Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: F750
    BSc with Foundation:
    F751

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

Overview


Environmental Science is a broad field that encompasses aspects of ecology and physical science to evaluate environmental issues and propose appropriate solutions. If you have an interest in the environment and in applying scientific principles to help solve environmental problems this course is for you.

This flexible, interdisciplinary BSc (Hons) course allows you to follow a programme with modules drawn from across the subject of environmental science. You are then able to specialise in particular areas of interest in the second and third year or continue to study a more varied programme.

Updated 08/06/2022

Highlights


  • This course is accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • The University of Northampton is proud to work in partnership with RECOUP
  • Opportunities for visits, fieldwork and overseas travel
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • You can now join the conversation online with our UON Environmental Science team on Instagram: @northamptonenvgeo

Course Content


  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

    SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG13: Climate ActionSDG11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG15: Life on Land

    This interdisciplinary Environmental Science BSc (Hons) degree provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of environmental science and to recognise its relevance to society at national and global levels. You will learn how environmental science can be used to help understand both natural and human-caused environmental change and the role that individuals, organisations, and governments play in addressing such issues.

    Partnerships and Accreditation

    This programme is accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences.

    The University of Northampton are also proud to work in partnership with RECOUP. RECOUP works in collaboration with all stakeholders to promote, develop, stimulate and increase the levels of plastics recycling within the UK.

    Course Details

    This flexible, interdisciplinary course allows you to follow a programme with modules drawn from across the subject of environmental science. You are then able to specialise in particular areas of interest in the second and third year or continue to study a more varied programme.

    You will undertake a wide variety of activities and encounter new challenges that help support your theoretical learning. The need for accuracy, critical evaluation, and the ability to research solutions and apply them in new ways, as well as being able to communicate findings to a variety of audiences, are vital skills for environmental scientists.

    You will examine research design and methodology in relation to field and laboratory work including data collection and quantitative analysis techniques. Statistical tools will be used and developed throughout the course to ensure that you are confident and are able to apply appropriate procedures for different sets of data.

    We use field and lab based activities to ensure that you develop a range of scientific concepts and theories that are transferable and sought after in a variety of employment areas.

