What will I study?
The first-year modules provide a strong practical and theoretical introduction to the course.
Principles of Environmental Science
Gain an introduction to key laboratory and field techniques associated with environmental scientific procedures and research.
Climate, Soils and Vegetation
Study aspects of Environmental Science to better understand complex environmental issues such as global warming, land use management and natural hazard mitigation. Develop specific skills for analysing and interpreting weather, climate and soils, and the ability to use these skills in the sustainable management of soil as a resource.
Personal Development Skills
Explore career development and acquire transferable skills that are essential in the environmental employment sector. These include scientific and report writing, referencing techniques, presentations and IT skills.
Explore the biological diversity on Earth, focusing on the abundance and distribution of species. Investigate the theories of evolution, causes of mass extinctions and conservation of species.
Ecology: Terrestrial and Water
Study the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in relation to the distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.
Introduction to Geology
Gain an understanding of geomorphology including geological timescales, rock types, structural, geology, palaeontology, mass extinction events and the use of geological maps.
During the second year, you will develop skills in independent research and data analysis, and apply principles in a professional context.
Natural Resource Management
Explore the principles underlying the exploitation of natural resources, and cultivate a critical awareness of the social, economic and political importance of natural resource management. You will also evaluate the complex nature of managing natural resources.
Environmental Law and Policy
Investigate the development, implementation and impact of environmental policies and laws. Explore the important theme of protection of the environment via environmental politics, policy processes and generation with the ever increasing issue of securing sustainability.
Global Climate Change
Study the science of climate change, consider ethical conflict, analyse political arguments and apply reasoning to the resolution of this pressing environmental problem.
Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Learn about the mapping and analytical techniques used in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Explore the application of technology across a wide range of topic areas.
Advanced Analytical Techniques
Gain a grounding in the principles, methods and applications of modern analytical laboratory and field techniques. This module also includes a residential overseas field trip.
Experimental Design and Analysis
Prepare for your final year research dissertation, cultivating an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis and data presentation.
As final year students on the BSc (Hons) course, you will apply your new knowledge and skills to the process of solving environmental problems.
Explore concepts of scale, place and human-environment relationships in the context of sustainability. Review the barriers between sustainable developments theory and practice and appraise the contrasting theories, explanations of, and approaches to sustainability.
Environmental Politics, Issues and Ethics
Explore issues in and perceptions of environment and society in order to systematically identify and evaluate the philosophies influencing Environmental Sciences.
Innovations and Energy
Investigate one of the most challenging problems exercising scientists of the 21st Century; how to harness and distribute safe, clean energy from sources that do not deplete with use. Consider the depletion of fossil fuels and the increasing demand for energy to evaluate the choices available for the future.
Undertake independent research, under supervision, in an area of Environmental Science-related subjects of your own choice.
Examples of optional modules:
- Environmental Assessment and Management
- Advanced Ecology
- Applied Hydrology and Water Resources.
You will have 13 hours of scheduled contact time per week, of which approximately three hours will be practical work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following.
- Project output – 8%
- Portfolio – 9%
Practical skills - 17%
Exams - 66%
What do the course fees cover?
The annual fee for your undergraduate degree course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition.
- You will have a pre-paid printing allowance of £20 (which currently equates to up to 400 sides of A4 black and white printing) for use in NTU Print Shops.
- We will ensure that you have the right laboratory equipment, coats and safety equipment, where required.
- You will not have to pay tuition fees for your Year Abroad/Sandwich year when it is part of the course.
- You will not need to cover additional administration fees for international exchange.
What is not included in the fee?
You will need to budget for the following:
- general printing of coursework in addition to the printing allowance
- books and texts
- accommodation and travel costs
- travel and accommodation costs involved in year abroad, sandwich year or any placements you take
- graduation social events
- additional field trip or field work costs where not borne by the School.
Language classes are available via the University Language Programme at a very reasonable additional fee, alongside your chosen course. These do not bear credit towards your course.
Are you an international student?
Find out more about our entry requirements, fees and accommodation.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
We have invested over £200 million in facilities at Brackenhurst campus in the last eight years.
Our brand new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.
The University is currently undertaking feasibility work to investigate installing wind turbines at Brackenhurst campus.
Peregrine falcons - live streaming and archive footage
The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has, for the last decade, been home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on an outside ledge near the top. Watch live footage or archive video of them nesting, laying eggs and rearing their chicks.
Green Flag status
Brackenhurst campus has been awarded the Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park and St James’s Park.
Nottingham Trent University has been awarded Fairtrade status. Fairtrade products are available in all campus shops, catering outlets and the Students' Union.
Once you have graduated from this course, potential employers include:
- Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Environment Agency
- Local Government
- Environmental consultancies
- Conservation agencies
- Private companies.
Possible roles you may consider include:
- Energy Management advisor
- Sustainability Officer
- Environmental auditor
- Water Quality Scientist
- Conservation advisor
- Recycling Officer
- Environmental Consultant.
What our students say
"I have a genuine passion for the environment that extends beyond my university life, and so a career in ecology and / or environmental science is my dream. I enjoy working outside, undertaking field work, and engaging in practical activities. I also value the challenge of lab and desk-based work: including analysis and data interpretation. I aspire to be in a career that really makes a difference to the environment; influencing the actions of others, whether it is on a small or large scale, to the best of my ability."
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
You can choose to take an optional paid placement year in industry. This work experience will enable you to develop your skills and put your knowledge into practice in a working environment. This experience is highly valued by future employers.
Previous students have undertaken placements in organisations such as:
- Environment Agency
- Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Severn Trent Water
- British Geological Survey
- Wildlife Trusts.
You will need:
- 260 UCAS tariff points achieved from a minimum of two subjects at A-level
- to include a Science A-level subject
- or BTEC Diploma (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a relevant subject
- GCSE Maths and English are required at Grade C or above.
International students please see the full list of alternative qualifications.
Applications are encouraged from mature students who may not have formal entry qualifications, but who can demonstrate commitment or have relevant experience.
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time. Good luck with your application.
Part-time applicants need to complete a direct entry form available from our Student Administration team. Just give us a call +44 (0)1636 817099 and we'll put one in the post for you straight away.
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.
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