Climate change, pollution impacts, conservation of biodiversity, environmental management, energy use, wastes management, sustainability, and protection of natural systems are amongst the planet’s most pressing issues.
Whilst we can’t guarantee that this course will enable you to solve all of them, we can promise that you will be taught by an enthusiastic, committed, and supportive team of professionals who will help you to understand these issues and develop the skills to do something about them.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points, with minimum 80 points from a science or geography-related subject preferred.
Year 1 (Level 4)
You take the core modules in Geography and Biology (marked *); you also take the Biodiversity and Conservation module (marked **). Although you can choose your remaining 20 credits from the full range of Level 4 modules available throughout the university, particularly relevant and recommended are those indicated below. Appropriate choice of modules in the first year can help you to develop a particular specialisation in the overall environmental science area.
Introduction to Biological Sciences (40)*;
Environment, People and Place (40)*;
Biodiversity and Conservation (20)**;
Global Food Issues (20);
Global Development (20);
Investigating Earth Environments (20).
Year 2 (Level 5)
In addition to the compulsory modules below (marked *), you choose a further three 20-credit modules from those within the Environmental Science programme (listed below), which allows you to continue to develop specialisation, or keep your programme more general.
Environmental Science (40)*;
Research Skills (20)*;
Biodiversity Tools and Techniques (20);
Applied Microbiology (20);
Epidemiology and Public Health (20);
Work Placement (20);
River and Coastal Systems (20);
Environmental Hazards (20);
Climate Change and Sustainability (20);
Geographical Fieldwork (20);
Science Publishing (20).
Year 3 (Level 6)
In addition to the compulsory 40-credit dissertation, you must take four of the 20-credit modules from the following selection. The choice of optional modules available permits a high degree of specialisation within the subject. Modules indicated by # represent an either/or choice, you cannot take both of them.
Animal Behaviour (20);
Marine Biology (20);
Environmental Consultancy (20);
Nature Conservation in Context (20);
Plants and People (20);
Digital Imaging (20);
Coastal and River Management (20);
Development and Disasters (20);
Advanced Geographical Fieldwork (20);
Science Publishing Project (20);
Enterprise: Creating Your Own Business (20)#;
Successful Freelancing (20)#;
Managing Sustainability (20).
The knowledge and skills that you develop during the course are valued by employers and our graduates have gained employment in a wide variety of organisations. Examples include: environmental consultancies, water companies, public sector bodies (for example the Environment Agency), and not-for-profit organisations (such as the Soil Association). Many graduates have gone on to postgraduate programmes at Bath Spa and elsewhere, leading to a teaching qualification (PGCE), MSc or PhD.
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