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Environmental Management BSc (Hons)

As well as gaining an understanding of scientific principles you will be able to develop practical skills in laboratory work, modern information technologies, geographical information science and fieldwork. An appreciation of the basis for, and changing nature of, environmental regulation and other forms of intervention will help you to understand how government institutions have attempted to provide safeguards, and how such measures have a bearing on commercial and domestic life. Your degree will allow further study of specialisms such as ecology, hydrology, geology and soil science, and you can explore conservation in a variety of contexts. 

Why study this course?

As well as gaining an understanding of scientific principles you will be able to develop practical skills in laboratory work, modern information technologies, geographical information science and fieldwork. An appreciation of the basis for, and changing nature of, environmental regulation and other forms of intervention will help you to understand how government institutions have attempted to provide safeguards, and how such measures have a bearing on commercial and domestic life. Your degree will allow further study of specialisms such as ecology, hydrology, geology and soil science, and you can explore conservation in a variety of contexts.

You will develop valuable interdisciplinary skills – analytical, numeracy, special data handling, GIS, ability to communicate complex information succinctly, interpretation, field and lab skills. Strong field work ethos for each module which could see you study abroad in the USA, Canada, China, Poland and Spain looking at issues such as conservation, wildlife, development, resources, culture and natural environment.

Students overlooking green lake

Students in the fells note taking


Environmental management is, at best, a loosely defined approach to the wide range of issues that concern the relationship between the natural environment and people.

From a ‘human’ or managerial perspective, these include environmental justice, sustainable development and the ‘greening’ of industry. Issues addressed include climate change, nuclear waste, environmental education, transport policy, hazard management and mitigation, flood prevention and habitat protection.

You will explore the intellectual basis for sustainability, and the range of arguments that must be addressed if it is to be linked to the idea of development. You need to know how governments and their institutions have attempted to provide environmental safeguards, and the limitations of such interventions. These include voluntary measures and the use of market instruments. You will be introduced to the scientific principles that inform intervention, and have the opportunity to take your natural science studies further.

Your degree will allow further study of specialisms such as ecology, hydrology, geology and soil science, and you can explore conservation in a variety of contexts.

As well as gaining an understanding of scientific principles you will be able to develop practical skills in laboratory work, modern information technologies, geographical information science and fieldwork.

If there is one defining characteristic of environmental management within the School of  Forensic and Applied Sciences at UCLan, it is that it has an applied focus and is relevant to the ‘real world’. Fieldwork and use of case studies emphasise this.

Student next to river
 

Students walking in Guyana

 

Student observing a deer

Students making notes


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Usually five years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    F851

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent  

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Ecology
  • Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Academic Principles
  • Field Investigations

Elective Module:

  • Issues in Sustainability

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Environmental Change
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Plus two optional modules
  • Plus one elective module

Optional Modules:

  • Earth Surface Processes and Landform
  • Soils and the Environment
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Society and Space
  • Geology
  • Cities

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation (double module)
  • Fieldwork
  • Carbon Management

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Nature, Science and Society
  • Applied Ecology
  • River and Water Management
  • Soil Degradation and Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Historical and Cultural Geography

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Exciting Opportunities

All the University’s strategic objectives of Employability, Sustainability and Internationalisation have positive career implications. If you study our subjects you will acquire a range of transferable skills that will equip you for many types of employment, especially those that require you to adapt quickly to novel situations.

You will acquire a range of transferable skills equipping you for many types of employment in ecological, environmental and managerial related occupations such as conservation, conservation education, environmental consultancy, teaching and public services such as the fire service. Public sector environmental protection by local authorities, the Environment Agency and other bodies also provide opportunities for our graduates.

Graduates remain keen to work on practical aspects of environmental management and many achieve this after undertaking voluntary work. Others tap the growing commercial demand for applied expertise in environmental protection and related aspects of health and safety, or find work in waste management.

Public sector environmental protection by local authorities, the Environment Agency and other bodies also provide opportunities for our graduates. Many recent graduates have gone on to further postgraduate study. One of our graduates secured a position in the Environment Agency after working a summer with the agency on a student placement scheme. Other graduates teach, at least one is an accountant and another works in environmental law. Several graduates have taken postgraduate courses taken a variety of career posts within higher education.


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Senses Heightened on the South American Field Trip
When the opportunity arose for Krishen Chauhan to visit South America on an educational trip, he jumped at the chance.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student travelled to Guyana with eight of his second year geography/environmental management classmates to experience the exotic wildlife and to witness habitat conservation at first-hand.


Learning Environment

The Environmental Management programme is designed to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of important issues, as well as for the acquisition of knowledge. Lectures are the basis of the undergraduate programme. Group sizes ranging from around 50 for first year/second year if on Foundation entry modules, to about 20 on some specialist final year modules. Project work, field and presentation work is conducted within small groups. Group work enables students to develop their skills in presentation, to develop competence in analysis and interpretation, to acquire the ability to design and carry out investigative research, expertise in the synthesis ideas and information, report preparation, and organising skills. You will be assigned a personal tutor on arrival at the School. This tutor will remain with you throughout your degree and will provide academic support through scheduled and on demand meetings.

All modules have coursework components that include writing extended papers, or reports, group and individual presentations, data analysis and poster presentations. Environmental Management students are required to undertake a final year dissertation.

Students on a field trip

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.