School of Earth and Environment

Sustainability and Environmental Management (International) MEnv, BSc

(Full time) 2019 start


Key facts

  • UCAS code: F750
  • Start date: September 2019
  • Duration/Mode: 4 years full time
  • Typical A level offer: A*AA
    (specific subjects required)
  • UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
  • International fees: To be confirmed
  • Study abroad option: Yes
  • Work placement option: No
  • Course terms and conditions

Sustainability and Environmental Management (Int) MEnv, BSc is a four-year Integrated Masters degree with a year spent at a partner university in Australia, Canada or the USA. It explores the environmental, economic and social implications of our decisions and attempts to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Drawing on environmental science and ecology, you will develop your knowledge and skills in the science underpinning environmental issues. At the same time, learning opportunities in politics, economics, policy and law will help you evaluate societies' role in, and interaction with, changes in the natural world.

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

A wide range of optional modules, such as environmental politics, climate change and sustainable consumption, reflects the breadth of expertise in the School. Pathways allow you to develop specialist knowledge and skills, which can help you succeed in the employment market.

Research-led teaching by experts

Teaching draws on the research expertise of academics in the School, in both environmental, natural and social science. Research takes place across the globe, from low-carbon cities in the UK, to resource governance in sub-Saharan Africa, to conservation in Patagonian rainforests. Read about research in the Sustainability Research Institute.

The year abroad

A year in one of our carefully selected partner universities, can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers.

Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year. Leeds was the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions.

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.


This degree is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). This means that during your degree, you will enjoy all the opportunities of a student membership and upon graduation, On successful completion of this degree you automatically qualify for Graduate Membership of IEMA. This means once you graduate you are eligible for the first professional level: Graduate Member using the letters GradIEMA next to your name.

Accreditation by the industry body enhances your CV and can help you stand out from the crowd. We’re the only Russell Group University to offer an IEMA-accredited undergraduate degree.



Course terms and conditions

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.

Your first year provides you with the core skills and knowledge in your field. From year 2, you will have the opportunity to take modules in a chosen specialist pathway. Each of the pathways focuses on a particular aspect of your overall degree, providing specialist training for employment in that sector:

Business and Sustainability examines the interactions between these two spheres and equips you for a career in corporate social and environmental responsibility.

Energy and the Build Environment focuses on transport and energy and develops skills for a career in policy and planning.

Natural Resources and Biodiversity takes an interdisciplinary approach to biodiversity and natural resources management, preparing you for a career in environmental consultancy.

Earth Systems gives you in-depth knowledge of climate change, pollution and regulation, mixing social and natural science.

You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of partner universities. The marks you receive are translated to Leeds equivalents and count towards your final degree classification.

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

  • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
  • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
  • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
  • Skills for Environmental Social Science 10 credits
  • Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
  • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits
  • Environmental Science for Environmental Management 20 credits
  • Challenges in Transport and Mobility 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Mathematics for Environmental Social Science 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector 10 credits
  • People, Sustainability, and the Environment 20 credits
  • Research in the Environmental Social Sciences 30 credits
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 10 credits
  • Environmental Policy and Governance 10 credits

Optional modules

  • Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change 20 credits
  • Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits
  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts 10 credits
  • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
  • Water Quality 10 credits
  • Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
  • Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy 10 credits
  • Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy 10 credits
  • Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales 10 credits
  • Economics and Sustainability 10 credits
  • GIS for Geoscientists 10 credits
  • Managing Biodiversity 10 credits
  • Transport Land Use and Development 10 credits
  • Transport, Energy and Environment 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Study Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Research Project 45 credits
  • Sustainable Consumption 15 credits
  • Sustainable Futures 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Hydrological Processes and Analysis 15 credits
  • Business, Environment and Sustainability 15 credits
  • Introduction to Ecological Economics 15 credits
  • Environmental Economics and Policy 15 credits
  • Delivering Sustainability Through Projects 15 credits
  • Environmental Policy and Governance 15 credits
  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development 15 credits
  • Environment & Development International Field Course 30 credits
  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis 15 credits
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation 15 credits
  • Climate Change Mitigation 15 credits
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics 15 credits
  • Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System 15 credits
  • Green Logistics 15 credits
  • Analysing Transport and Society 15 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Sustainability and Environmental Management (International) MEnv, BSc in the course 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 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.


Our school boasts excellent facilities for both teaching and research; read more about our laboratories, microscopes and more.


You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, specifically designed to help students learn, whatever their abilities. 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: A*AA , including two from, biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental studies, geography, geology, history, law, mathematics, physics, politics, sociology.

Other subjects may be considered. Offers exclude general studies.

GCSE:English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or an equivalent English language or Mathematics qualification.

If you fail to achieve the higher grades required for this four-year programme, we guarantee you a place on the BSc programme (provided you achieve the grades required for the BSc). A successful performance during years 1 and 2 will support an application to transfer back to this Integrated Masters programme.

Alternative qualifications

  • BTEC: D*D*D in Extended Diploma/3 Subsidiary Diplomas in two relevant subjects. We will accept a combination of BTECs and A-Levels. Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall, with 19 points at higher level to include 6 points in two relevant subjects.
  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): A1A1AAAA/H1H1H2H2H2H2 in two relevant subjects.
  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers: AAABB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AAAAAA. To include 2 relevant subjects.

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: AAB


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.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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 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 2019


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

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

The School of Earth and Environment offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

Scholarships for 2019 entry are to be confirmed.

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

Governments, businesses, NGOs and researchers now hold sustainability at the core of their thinking about the environment and our place in it. The environment is important to everyone, but it is under increasing pressure from our demands on natural resources and the waste generated by our lifestyles. This means there’s a demand for literate and numerate graduates with good analytical skills and a thorough understanding of the environmental, economic and social implications of the decisions that we make and the strategies that we use to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems. The MEnv also provides excellent preparation for further study.

We prepare our graduates for a range of careers. They work in a range of organisations - in small organisations and large companies or public sector organisations, such as the Environment Agency - and in a broad range of non-environmental and environmental roles, including environmental sustainability roles and environmental consultancy.

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

Your year abroad

The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds was the first Department in the UK to offer integrated degrees with a year in North America and we extended the scope of this highly successful programme by offering additional partner institutions in Australia and Canada. Spending a year in one of our carefully selected partner universities is not only an adventure, it is a chance to add real value to your degree by experiencing environmental challenges that simply don’t exist within the UK.

The current exchange University for Sustainability and Environmental Management (International) MEnv, BSc is:


United States


We are currently negotiating additional destinations in Asia (English speaking programmes) for this exchange programme.


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. We offer opportunities for fieldwork during all years of study, both in the UK and abroad. For example, our Year 2 students travel to Amsterdam to study topics such as water management, sustainable transport and sustainable energy. Field classes are closely integrated with lectures and module coursework in order to offer an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience and develop practical research skills. A project in your final year offers you the chance to undertake research in a topic of your choice with the benefit of expert academic guidance.

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.

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