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BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (with Foundation Year option)

This 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 how humanity can tackle the issues arising from this.

  • UCAS Code:
    D449
  • Institution:
    B50

With foundation year: D448

Why study BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at BU?

  • Gain practical experience gained through fieldwork, lab work, computing, data analysis, report writing, and work placements 
  • Fieldwork is carried out in a variety of stimulating environments, including the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast, East Devon World Heritage Coast, and the New Forest  
  • Opportunities for you to learn through fieldwork by joining staff-led research projects overseas 
  • Our students work in partnership with our staff to co-create featured projects, collaborating with professional practitioners 
  • Gain valuable work experience on an optional placement in a real-world working environment, with a range of local, national and international companies and institutions. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

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.   

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. 

Course accreditation

Accreditation by the Institute of Environmental Sciences provides an indicator of quality and indicates that an education institute is planning the career paths of its students. You’ll also be able to apply for free student membership of the institution. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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.

Accreditations:

The Institution of Environmental Sciences

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

This course integrates a variety of teaching methods including lectures, laboratory-based practicals, field exercises, group activities and research project meetings for both theoretical and reflective-based learning.

You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. See ‘Scheduled learning and teaching activities’ in this section for more information about contact hours and teaching throughout the course.

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.

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.

You'll be career ready with 95% of our geography, earth and environmental studies graduates in employment after 15 months. 

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.

Course changes

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.

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