This BSc degree, accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences, integrates the natural sciences and examines how a wide range of factors can affect the environment.
You’ll discover that practical experience forms a major part of this course, gained through fieldwork, lab work, computing, data analysis, report writing, and work placements. If you decide to complete a three-year degree, you’ll do two five-week periods in industry, whereas those joining the four-year course can experience at least 30-weeks in a real-world working environment, with a range of local, national and international companies and institutions.
The degree has been developed to give you a solid overview in the discipline of environmental science, as well as looking at how humans shape the world around us and humanity can tackle the issues arising from this. In addition to covering specialist theory, the degree’s highly practical element seeks to equip you with a host of transferable skills essential for finding employment after you graduate, or alternatively, for progressing on to Masters courses and completing further research.
Our students in the Life and Environmental Sciences work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practitioners and also assisting with individual placement opportunities. Take a look at our Co-creating Science web page to find out about the exciting projects our students get involved in, including Renewable Technologies in Bournemouth, Plankton Diversity in Southampton Water, Project Species Reports to name just a few. You can even have a look at students class projects and even dissertations. You can also see Brian Heppenstall's story ; Brian studied units aligned to this course and he is now responsible for the protection and promotion of Hengistbury Head – a site of international archaeological importance.
Fieldwork and site visits form an essential part of all our courses. We make use of our unrivalled local environment, which includes the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast, East Devon World Heritage Coast, the Dorset area of outstanding natural beauty and the New Forest.
There are also opportunities for you to learn through fieldwork by joining staff-led research projects overseas. Projects in 2017 included a team of students working in the conservation of Madagascar’s wealth of wildlife and plant life.
All fieldwork that is part of a credit-rated unit, with the exception of research projects, is included in your course fees. Overseas fieldwork is not included in your fees, but you can apply for travel bursaries each year to support you to gain such valuable experience. Fieldwork provides an opportunity for you to consolidate your learning through practical application.
Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills required for environmental science, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.
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For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in March 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
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Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years full-time with two 5-week placements, or 4 years full-time with one 5-week placement and a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 5-week placement or 5 years with a 30-week minimum placement.
The Institution of Environmental Sciences
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