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.