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BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

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  • UCAS Code:
    D449
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

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 arise 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 practioners 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

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 plantlife.

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.

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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with two 5-week placements or 4 years with one 5-week placement and a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

The Institution of Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC 112 tariff points (Grade DMM). For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed 

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.29mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career, therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We have many links to outside agencies and organisations to best support you along your professional development. Our dedicated team of placement officers are there to guide and support you through the placement process and experience. You could even choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Through the Student Environment Research Team (SERT), you can also gain experience and practical skills as a volunteer, through a wide range of short projects relevant to your professional practice.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • Have a strong desire to learn more about the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science
  • Are keen to learn through private study and field-based practical skills
  • Want to engage with the environmental problems of our times
  • Can demonstrate their interest and ability by having suitable scientific qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Your degree will be centred around developing the scientific skills you need to work in professional practice, as well as equipping you with a variety of transferable skills that will give you a range of career options. Our staff have a wealth of research, educational and consultancy experience and will ensure you are ready for the world of work once you graduate.

Within six months of completing their course, 90% of our students are employed in a professional or managerial position.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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What our students say

Rob Sellen

I enjoyed my dissertation about land contamination surrounding a petrochemical facility with research activities in the field, the laboratory and in the library.

Hear from our alumni

Alex Whiscombe

I studied the native fruit feeding nymphalid butterflies by setting up traps in the forest canopy and undertaking daily monitoring and taking morphological measurements.