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BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science

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  • UCAS code(s): F750 / F751
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This multidisciplinary course includes the scientific study of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating on and within the Earth. It is fully accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. You will explore environmental issues including natural resources, waste management, conservation and sustainability. Other areas of focus include climate change, renewable energies, environmental hazard management, and law and policy.

If you have any questions about our Environmental Science course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

Why choose this course?

  • You'll be based at our Brackenhurst Campus – the perfect place to put theory into practice. From geographical information system (GIS) mapping, and renewable energy solutions to conservation methods and weather monitoring, there's a huge range of professional tools, technology and facilities on your doorstep.
  • Get the best of both worlds! Immerse yourself in the subject in our outdoor classroom at Brackenhurst, but still be completely connected to all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham has to offer.
  • Study at one of the UK's most environmentally friendly universities – NTU has achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award and invested in many environmental-impact innovations.
  • Put your learning into practice and boost your appeal to employers with a work placement.
  • Take advantage of subsidised field trips as part of your course fee.
  • This degree is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Accredited by:

IES-Environmental-Science

What you'll study

This multidisciplinary course includes the scientific study of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating on and within the Earth. You’ll develop awareness and understanding of global and local earth systems.

  • Year One

    Principles of Environmental Science

    Gain an introduction to key laboratory and field techniques associated with environmental scientific procedures and research.

    Principles of Ecology

    Study the interaction of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in relation to the distribution of populations and communities within ecosystems.

    Biodiversity Conservation

    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.

    Introduction to Global Environmental Issues

    Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment and how the natural environment impacts human society.

    Introduction to Earth Science

    Gain an understanding of geology, including geological timescales, rock types, structural geology, palaeontology, mass extinction events and the use of geological maps.

    Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

    Learn about the Earth’s surface systems and processes, and develop your understanding of how the physical landscape is shaped.

  • Year Two

    Experimental Design and Analysis

    Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, and data presentation.

    Law and Policy

    Investigate the development, implementation and impact of environmental policies and laws. Explore the important theme of protecting the environment via environmental politics and policies, and the ever-increasing issue of securing sustainability.

    Environmental Monitoring and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

    Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in GIS. Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

    Technical Skills

    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 currently to Spain.

    Sustainability

    Appraise the contrasting theories, explanations of, and approaches to sustainability. Review the barriers between the theory and the practice of sustainable development.

    Living with Climate Change

    Study the science of climate change, consider the ethical conflict, analyse political arguments, and apply reasoning to the resolution of this pressing environmental problem.

  • Year Three

    Placement year for students on the four-year course.

  • Final year

    Dissertation

    Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within environmental science.

    Frontiers in Environmental Biogeochemistry

    Learn about the latest developments and applications in biochemistry within the secondary environmental, including its effects on, and implications for, humans.

    Innovations in Energy

    Investigate 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 and evaluate the choices available for the future.

    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.

    Example optional modules (choose one of the following):

    • Applied Hydrology and Water Resources
    • Applications of Remote Sensing
    • Marine and Freshwater Ecology

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How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork. You'll also get the chance to take part in a residential field trip in year two, currently to Spain.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (33%) and written (67%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (80%) and written (20%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Science.

Careers and employability

Your future career

As one of our graduates, you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including research methodology, problem-solving and attention to detail, in addition to the specific knowledge and skills relevant to an Environmental Science degree.

The skills and knowledge acquired will equip you to pursue a career within organisations concerned with sustainable energy use and generation, the protection of natural resources, and environmental conservation.

Our graduates have gone on to work for many different employers such as:

  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Environment Agency
  • local government
  • environmental consultancies
  • conservation agencies
  • private companies.

You could also progress on to postgraduate study.

Placement opportunities

You can choose to take an optional placement year in industry at the end of your second year of study. 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.

Our labs are kitted out with specialist equipment such as ion and gas chromatographs to help with water analysis.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Human Biology and Physics.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £300 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

International fees and scholarships

For information on international and EU fees and advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £300 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

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