BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

  • Studying Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Fieldwork


UCAS Code:F750
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Department of Geography
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s environmental systems;
  • Travel to a variety of fieldwork destinations in the UK and abroad;
  • Equip yourself with a wide range of fieldwork, laboratory and key skills that will enhance your employability.

Increasing concern about human impact on the environment offers exciting challenges to the environmental scientist. From issues of global concern such as climate change, to local problems such as water quality and contaminated land, the need for environmental scientists has never been greater. We will increasingly need more science-based approaches to understand the interactions and relationships between components of the Earth’s systems and the impact of human activity. This degree gives you a thorough grounding in emerging environmental problems and issues and trains you to investigate them and create solutions to protect and manage the environment. You will develop expertise in Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing using the latest industry standard technology.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 provides a foundation in environmental science, geological science and natural science as well as developing a range of subject specific skills including fieldwork and laboratory skills, and generic key skills. Residential fieldwork will also be part of your first year.

In Year 2 you will study modules focusing on components of environmental systems and environmental pollution as well as further developing your subject-specific research skills through fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Year 3 adds a more applied dimension to your knowledge and understanding of the environment. You will complete an independent research project (dissertation) and enhance your skills for monitoring and managing the environment, a vital component of the role of a practising environmental scientist.

How will I study?

Teaching is through laboratory and workshop practical activities, lectures, directed independent study, dissertation supervision, tutorials and fieldwork. We want to strengthen the employment potential of our graduates through the acquisition of a range of subject-specific, key and career management skills, as well as the development of knowledge and understanding in the environmental sciences.

Fieldwork is one of the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects of the degree. Current fieldwork locations include Cumbria and Mallorca, as well as local sites.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods allow you to display your knowledge and understanding and to develop and demonstrate your competence in subject-specific and key skills. Modules are assessed by either coursework only or a mixture of coursework and examination. Exams never count for more than 50% of the total mark for modules that include an examination. Coursework includes practical portfolios, essays, project reports, field notebooks, individual and group oral presentations and poster presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team who are all research active, which means that they keep up-to-date with the latest developments in their areas of interest and pass this knowledge on. We are a friendly, approachable department where you won’t get lost in a crowd and we respond to your needs.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Environmental ScienceThe Department of Geography’s modern and wide-ranging facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

The Geosciences building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, physical geography and environmental science laboratories, a geology laboratory, a geo-engineering laboratory, geo-information laboratories and a large social area.


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Year 1

GEO1047 Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits)

Practical Skills for Geography and Environmental Science is a skills-based module, using geographical knowledge to develop a range of subject-specific skills together with general use of ICT and communication skills. The module focuses on the handling, analysis and communication of spatial and graphical data. You will be introduced to the principles, uses and practical skills of Geographical Information Systems as part of the module.

GEO1048 Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research (20 credits)

Introduction to Geographical and Environmental Science Research provides an overview of the subject specific and generic skills in Geography and Environmental Science that you will require to study, research and succeed in your studies. This includes the development of research skills, cartographical skills, statistical analysis and fieldwork skills.

GEO1140 Science of the Physical Environment (20 credits)

Science of the Physical Environment provides an introduction to the nature, structure and composition of the physical environment and the processes and interactions that operate within and between the various components. An understanding of our physical environment is fundamental to environmental science.

GEO1141 Practising Environmental Science (20 credits)

Practising Environmental Science provides an introduction to practical skills in environmental science. The module covers a range of laboratory practical and fieldwork investigations focusing on the effective recording, analysis and interpretation of environmental data.

GEO1142 Ecological Principles for Environmental Science (20 credits)

Ecological Principles for Environmental Science provides an introduction to ecology for environmental scientists. The module focuses on how organisms interact with each other and their physical environment, and how changes to the environment may affect the nature of their interactions. You will consider the ecosystem concept, in addition to structure, function and dynamics, as well as nutrient cycling. Finally, the nature of changes in ecosystems through time and some effects of humans are examined.

GEO1240 Rocks, Minerals and Fossils (20 credits)

Rocks, Minerals and Fossils enables you to appreciate the origin, composition, dynamics and history of the Earth as a planet. The module will show plate tectonics as a unifying concept in the geological sciences, illustrating the composition and formation of major mineral and rock groups and equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to describe, identify and classify marine and terrestrial fossils.

Year 2

GEO2071 Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science (20 credits)

Research Methods for Physical Geography and Environmental Science uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop your knowledge and understanding of essential research methods in physical geographical and environmental science.

GEO2073 Environmental Research in Practice (20 credits)

Environmental Research in Practice uses investigative research processes to enhance and develop essential field research methods in physical geography and environmental science. You will learn how to design a research project proposal using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, carry out and report upon effective field investigations in an overseas setting, and identify the significance of the appropriate ethical, health and safety, and environmental issues in related fieldwork.