    Assessments

    A wide range of assessment is used including field surveys, reports, oral presentations, field reports and time constrained tests as well as end of year examinations.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: ENV1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an appreciation of the nature of air and water and the physical and chemical processes governing their characteristics in an environmental context. It provides a basis for a fuller appreciation of the Level 5 module Air & Water - Processes and Air & Water - Applications.
      • Module code: ENV1002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides an introduction to the science of ecology. It considers basic ecological concepts and principles and focuses on individuals, populations, interactions (between species), communities and ecosystems.
      • Module code: ENV1012
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is an introduction to biological classification and diversity using the Six Kingdom classification as its starting point. The module introduces a range of organisms discusses the way in which they are classified by systematists their interrelationships and the ways in which they are adapted to their environments. It also discusses the significance of these groups in relation to ecosystem function
      • Module code: ENV1016
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides fundamental basics of physical chemical and biological concepts and principles relevant to a scientific approach to the study of the environment. Students will acquire the skills necessary to plan conduct and report on environmental science investigations including collecting recording and analysing data using field and laboratory techniques.
      • Module code: ENV1111
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to wastes management.
      • Module code: GEO1107
        Status: Compulsory
        The Physical Environment provides an introduction to the study of the physical (abiotic) environment, familiarising students with the language of the subject and looking at processes which affect the atmosphere, the solid Earth and the Earth's surface, as well as the ways in which these processes interact to produce environments and landscapes.
      • Module code: ENV2014
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: ENV2018
        Status: Designate
        In this module knowledge and understanding of communities and ecosystems is applied to selected terrestrial and freshwater/wetland systems. Habitats considered include woodlands grasslands lakes rivers swamps marshes and mires. This module places emphasis on the functional ecology of these habitats in terms of both ecosystem dynamics and human impacts.
      • Module code: ENV2036
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a background and foundation necessary for research.
      • Module code: ENV2103
        Status: Designate
        Biogeography combines ecology and geography to help us understand spatial patterns of biodiversity. `It is the study of distributions of organisms, habitats and biomes, both past and present, and of related patterns of variation over the earth in the numbers and kinds of living things' (Brown & Lomolino, 1998).
      • Module code: ENV2124
        Status: Designate
        This module provides opportunities for field-based investigations either within Britain or further afield*. The module allows scope for students to be involved in more in-depth fieldwork actitvities than a standard module would allow. Data analysis and scientific reporting skills are developed, as are collaborative working skills as students work in teams to collect data in the field and to report on research. (*NB. There may be an additional charge for overseas fieldwork ? contact module tutor for further info.)
      • Module code: ENV2127
        Status: Designate
        This module will introduce the concepts of the Circular Economy. Students will explore the drivers for a circular economy at a national EU and global level. The practical implications and principles will be explored including:-The potential for materials to be recycled and incorporated into new products indefinitely-The opportunities and barriers presented by renewable energy-The need for behavioural change- Case studies
      • Module code: ENV2130
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: GEO2034
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: GEO2111
        Status: Designate
        Weather and Climate equips the learner with a sound knowledge and understanding of atmospheric processes which are relevant to a broad range of environmental sciences.
      • Module code: LAW2006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to allow students to develop an awareness and understanding of the underpinning philosophies behind environmental law, as well as of the ways in which environmental policy is implemented and enforced through legal measures.
      • Module code: ENV3013
        Status: Designate
        This module explores social, economic and environmental issues associated with land use. Ethical consumerism will be linked to contemporary land use. Techniques for the evaluation of landscapes (including GIS) will be introduced and the effectiveness of policies and legislation that aim to facilitate sustainable development will be critically evaluated and discussed.
      • Module code: ENV3014
        Status: Designate
        This module addresses high-level ecological concepts and principles relating to the role of spatial and temporal aspects of landscapes and their fauna, flora and cultural components (including workshops using GIS). The ways in which ecosystems are damaged by human activity and the potential for restoration are also considered.
      • Module code: ENV3021
        Status: Designate
        This module deals with theoretical aspects of measuring biodiversity and understanding patterns of its distribution. It also considers more practical elements in terms of the practice of wildlife conservation including the evaluation and assessment of biodiversity for conservation.
      • Module code: ENV3131
        Status: Designate
        The module involves a work placement (to take place before starting the final year) to help familiarisation with workplace practices and to help to reflect upon skills needed. The module helps students to refine career aspirations and engage in career action planning via developing skills of analysis, synthesis and reflection.
      • Module code: ENV3133
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: ENV3134
        Status: Designate
        This module is intended to provide an introduction to how sustainability and sustainable development affect the way in which engineering must in future be practised. It will address the need to live within constraints and to ensure more fairness in access to limited resources, which lies at the heart of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. It will provide tools, knowledge and case studies to enable students to assess and devise mathods to improve the environmental performance of products.
      • Module code: ENV3135
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: ENV4101
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent student-led, supervisor-supported investigation in a specific area related to their main field of study within their programme, and to communicate their findings in the form of a written dissertation.
      • Module code: GEO3108
        Status: Designate
        Climate change is a complex scientific topic that can affect all aspects of environmental and human systems. It is essential that debate and policy is driven by informed specialists and not by the media or political agenda. In this module we explore all apsetc of the climate change issue.
      • Module code: GEO3124
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enhance students? employability through the development of key employability skills. Students participate in career planning activities and reflect on their experiences.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC.

    We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    For more information on how to make an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK  – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional Costs

    Opportunities Abroad

    You will have various opportunities for visits and for fieldwork and there is an opportunity in the second year to undertake an optional residential field trip overseas. Previous field trips have included Mallorca and Tenerife, but please note there is an additional charge to cover flights, accommodation and transport which in 2019 was £550.

    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Additional Costs

    Opportunities Abroad

    You will have various opportunities for visits and for fieldwork and there is an opportunity in the second year to undertake an optional residential field trip overseas. Previous field trips have included Mallorca and Tenerife, but please note there is an additional charge to cover flights, accommodation and transport which in 2019 was £550.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Environmental Science degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • There are various opportunities for visits and for fieldwork throughout the course. There are two compulsory UK based field trips, one in the first year and one in the second year. There is a further opportunity in the second year to undertake an optional residential field trip overseas, currently Tenerife, but please note there is an additional charge for overseas field courses to cover flights, accommodation and transport.

    In 2019, the cost was £550. Examples of previous UK day field trips include Oxford Botanic Garden, Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum, as well as field sites in and around Northamptonshire.

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