Environmental Science

BSc single honours on in combination with another subject Environmental Science 2016/17

We live on a wonderful planet! From the ice wastes of the Antarctic, to the sultry heat of the tropical rain forest, to the incredible biodiversity of a chalk downland in Kent, there is an immense diversity of organisms and geography. Life on the planet is called the biosphere and has been in existence for three thousand million years. During this time, the biosphere has survived because of an intricate set of relationships which link water, land and atmosphere. These relationships are now being analysed and modelled by environmental scientists. As we understand more about these relationships, we can respond confidently to new threats such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.

For anyone who is also amazed at the way the biosphere and the planet work, this degree allows them to follow up their interest and come to understand the planet and its mechanisms. If they want to make a career out of their interest in the environment or are currently working in the sector and would like to take this as a work-based option, this degree supports their aspiration for a productive and informed career.

Individual modules place emphasis on transferable skills in oral and written communication, information technology and use of statistics, as well as specialist subject knowledge. All aspects of environmental science are covered, but this programme concentrates on a study of the interaction between life and the planetary environment.

The first year consists of a set of compulsory modules covering Introductory Biology (at both Whole Organism and Molecular level), Environmental Science and Physical Sciences to a level needed to understand environmental systems. The ethos of the programme is to integrate the sciences together, rather than treating them as separate subjects. There is also an emphasis on experimental science, so students learn a wide range of practical techniques relevant to an environmental science career.

In the second and third years, core modules consolidate the knowledge and principles relating to environmental science, as well as the laboratory, computational and communications skills needed for employability.

There are further options that allow students to specialise in areas that interest them, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Practical Ecology, and Land Management.

This programme is also available as a combined honours degree.

The broad, multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is well suited to anyone seeking opportunities in environmental consultancy, government agencies and science-based industry in either a technical, managerial or public relations role. The level of scientific literacy developed by this programme is valuable in other non-scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media. Since there is a great deal of interest in environmental science in the rest of Europe, employment opportunities on the continent are particularly healthy. Graduates may progress to study for higher degrees either by research or a taught programme.

Former students have an excellent record of successful completion of higher degrees. Surveys of recent graduates have indicated that former students have found our emphasis on transferable skills to be particularly valuable in their first appointments.

Some graduates progress from this programme into a career in teaching at primary, secondary or post-compulsory level. The nature of the programme makes an excellent preparation for teaching Science as a core subject in the National Curriculum.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Variety of Life
  • Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • The Organism and its Environment

Optional Modules:

  • Microbiology and Cell Culture
  • Starred Module

Year 2

Core:

  • Plant Control Systems
  • Comm. and Analysis in Science
  • Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences
  • Evolution
  • Earth as a Planetary System

Optional Modules:

  • Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
  • Environmental Development
  • Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Mapping and GIS
  • Understanding PCC
  • The Hydrosphere in Europe
  • Starred Module

Year 3

Core:

  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Biological Imaging and Photography
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Individual Study

Optional Modules:

  • Plant Responses to the Environment
  • Practical Ecology
  • Soil Science and Land Management
  • Applied Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Starred Module

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Core Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Systems

Year 2

Core:

  • Earth as a Planetary System

Optional Modules:

  • Plant Control Systems
  • Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Care and Behaviour
  • Evoloution
  • Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
  • Environmental Development
  • Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Mapping and GIS
  • Understanding PCC

Year 3

Core:

  • Aspects of Pollution
  • Radiobiology

Optional Modules:

  • Practical Ecology (option for majors only)
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Individual Study
  • Applied Biological and Chemistry

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including lecture and discussion; laboratory practical; field course, student-led seminars; tutorials; individual oral presentations; group oral presentations; poster presentations; problem solving exercises, case studies and projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars.

Learning to apply these thinking skills is achieved by the use of case studies and especially through laboratory and field-based activities. This enables students to apply their classroom learning in more challenging environments and to appreciate general processes and relationships in practical and ‘real-world’ settings. Throughout their degree, students receive academic and personal support from their personal tutor as well as from the Student Support Guidance Service and the Employability and Careers Service.

Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer based assessment), presentations and examination. Examinations provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to structure a clear, concise and reasoned argument and analyse an issue in a limited time period. The execution of an independent or special study allows them to demonstrate their thinking skills to the highest level.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essay, calculation and problem solving exercises, practical write ups, portfolios, log books, group and/or individual work, group projects, oral presentations, assessed practical, laboratory work, graph drawing exercises, (group) poster presentation, computer based assessment, group presentation, data handling exercises, multiple choice questionnaire, seminar presentation, paper presentation, seminar papers, case study (involving the analysis of biological data) and audio or video presentation.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • F850 Environmental Science
  • F855 Environmental Science (4 years with Foundation)

Length

  • 3 years (or 4 years with Foundation year) full-time

Entry requirements

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