Climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, environmental mismanagement, energy use, wastes management, sustainability, and protection of natural systems are among the planet’s most pressing problems. We’ll help you understand these issues and develop the skills to do something about them. Expect to ‘get your hands dirty’! We get you out of the classroom and into the environment as much as possible, so that you’ll develop the sort of practical skills that employers look for.
This course will give you knowledge of Environmental Science from biological and geographical perspectives. You can design a programme of study to suit your interests and career aspirations.
You have the option to specialise in such areas as: aquatic environments; environmental protection and conservation; science communication; science communication; and earth systems. Optional topics include: marine biology; climatology; sustainable development; river and coastal management; environmental hazards; environmental consultancy; and biodiversity assessment.
You can pick which of these topics you’ll study, alongside core topics such as ecology, environmental management, and sustainability.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points, with minimum 80 points from a science or geography-related subject preferred.
Environmental science is a wide-ranging subject; at Bath Spa it is studied from two related perspectives: biological and geographical. You’ll cover both these aspects in Year 1, along with biodiversity and conservation. You also select another module to suit your particular interests, such as global food issues, global development, or earth environments.
You’ll study critical aspects of environmental science in more depth – in particular ecology and environmental management/sustainability. There is also a wide range of further topics to choose from, either building your course around your particular career aspirations, or keeping your options open with a more general approach. Topics include applied microbiology; biodiversity; river and coastal systems; environmental hazards; climate change and sustainability; and science communication. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to do practical work in the field and laboratory. And you also have the opportunity to further enhance your employability skills with a work placement.
Now you’ll choose a subject to research in depth through your dissertation, and select optional modules from topics as wide-ranging as animal behaviour, nature conservation, climatology, marine biology, plants and people, digital imaging, development and disasters, and coastal and river management. You’ll also continue to have plenty of opportunity to develop your practical skills with project work on campus and residential fieldtrips in the UK and abroad. And you can also bring in modules from other areas if you want to develop interests in managing sustainability, science publishing, preparing to be a freelancer or starting your own business.
Students have gone into roles including: Assistant Ecological Consultant; Land Management and Conservation Adviser; Policy Adviser at Defra; and Waste Awareness Officer. Example employers include:
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Ecosulis ecological consultancy
The Environment Agency
Ministry of Defence
Office for National Statistics
Natural Environment Research Council [NERC]
Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes, leading to a teaching qualification (PGCE), MSc or PhD.
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