School of Earth and Environment

Environment and Business BA

(Full time) 2017 start

Overview

Key facts

  • UCAS code: FN8C
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration/Mode: 3 years full time
  • Typical A level offer: ABB
    (specific subjects required)
  • UK/EU fees: See fees section below
  • International fees: £17,750 (per year)
  • Study abroad option: Yes
  • Work placement option: Yes
  • Course terms and conditions

Environment and Business BA combines the study of environmental and sustainability issues with sound business and management practice. It’s concerned with the pressures and opportunities facing business as a result of the contemporary environmental and corporate social responsibility agendas.

If you want to develop skills in the use of concepts, methods and tools that can be used to transform economic, environmental and social pressures into positive business opportunities, this course could be for you. Your background could be in business, geography or other social sciences.

You’ll have the opportunity to study modules in the Business School and the School of Law, and to undertake a major environmental enterprise project. Pathways allow you to develop specialist knowledge and skills, which can help you succeed in the employment market.

You'll be taught by leading specialists from across the breadth of our environment and business research disciplines.

Extending this degree

You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".

We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.

Enhancing your experience

We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.

School of Earth and Environment

If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you’ll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country.


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Course content

The programme is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest through our specialist pathways.

In your each year you can choose from four specialist pathways, where you can acquire skills in your chosen area and create a more specialised degree:

  • Governance and Regulation complements your degree course with an overview of laws and regulations and includes optional classes from the School of Law
  • Strategy and Management includes an overview of strategic decision-making, with optional classes from the Business School
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour develops an overview of organisations and their human capital, with optional classes from the Business School
  • Natural Science includes mathematical and physical modules and an overview of climate change, with optional classes from across the School of Earth and Environment

You’ll undertake a significant research project work in your final year, allowing you to investigate subjects of interest, with academic supervision.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Students WITHOUT A-Level Maths or equivalent or AS Level Maths with a grade of A-C are required to study Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists
  • Understanding Social Enterprises 10 credits
  • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
  • Skills for Environmental Social Science 10 credits
  • Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
  • Environmental Science for Environmental Management 20 credits
  • Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists (compulsory for students withough A-Level or AS-Level Maths A-C) credits

Optional modules

You can choose from optional modules from different Pathways. You will remain on the same Pathway throughout your studies. Optional modules are listed below. See the Programme Catalogue for Pathway details.
  • Introduction to the Law of Obligations 10 credits
  • Introduction to Company Law 10 credits
  • Innovation and Creativity in Business 10 credits
  • Leadership in Business 10 credits
  • Introduction to Management 10 credits
  • Introduction to Effective Decision Making 10 credits
  • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
  • Global Development Challenges 20 credits
  • Making of the Modern World 20 credits
  • Psychology in the Media 10 credits
  • Natural Hazards 10 credits
  • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
  • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
  • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Environmental Social Science 10 credits

Discovery modules

You may take up to 20 credits of Discovery Modules.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Finance for Small Business 10 credits
  • Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector 10 credits
  • Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
  • Research in the Environmental Social Sciences 30 credits
  • Economics and Sustainability 10 credits

Optional modules

You can choose from optional modules from the Pathway you chose in Year 1. Optional modules are listed below. See the Programme Catalogue for Pathway details.
  • International Law 20 credits
  • The LEEDS Award 20 credits
  • Event Management 10 credits
  • Anthropology for Business 10 credits
  • Principles of Marketing 10 credits
  • Principles of Corporate Strategy 10 credits
  • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
  • Managing International Business 20 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 10 credits
  • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
  • People, Sustainability, and the Environment 20 credits
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 10 credits
  • Environmental Policy and Governance 10 credits
  • Managing Biodiversity 10 credits
  • Transport, Energy and Environment 10 credits

Discovery modules

You may take up to 20 credits of Discovery modules.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Research Project 40 credits
  • Sustainable Consumption 10 credits
  • Business and Sustainable Development 10 credits

Optional modules

You can choose from optional modules from the Pathway you chose in Year 1. Optional modules are listed below. See the Programme Catalogue for Pathway details.
  • Tropical forests and sustainable development 20 credits
  • Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control 10 credits
  • Law and the Environment II: Development and Nature Conservation 10 credits
  • Social Enterprise Consultancy Project 10 credits
  • International Business Management 20 credits
  • Managing Across Cultures 20 credits
  • Management Decision Making 20 credits
  • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits
  • Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management 10 credits
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools 10 credits
  • Strategic Energy Issues 10 credits
  • Sustainability Economics in Practice 10 credits
  • Sustainable Futures 20 credits

