BSc/MSci Environmental Science
F750 3 years
F751 4 years (MSci programme)
This programme is the University’s flagship environmental degree enabling you to learn the science behind the Earth’s amazing complexity and its environmental processes. Taught at our Cornwall Campus near Falmouth, this undergraduate programme is at the cutting-edge of current thinking in the environmental field: you will learn practical and theoretical insights from world leading research experts in a range of environmental disciplines. Our mission is to train you in measuring, evaluating and making decisions about environmental issues. From day one of your degree you will take a hands-on approach to the collection and analysis of environmental data in the field and laboratory.
The programme will broaden your horizons by enabling you to learn about environmental processes at a range of scales from local issues affecting South West England to those with global impacts. You’ll engage with issues relating to climate change, its impact on the world and efforts to mitigate its effect. You will uncover the complexities of the legal processes which underpin environmental decision making and discover how the law facilitates the enforcement of environmental regulation. You will benefit from interaction with cutting-edge interdisciplinary research through the programme’s close relationship with the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) – an interdisciplinary centre that is leading research into the consequences of environmental change and the mitigation and management of its effects.
Throughout the programme you will develop a wide range of practical skills to increase your employability, working with satellite data and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to guide real-world environmental decision making. You will have the opportunity to work and learn in inspiring places where you will gain practical field experience and learn more about the world, yourself and others.
A unique aspect of our programme is the inclusion of law in all years of study. We believe that this will give you a sound understanding about the legal framework underpinning issues of environmental protection and is a necessary component of putting science into practice in the environmental jobs sector. A real strength of our graduates will be their ability to connect a fundamental understanding about environmental law with conceptual approaches to environmental policy and practice.
Our programme structure allows you to pursue your interests and shape your ambitions. In addition to studying a number of core modules you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a selection of optional modules in related disciplines and undertake a primary research project in your preferred area. Importantly, throughout this three-year programme you will gain insights from industry leaders in the environmental sector and engage with other relevant organisations through field trips embedded in modules and work placement opportunities offered by the University.
If you choose the four year MSci programme (new for 2014 entry) you will spend your fourth year on two projects focused on a specialised area aligned with one of our leading research groups, one of which will be in partnership with an external organisation, plus a two week intensive field course.
The programme is designed to give you the essential skills that employers demand, while allowing you to pursue your interests in the wider subject area.
* Please note that the field class location may be subject to change.