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Environmental Resource Management

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Geography and Environmental Management
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Hazem Gouda
Key fact:
The course has been developed in response to a rising demand from governments, consumers and industry to effectively manage and preserve our environment and resources.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Environmental Resource Management?

With climate change high on the political agenda, those working in governments, science and industry are keen to find new ways to mitigate risk. As resources become scarce, making good use of existing resources through effective energy management is also vital. As a result, there is growing demand for skilled professionals who understand how best to manage our energy, environment and resources.

Why study our course?

This course examines the impact of people on the environment as a result of their demand and use of global resources. It will also help you develop the skills and knowledge to identify and evaluate sustainable approaches to resource management. The main themes include water, energy, climate change / global warming and environmental hazards. In your Final year, you will be able to choose to specialise in renewable energy or water futures, or develop a broad training in energy management. Alongside all this, you will develop analytical, problem solving, decision making, communication and business skills, preparing you for the workplace.

Real world experience

Throughout the course, you will experience environmental issues first-hand on site visits and field trips. You will also be able to learn about best practice and industry challenges through presentations by visiting professionals. There will also be opportunities to complete internships and a work placement to broaden your experience and industry knowledge.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will find a range of opportunities in the commercial, industrial or public sectors. These include renewable energy project manager roles, carbon or energy consulting work, and advising industry or government on climate or energy policy.

Accreditations and partnerships:



This course will give you the option to gain a broad training in environmental resource management, with a chance to specialise in gas and oil or renewables.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Environmental Challenges
  • Energy, Society and Climate Change
  • Geographies of Globalisation
  • Environmental Engineering Field Study
  • Geographical Skills.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Energy Futures: Policy and Practice
  • Climate Change: Tracing the Record
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Managing Global Resources
  • Energy Conservation in the Built Environment
  • Project Management, Health and Safety Risk Management.

You will also have the chance to undertake an optional placement year.

Final Year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Global Warming and Environmental Hazards
  • Final Year Project.

In addition to the above, you will choose from the following optional modules, according to credit requirements:

  • Integrated Water Management
  • Environmental Impact
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Management and Performance Evaluation
  • Hazard Management in the Energy Inudstry.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

Our lecturing staff achieve consistently high scores in the National Student Survey and provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are active researchers or industrial consultants and aware of modern advances in their discipline. 

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, including small-group practicals and seminars, laboratory classes, workshops and field visits.

Through our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, Year one students receive mentoring and support from those in Year two.

Find out more about our department's approach to teaching and learning.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time engaged in essential independent study. 


Modules are assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework, essays, projects, presentations and field exercises. Most coursework is undertaken individually but there are some group assignments. Examinations take place in Year one, Year two and the Final year.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).


Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. This means that, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Where possible, we will arrange initiatives, such as Green Internships schemes, to give you the chance to gain valuable work experience in your summer holidays. We will also encourage you to apply your learning during work placements. Past students have worked in a variety of settings, such as on ISO accreditation for Porsche, and energy management for EDF and the leisure sector.


Field trips are an important part of this course and you will be able to take advantage of residential visits and numerous day trips during the course.

Study facilities

You will be able to experiment and test your theories in well-equipped general and field laboratories, as well as those dedicated to earth sciences, environmental change and environmental physics. You will also:

  • investigate environmental change and test water quality and soil mechanics in our physical geography laboratories
  • map and measure angles, distances and topography, and carry out level surveys in our surveying laboratory
  • conduct a spatial enquiry and analyse data, using industry-standard GIS and statistical software in our computer laboratories.

The core business of a university is education and UWE Bristol has a host of fantastic facilities to help deliver the very best learning experience. You will use a wide range of materials in a variety of media, which will be formed into your learning environment and experience.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

To help develop your industry knowledge and understanding, there will be opportunities to attend site trips and presentations by visiting professionals.

Socialise and campaign

There will be an opportunity to meet fellow environmentalists at our Geography Society.

Be inspired

Read our students' experiences whilst studying Geography, Planning and Environmental Management courses.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be able to progress to a range of careers in the commercial, industrial or public sectors. Past students have gone onto positions as renewable energy project managers, carbon or energy consultants, and climate or energy policy advisors to industry or government. Others have undertaken graduate roles as energy managers, sustainability advisors with local authorities and air quality consultants, while a few have chosen further study on courses such as our MSc Sustainable Development in Practice.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read Zak's experience of studying an environmental management topic at UWE Bristol.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
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 year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, 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: No specific subjects required. Points from 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 two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Geography, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Business Studies, Design and Technology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. An A-Level in Mathematics or Physics would be advantageous, plus Geography or a subject with significant science content (for example, Environmental Science, Biology or Chemistry). You can join us from an Access course. If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis.

We welcome your application if you lack the conventional entrance requirements, but do have substantial relevant work or other experience and your motivation and skills would enable you to succeed on the course.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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