Discovery modules

You may take up to 20 credits of Discovery modules.
For more information on typical modules, read Environment and Business BA in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Most modules combine lectures with practicals, workshops or seminars, depending on the subject. These are enhanced with skills classes, fieldtrips and small group academic tutorials. You can expect to study in a variety of settings, from large lecture theatres to computer clusters, seminar rooms, tutorials, laboratories, visualisation suites and out in the field. Our state-of-the-art building is in the centre of the campus and provides an ideal working environment, and offers quiet study and coffee areas when you are not in class.

Read more about learning and teaching methods.

We offer research-led teaching across the breadth of our environment and business disciplines, from specialists in their field. As Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University, you’ll be studying amongst staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide, and who will incorporate this expertise into their teaching.

Facilities

Our £23.5 million building opened in April 2010 and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. These include our groundbreaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, all brand-new microscopes and a 3-D suite. Read about facilities in the School of Earth and Environment.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, specifically designed to help students learn, whatever their preferred learning style. We use both coursework and exams, but with a general progression from an emphasis on exams in year 1 towards an emphasis on coursework in your final year.

Read more in learning and teaching methods.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including two preferably from: biology, business studies, English, ethics, geography, history, law, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology.

Offers exclude general studies.


Alternative qualifications

  • Access to HE Diploma: 60 credits overall with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Must be in relevant subjects.
  • BTEC: Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall, with 16 points at the Higher Level, which should include at least one science subject or mathematics and one other – see list for A-levels.
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): AAAABB (Higher Level) + Ordinary level Maths and English
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: Advanced Highers: AAB in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highers in place of a third Advanced Higher. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Access to Leeds Entry Requirements for this course: BBC

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. Although the basis of future fee increases is not guaranteed, we expect the government to allow fees to increase in line with inflation. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

While the School heavily subsidises or covers the cost of all compulsory taught fieldcourses, you may have to supplement these trips depending on the destination you choose. There will however always be a free option for you to select. You may incur some costs for some optional fieldtrip modules. Full details are available on request.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

Environment and Business graduates are well placed to appreciate the fundamental advantages of a sustainability-oriented approach to business, and to help businesses deliver long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges.

Career options for Environment and Business graduates include environmental consultancy and management, corporate social responsibility. Work opportunities occur in private companies, non-governmental organisations or the public sector.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.

Placement opportunities

Study abroad

You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don’t apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

To be eligible for Study Abroad you’ll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

You may also be interested in our integrated Masters, which includes a year studying in Australia. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.

Year in industry

You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year industrial degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.

You can choose this option in advance, by applying directly to Environment and Business (Industrial) BA. You can also start on this degree and register your interest in this exciting opportunity after you begin.

The School has strong connections with industry and will help you through the search, application and interview process. You may end up working in or near Leeds, near your home, or perhaps overseas. The School will provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and will support you during your placement, liaising with your employer to ensure that your work is of value to your academic development.

Students who choose the Year in Industry option frequently receive attractive offers of employment when they graduate. The employability benefits include opportunities to:

  • apply your academic learning in the workplace
  • gain valuable work experience, as part of your degree, that will enhance your CV and job opportunities
  • enhance your personal development and life skills
  • develop your transferable skills, providing important evidence for job application forms
  • return to your final year of studies with enthusiasm and a better appreciation of the opportunities available to you as a student at the University of Leeds.

Read more about Year in Industry on the Year in industry on the School website.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. Field classes give students an excellent opportunity to engage with current debates, investigate real world examples and interact with different interest groups in locations around Yorkshire and further afield.

In your first year, you will research a sustainability problem and apply your new research skills to a real world situation. Optional modules include one-day field classes where you will develop skills in data collection and analysis. Second-year fieldwork in research methods involves a residential field class in the Netherlands, where you can apply different research approaches and data collection methods to prepare you for your individual research project in your final year. Some optional modules include one-day field visits where you can gain insights from practitioners about particular environmental issues.

Because we recognise the value of field experience the school covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips. We also contribute to fieldwork costs arising from your final-year research project.

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