Environmental Science

Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science is a dynamic and increasingly important area of study.  Issues such as climate change, sustainable resource use and decreasing biodiversity are just some of the complex environmental issues requiring scientific, policy and management solutions. This course focusses on the principles and practical applications of Environmental Science and seeks to equip students with the skills necessary to realise their academic potential while preparing them for environment-related employment and /or postgraduate study. The course places a strong emphasis on field and laboratory-based study and “real world” application of subject-specific knowledge and wherever possible seeks to rely on research-informed and practitioner led delivery. The course is unique in that it offers students the opportunity (through optional modules) to study themes in archaeology and forensic science alongside core elements in environmental science. Employability is a key focus and is reflected in the placement module in second year and an option to undertake a sandwich year in industry (full-time mode).

Course Highlights

  • IEMA and IES accredited programme (awaiting accreditation confirmation)
  • Opportunity to study Archaeology and/or Forensic Science strands alongside core Environmental Science modules
  • Emphasis on gaining practical experience through laboratory and fieldwork sessions, work placement and volunteering opportunities.
  • International residential fieldwork

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years Sandwich: 4 years Part-time: 6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2019

  • Fees 2018/19

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

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be required to have, one of:

BCC at A2 (including a science based subject), BTEC extended DMM, BTEC DD, Pass Access Course with 112 UCAS points, IB- Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points including HL Science subjects

In addition applicants will be required to have five GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or equivalent including Maths and English.

Applicants will be required to have a minimum level of proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS grade 6 with no sub score lower than 5.5

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome. If candidates have not studied recently they may be required to undertake an Access Programme.  APL/APEL will be assessed through standard University procedures.

FOUNDATION Year Entry (on campus)

Entry to this Programme requires, DDD at A2 (including a science based subject), BTEC extended MMP BTEC DM, Pass Access Course with 72 UCAS points, IB- Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points including HL Chemistry or Biology

In addition applicants will be required to have Maths and English GCSE at Grade C/4 or equivalent.

International Applicants will be required to have a minimum level of proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS grade 6 with no sub score lower than 5.5.

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • Introduction to Environmental Management and Assessment
  • Measuring the Environment
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Ecology

Plus one from the following:

  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology
  • Archaeology of Britain
  • Environment and Sustainability

Year 2

  • Environmental Pollution and Control
  • Placement / Project Module
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Research Theory and Practice


Plus at least one from the following:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Change


Plus (if required) one from the following:

  • Environmental Forensics
  • The Science and Management of Death
  • Themes in British Archaeology 1

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Fieldwork
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Plus at least one from the following:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Carbon and Energy Management


Plus (if required) one from the following:

  • Forensic Taphonomic Traces
  • Themes in British Archaeology 2
  • Nature, Science and Society
  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied River Management

Clearing 2018

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

A wide range of assessment styles are used to evaluate student performance, identify strengths and weaknesses and support learning, these include: exams, written assignments, laboratory and field reports, academic posters, oral presentations and interview.

The staff involved in delivery of the Environmental Science programme are from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and include geographers, ecologists, biologists, environmental scientists, archaeologists and forensic scientists. The majority of staff are research active and all staff are actively encouraged to integrate their research into module delivery. For individual research interests and latest projects / publications please view the staff profiles below.

The course has close links with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and the University hosts the annual Wildlife Trust Volunteer Conference which students are able to attend. Students are also actively encouraged to undertake volunteering with the Wildlife Trust and other local organisations which provides invaluable experience when seeking employment. IEMA and IES accreditation also provides students with the opportunity to attend workshops and CPD events.



We have applied to both the Institution of Environmental Science (IES) and The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment  (IEMA) to have this programme accredited.

If these accreditation processes are successful, students enrolled on the programme will be automatically eligible for student membership of IES and IEMA.  The benefits of these memberships include access to study resources, a placement directory, employer networks, free or reduced entry to events and electronic copies of the latest editions of the IES journal. Graduates from the programme will be automatically eligible for Associate membership of IES at half price for the first year and the opportunity to become graduate members of IEMA (GradIEMA), demonstrating a professional commitment to potential employers.


The course has a practical/employability emphasis with a focus on research-informed teaching and practitioner-led sessions. Examples of site visits have included Heysham Nuclear Power Station, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, Lancashire County Scientific Services and BAE systems. Guest speakers have included staff from Energy and Environmental Consultancies, Forest Research, Environment Agency, RSPB and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.


In year 2 students are required to undertake a placement (usually 4 weeks) in either an industry or research setting (based on academic interests and career aspirations). Students also have the opportunity of studying abroad for a semester as part of an Erasmus exchange or Study abroad programme (usually taking place in semester 2 of the second year) or undertaking a sandwich year in industry (usually between second and final years). Fieldtrips are a key element of the programme with a UK-based residential fieldtrip at the end of first year and the opportunity to attend an international field trip at the end of the second year (previous locations have included: Guyana, China, Poland and Kenya).

Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary subject and as a result career options are incredibly varied in both the environmental sector and in a range of other occupations. During the degree programme you will gain essential subject specific knowledge, practical experience and transferable skills. Examples of directly related career options include: Environmental consultant, Environmental manager, Recycling officer, Water quality scientist, Environment Agency officer, Nature Reserve manager, Sustainability consultant, Environmental education officer. Your degree may also act as a gateway to a career in related areas such as: Landscape Architecture, Toxicology, Town planning, Environmental Health and Education.

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Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.