School of Earth and Environment

Environmental Science BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Overview

Key facts

  • UCAS code: F851
  • 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: £19,750 (per year)
  • Study abroad option: Yes
  • Work placement option: Yes
  • Course terms and conditions

Environmental Science BSc offers a thorough understanding of the Earth's physical and chemical processes, and the interaction between the many aspects of our environment. You can also tailor the degree to your interests.

Our wide range of expertise allows us to offer interdisciplinary insights into real-world environmental problems. You’ll have contact with practising experts – staff and visiting speakers.

You’ll encounter the issues confronting environmental managers or aid workers. You’ll learn the skills you need to understand scientific issues and apply scientific techniques to environmental problems.

You’ll be trained in data collection and analysis and will refine your research skills in a major project. You’ll also have hands-on field training.

Our graduates are well placed to enter employment or postgraduate education, with deep knowledge and valuable transferable and environmental skills.

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 Environmental Science (International) MGeol, BSc.

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.


Alumni profile

The solid, broad-based environmental knowledge and professional skills I developed help me work confidently alongside environmental regulators, academics and industry.James Bone, BSc Environmental ScienceRead more

Rankings

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.

Five specialist pathways run throughout the programme and you’ll be introduced to all of them in your first year, choosing those that interest you most in subsequent years:

The Earth pathway explores the Earth’s lithosphere, geological and sedimentary processes, and interactions with the climate system and natural resources

The Atmosphere pathway focuses on meteorology, climate and air pollution

The Water pathway studies global- and regional-scale processes in oceans, rivers and ice sheets

The Bio (Biogeoscience and Ecology) pathway covers both global and local ecosystems and their interactions

The Environmental Management pathway examines human influences on the environment and related issues such as energy and food security

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

  • Natural Hazards 10 credits
  • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
  • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
  • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
  • Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting 10 credits
  • Water in the Environment 10 credits
  • Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science Tutorials 10 credits
  • Introductory Earth Sciences 10 credits

Optional modules

The optional modules you can choose from depends on the A levels you've studied. See the Programme Catalogue for further details.
  • Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits
  • Physics for Environmental Science 10 credits
  • Ice Age Environments and the Quaternary Evolution of the British Isles 10 credits
  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
  • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits
  • Mathematics for Earth, Environmental and Geographical Scientists 10 credits

Discovery modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts 10 credits
  • Environmental Research and Career Skills 30 credits

Optional modules

The optional modules you can choose from depends on the 'Pathway' you take. See Programme Catalogue for more details.
  • Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists 10 credits
  • Chemistry of the Earth 10 credits
  • Meteorology 10 credits
  • Introductory Oceanography 10 credits
  • Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution 10 credits
  • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
  • Water Quality 10 credits
  • Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy 10 credits
  • Advanced Mathematics for Scientists 10 credits
  • Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy 10 credits
  • Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales 10 credits
  • GIS for Geoscientists 10 credits
  • Managing Biodiversity 10 credits

Discovery modules

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits of relevant Discovery modules.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Research Project 40 credits
  • Frontiers in Environmental Research 10 credits

Optional modules

The optional modules you can choose from depends on the 'Pathway' you take. See Programme Catalogue for more details.
  • Conservation Biology 10 credits
  • Management of Wilderness Environments 10 credits
  • Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles 10 credits
  • Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management 10 credits
  • Engineering Geology 10 credits
  • Earth Observations from Space 10 credits
  • Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology 10 credits
  • Catchment Processes and Management 20 credits
  • Atmospheric Science Field Skills 10 credits
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes 10 credits
  • Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation 10 credits
  • Ice in the Earth System 10 credits
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools 10 credits
  • Oceanography in the Earth System 10 credits
  • Strategic Energy Issues 10 credits
  • Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology 10 credits
  • Practical Weather Forecasting 10 credits
  • Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 10 credits
  • Sustainable Development in Practice 10 credits

Discovery modules

For more information on typical modules, read Environmental Science BSc 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.


Alumni profile

The interdisciplinary nature of the course offered me a better chance to study both scientific and social science modules than courses elsewhere.Read moreJames Bone, BSc Environmental Science

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including two from biology, chemistry, geology, geography, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, one of which must be in mathematics or a science subject.

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, M2, 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): AAABBB + Ordinary Level Maths and English
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: Advanced Highers: ABB in subjects as for A-levels. Highers: We will accept two Highers in place of a third Advanced Higher.

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: £19,750 (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

Studying Environmental Science at Leeds opens the door to a wide range of careers. The solid science basis of the programme and the fieldwork associated with it add value to your degree in areas including environmental monitoring, consultancy, land remediation and environmental protection. The transferable skills you gain will also help you to succeed in the wider graduate employment market.

Your employment prospects can be further enhanced by an MSc degree, and we offer a number of vocational Earth and Environment Masters degrees in Leeds, with industry-sponsored scholarships and other funds available, as well as funding only available to Leeds graduates.

Read more about our Alumni Success Stories.

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.


Alumni profile

Many jobs in environmental science involve fieldwork or interesting site visits, an aspect that particularly appealed to me.Read moreJames Bone, BSc Environmental Science

Alumni profile

Environmental awareness had been always been instilled in me. A career in environmental science is a job with tangible benefits.Read moreLiz Metcalfe, BSc Environmental Science

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, Canada or the USA. Read Environmental Science (International) MGeol, BSc.

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 Environmental Science (Industrial) BSc. 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. The Environmental Science programme at Leeds includes a variety of field course destinations in the UK during Years 1 and 2 that are an important part of the programme and are very closely integrated with lectures and module coursework. Optional field trips and a research project in Year 3 offer you the chance to undertake specialist field research in a topic area of your choice.

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.


Alumni profile

On our field trip to the Lake District I was able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice, investigating acid mine drainage, which later inspired my MSc course and PhD.Read moreJames Bone, BSc Environmental Science

Alumni profile

My dissertation fieldwork in the Kalahari region of Botswana and Namibia, looking at soil crusts as indicators of land degradation, was a life-changing experience for me.Read moreLiz Metcalfe, BSc Environmental Science
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