GEO2077 Weather, Climate and Soils (20 credits)

Weather, Climate and Soils provides you with a detailed understanding of the climate system and the soil system. The module covers a range of atmospheric processes through to the development of weather systems, with a specific focus on mid-latitude weather. The varying nature and properties of soils, and the soil processes which give rise to soil formation and development are then considered. You will receive practical training in the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data as well as being guided in the methods used in the field and laboratory analysis of soils.

GEO2079 Biogeography (20 credits)

Biogeography examines spatial and temporal patterns of living organisms over the Earth’s surface and highlights the fundamental processes and causal factors which determine these patterns, examining contributions to these processes by human and physical phenomena. Key themes such as the history and development of ecological communities through time, human impacts on the biosphere and biodiversity run through the whole module.

GEO2080 Digital Geographies (20 credits)

Digital Geographies develops your knowledge and skills in remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) which are widely used in a variety of fields including planning, health studies, environmental investigations and resource management. The module focuses on remote sensing analysis and interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery, which has transformed the manner in which geographers and geoscientists view the Earth. You will explore how remote sensing and GIS have greatly improved our understanding of atmospheric, oceanic and landform processes, helped to sustain environmental management and enabled a better understanding of the interaction of humans with the natural world. The module also extensively covers the use of Geographical Information Systems as one of the most important tool to process and analyse geographical data.

GEO2142 Environmental Pollution (20 credits)

Environmental Pollution focuses on the origins, pathways and consequences of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment as well as discussing the various approaches to pollution control and remediation. The module will provide you with a detailed understanding of the actual or possible effects that humans may have on environmental systems, over a variety of scales in time and space.

Year 3

GEO3073 Environmental Change (20 credits)

Environmental Change develops your knowledge and understanding of the nature of environmental change from the last glacial period to the recent past. You will examine the evidence for change, consider potential causes, and analyse the spatial and temporal responses.  The module explores the major changes of the Late Glacial, Holocene and recent periods and examines the relative contibutions of forcing factors, such as climatic variability and anthropogenic activity. In addition, the module critically considers the techniques and methodologies used in the reconstrcution of environmental change.

GEO3077 Wetlands (20 credits)

Wetlands explores the largest terrestrial carbon store; wetlands. The module studies the flora and fauna that have adapted to and formed these environments. You will examine the sensitivity of these environments to climate change and analyse the historic, current and future management strategies required to preserve these ecosystems.

GEO3079 Remote Sensing (20 credits)

Remote Sensing facilitates advanced learning in remote sensing, covering the theory behind the acquisition, interrogation and application of Earth observation imagery and the practice of image analysis. Module content will include remote sensing basics – the remote sensing process, the nature of imagery and image processing procedures, as well as the application of remote sensing to different environmental and social issues. These include deforestation, agricultural production and urban growth.

GEO3082 Dissertation in Environmental Science (40 credits)

Dissertation in Environmental Science enables you to develop and apply a range of research and transferable skills in the planning, execution and reporting of an individual research project on a relevant topic in environmental science of your choice. The module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to work independently and effectively, meeting deadlines and producing a professional product, in consultation with a supervisor.

GEO3140 Environmental Monitoring and Management (20 credits)

Environmental Monitoring and Management provides you with some of the important building blocks for understanding and evaluating current environmental issues and the range of monitoring and management techniques required to address them. The module focuses on the role that an ecological and chemical approach can play in understanding and monitoring pollution effects. It provides an overview of the biological and chemical effects of pollutants released into the environment and considers how they and other environmental issues may be managed.

SCI3325 Ecological Interactions (20 credits)

Ecological Interactions equips you with an advanced understanding of the interactions that underpin ecological relationships in populations, communities and ecosystems. You will gain an understanding of the variety of interactions amongst animal, plant and fungi species and the key theories underpinning them. A combination of lectures, case studies and practical work (in the field and laboratory) will demonstrate the importance of these mechanisms to ecosystem function and in applied contexts including conservation, agriculture and forestry. The module will highlight the importance of various interactions to wider society and to achieving sustainability.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points, normally to include Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or a related subject, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

An environmental science degree is recognised by employers for the extensive range of transferable skills that graduates have including IT and communication skills, project management, report writing, statistical analysis, group work and oral presentation skills. These skills are of great value to them and to you in your career.

You will be qualified to pursue a career in environmental management, environmental consultancy, policy and planning, environmental monitoring, extractive and waste industries, conservation, environmental education, postgraduate study, teaching (further training required) and research.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

10th May 2016 - Change of Modules

Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, all previous modules have been replaced with a suite of new modules. This new programme structure is being implemented from September 2016 entry.