A group of students on a field trip on a beach.

MSci

Environmental Science (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
F9MF
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Five years full-time; six years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Pete Maxfield
Key fact:
This course gives you the knowledge and practical work-based skills for a career tackling some of today's most important environmental challenges.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study environmental science?

The environment we live in is changing rapidly. Solving and managing the problems caused by environmental change is becoming increasingly important.

Drawing on a variety of scientific fields, environmental scientists can help us to unpick the challenges we're up against and put forward the urgent solutions our planet needs.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Environmental Science brings together knowledge from a variety of fields to give you a deep understanding of the environmental challenges facing the world today.

Through a practical, hands-on approach that runs through all the modules, you'll gain exposure to the skills and technology employed at the forefront of environmental science.

Carry out your own investigations in our specialist labs, and use the latest mapping software in our dedicated computer suite.

Learn to analyse and interpret complex data, and pioneer environmentally sound, scientifically robust, practical solutions.

You'll be based in Bristol, a hub for environmental innovation and opportunity, where you can tap into interesting projects and collaborations.

Undertake work placements, volunteering roles, field-based work and residential trips in natural and urban environments, in the UK and abroad.

Go on inspiring expeditions to the threatened forests of Madagascar or diving on the coral reefs of Cuba.

If you choose the sandwich course option, you'll get to spend your third year working with a public or private sector employer in this country, Europe or further afield, applying your knowledge to current environmental issues.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates take their skills into internationally-renowned organisations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Others go into industry, working with employers such as Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Atkins or charities like the Woodland Trust.

Some become film-makers, or take part in conservation projects around the world, everywhere from the Seychelles to Panama.

Other graduates continue studying to PhD level.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Biology in Practice
  • Chemistry in Practice
  • Skills for Science
  • People and Science.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Life on Earth
  • The Earth
  • Environment and Society
  • Field Skills.

Year two

You will study:

  • Environmental and Field Techniques
  • Ecology and Ecosystem Protection.

Plus four optional modules from:

  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Impacts and Mitigation
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Hydrology to Oceanography
  • The Microbial World.

You'll need to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of your second year to go into the third year. Students that don't achieve this will transfer to the third year of our BSc(Hons) Environmental Science.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the six year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three

You will study:

  • Research Project or Dissertation Project
  • Resource Security and Sustainability.

Plus four optional modules from:

  • Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise
  • Energy Technologies
  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Tropical Expedition
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Global Forest Systems
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Science Communication
  • Professional Practice in Applied Sciences*
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Environmental Microbiology.

Final year

You will study:

  • Research with Impact
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Research in Practice.

*Compulsory if you do a placement.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Get a strong grounding in each topic in lectures, seminars and tutorials. Then enrich and deepen your understanding through laboratory workshops, fieldwork exercises and case studies.

Learn about everything from geology to climate science. Study the problems and solutions linked to our changing environment. Develop the science communication skills to help you stand out from other environmental graduates.

Learn in diverse environments with regular fieldwork and residential field trips.

Benefit from teaching linked with world-class environmental research.

Carry out two research projects of your own one in year three and a more advanced one in your final year.

You'll join a research team at the University, and work with an academic supervisor in your area of interest who's involved in the latest environmental science research.

Our tutors are involved in areas such as the conservation of bird's nest ferns in rainforests, the decontamination of water in Third World countries and the use of plants to measure radiation levels.

Identify and develop the skills you'll need for your ideal career.

Receive one-to-one guidance and feedback from our team of environmental science specialists.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
132%68%0%100%
228%72%0%100%
324%76%0%100%
412%88%0%100%

Assessment

We'll assess your work using a mix of coursework and exams including unseen, open-book and practical exams, essays, practical reports, individual and group projects, oral and visual presentations, case-study analysis, taxonomic collections and problem-solving exercises.

We use different types of assessment to reflect the range of theoretical concepts, knowledge and practical skills we cover on the course.

Your first year assessments won't count towards your final degree mark.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
040%60%0%100%
140%60%0%100%
247%53%0%100%
340%60%0%100%
40%87%13%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the six year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

We'll encourage you to apply for placements, a paid summer vacation internship and volunteering roles, through our links with industry, government organisations, consultancies and conservation groups.

Our students work with leading employers, such as the RSPB, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Environment Agency, MoD, Kew Gardens and Tongariro Natural History Society in New Zealand.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is an essential part of studying and understanding environmental issues, so you'll spend a significant part of your time doing fieldwork.

As well as going on short local trips in and around Bristol, with its rich variety of urban and natural environments, we arrange UK and international residential visits each year. You'll get to go to places like Devon, Cornwall, Tenerife, Madagascar and Cuba.

Find out about a recent field trip in Cornwall from our students studying Marine Ecology or hear more about a recent field trip to study the ecosystems of a tropical island near Cuba.

Study facilities

Benefit from our well-equipped analytical and computer laboratories, glasshouse and dedicated field centre.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Environmental issues impact at local, national and international levels, and our students go on to make a valuable contribution in many different areas.

Past students have worked as pollution scientists, water quality experts and environmental managers with organisations including The Environment Agency, Wessex Water and DEFRA.

Some find roles as environmental consultants, working on renewable energy, waste management or the consequences of climate change. Others go into environmental education in schools, field studies organisations or postgraduate study.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Find out what being a water quality scientist involves. 

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in environmental science

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full Time with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Science AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-Level
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

This course is designed to accept a wide range of people with different educational backgrounds. You will be considered on an individual basis.

If you expect to be awarded a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our MSci Environmental Science course.

You will be required to achieve an average grade of 2:1 or above by the end of your second year in order to progress to the third year of the course. Students that do not achieve this will transfer to the third year of BSc(Hons) qualification.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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