to Physical Geography
Skills for Environmental Scientists
Ecological identification skills
Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change

Optional modules:

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

Second year

Core modules:

Environmental Pollution and Quality
Water and Soil Processes in the Environment
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
Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Ice Age Earth
Population and Community Ecology 2
Biology Projects
Conservation Principles
Ecosystems in a Changing Global Environment
Environmental Biology Practicals
Plant Habitat and Distribution
Plant, Cell and Environment

Third year

Core modules:

Professional Skills for Environmental Science
Issues in Environmental Science

Optional modules:

Dissertation for Geography& Environmental Science
Advanced Geospatial Analysis
Coastal Processes
Conservation Issues and Management
Dangerous and Dynamic Earth
Environmental Policy and Governance
Glacial Environments
Independent Extended Essay
International Field Class
New Zealand Field Class
Planetary Geoscience
Animal Ecology and Behaviour Field Course
Biology and Ethics
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Evolutionary Ecology
Future Plants: From Laboratory to Field
Global Change
Life in Extreme Environments
Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
The Ecology of Landscapes

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Research Project
Research Project
Research Dissertation
Research and Communication Skills in Biology
Current Issues in Geography and Environmental Science
Key Issues in Environment and Development
Living with Climate Change in the Global South
Research Design in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
Sustainable development: a critical investigation
Understanding Environmental Change
Advanced Biological Analysis

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

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 2018 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 ongoing, 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 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

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.

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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