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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Environmental Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F751

What you'll study

Environmental science is a developing field with new opportunities emerging all the time. Hull’s growth as a hub in this sphere means there are few places better to study the subject.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

    This module is all about how to be a Geographer, a Geologist, or an Environmental Scientist. You’ll find out about many different ways of studying the world around us by exploring a specific field trip location (in 2018 we’ll be going to Shropshire).

  • Diversity of Life

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

    As well as providing an introduction to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment, this module introduces key practical skills needed in Environmental Science.

  • Practical Ecology

    A week long residential field course examining the ecology of specific habitat types found in the vicinity e.g. sandy and rocky shores, shallow water marine environments, woodlands, grasslands and the principles of ecological sampling. You'll implement a range of field-based sampling methods to collect data from a range of habitats and learn the principles of scientific project design.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Global Challenges: Hazardous Worlds

  • Science Communication

    Communicating science effectively is a skill you will need within your degree and beyond. This module allows you to learn theory and practise of communicating a topic related to your degree, in a range of ways (video, writing, infographics) and for a range of audiences.

  • Dive Training

Much of your study will be field and research based. You will also have regular lectures, tutorials and seminars. A range of online resources are available to support and supplement your studies.

The first two years of study will include modules that develop core knowledge on understanding environmental processes, systems and human impacts on the environment.  Modules focussed on key scientific skills such as experimental design, data management and analysis will also be core across the first two years. There will be a range of optional modules available so you can choose to specialise in more chemical and physical aspects of the environment, or modules with more of an ecological focus.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Environmental Resource Management

  • Frontiers in Environmental Science

  • Ecological Monitoring

  • Living in the Anthropocene

    Many observers now consider the impact of humankind on the earth system so great that a new epoch of geological time is required to accurately describe these changes to our planet. The term ‘Anthropocene’ raises profound questions about the scale of these impacts, their permanence and the prospects for sustainable global environmental stewardship, which are explored in this module.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Catchment to Coast

    Look at earth surface processes from the source in upland area to the sink in coastal environments. Through lectures, fieldwork and laboratory experiments, you will lean about how sediments are eroded, transported and deposited through a catchment.

  • GIS

  • Environmental Change

    Investigate how the environment, especially climate, has and will change in the past, present and future. This module uses a combination of lectures and practical activities to introduce you to key concepts in environmental change and develop key skills such as laboratory methods.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Environmental Pollution

  • Environmental Science Dissertation

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Rivers and their Management

    Discover exciting and innovative ways of thinking and practising river management for both flooding and geomorphic impact - including the latest practices of natural flood management (NFM). This module will introduce you to key approaches to river management through a combination of lectures, student-led presentations and a final report.

  • Adapting to Climate Change

    Investigate climate change, the impacts of climate change hazards on humans, human adaptations to climate change and future climate change scenarios. This module uses a combination of lectures, PC practicals and seminars.

  • Field Studies

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

    Develop an understanding of the status and importance of freshwater fisheries worldwide. You will learn how humans impact on freshwater fisheries, rehabilitation processes, conservation methods and legislative instruments all used to protect and develop fisheries.

  • Teaching Your Subject

  • Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends in many environmental factors is difficult, but we do know that many aspects of the natural world are being significantly affected by human activity. In this module, you will explore how the natural world is responding and will respond to future changes, and how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

  • Practical Conservation

    Work in partnership with local environmentally orientated organisations to help further their objectives. You'll learn about the day-to-day practicalities of species/habitat management, population surveys, public engagement and promoting sustainable use of environmental resources.

Your final year will largely be devoted to a research project in a subject area of your choice and specialist modules for learning the environmental skills required in the sector. There’s also a core Environmental Impact Assessment module and an optional Field Studies module, in which you can apply your skills in a choice of possible settings and destinations.

“By studying Environmental Science, I feel like I can see the world in a different way.”

Nadira Hendarta Watch video

More about this course

The need for scientists who understand the forces shaping our planet has never been greater. This degree will give you a thorough grasp of the complex nature of our impact on the planet. It'll also give you a range of practical, field and analytical skills to help you solve real environmental problems.

  • A top three UK university for research impact in geography and environmental studies (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 85% of our biological and environmental science research is designated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Opportunities for residential field courses in the UK and abroad, as well as day-to-day field work throughout the course.

The sort of field and lab skills you'll learn are ideal preparation for a career as a scientific officer with organisations such as the Environment Agency or in local councils.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

20%

7%

73%

Second year

17%

18%

65%

Final year

8%

13%

79%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

What do Microplastics mean for our oceans?

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Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

What we can do to make our cities greener?

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Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. 

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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

The practical and multidisciplinary skills you learn are much sought after in governmental and non-governmental organisations. The field and laboratory skills are ideal preparation for a scientific officer career with organisations such as the Environment Agency or in local councils.  A large number of Hull Environmental Science graduates have pursued careers in environmental consultancy where the core skills in environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessment are particularly relevant.

Students who are more conservation and education focused might pursue a career with a wildlife trust or conservation organisation. Some of our research-focused students continue their studies by taking a taught Masters degree or by progressing onto research degrees. There are opportunities for further study within the University of Hull.