University of Dundee

Environmental Science and Geography BSc (Hons)

University of Dundee
In Dundee

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Dundee (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
Start September
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Dundee (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years
  • Start:

Studying Environmental Science at Dundee provides you with the opportunity to explore the problems associated with the interaction of humans and the natural environment, focusing on topical and relevant issues such as climate change, pollution of land and water and the management of natural resources.

Our programme is interdisciplinary with teaching staff drawn from a wide range of academic areas. This means that you will benefit from exposure to methods, facilities and research agendas that span the environment – from life sciences including chemistry and biology, through hydrology, remote sensing, geology, geomorphology, oceanography and physics, to environmental planning and management. This provides a firm and rigorous foundation for your career in the environment.

Our staff operate an open-door policy for all students and students are encouraged to approach staff as and when they wish for help and support.

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· Who is it intended for?

As a graduate in environmental science you will have high employment prospects. You will have a solid scientific base knowledge together with valuable interpretative skills much sought by prospective employers in many fields such as environmental protection, environmental consultancy and the water industry. Our focus on skills emphasises both transferable skills (e.g. in numerical problem-solving, communication and team working) and discipline-specific skills (e.g. flood risk assessment using industry-standard hydrological models) which are endorsed by employers as relevant to the needs of the employment marketplace. Staff have especially strong working relationships with the UK environmental regulatory agencies. Typical examples of recent graduate destinations include the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, consultants (e.g. Enviros, MWH, Environmental Resources Management, W A Fairhurst) and local authorities.

· Requirements

BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including biology or chemistry or physics. Please see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects. A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM

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What you'll learn on the course

Environmental Science
It skills
Physical Environment
Conservation Biology

Course programme

Level 1

The Level 1 modules provide a thorough grounding in the principal areas of Environmental Science. You will develop competence in a range of practical and IT skills, and in written and verbal communication. Your studies will be structured in two half-year (semester) modules:

  • The Physical Environment: EV11001
  • Environments for Life: EV12002

4 other modules including at least 2 appropriate science-based modules for BSc degrees.

Level 2

You will develop more detailed understanding in key areas of Environmental Science combined with skills in site investigation and laboratory analysis. Your studies will be supported through regular field excursions in the local area. Your knowledge and understanding of Environmental Science will be developed through two half-year modules:

  • Management and Monitoring: EV21001
  • Mechanisms and Measurements: EV22002

4 other modules, including at least 2 appropriate science-based modules for BSc degrees; one of these will be chemistry for Advanced Entry to Level 2 for students who do not have a good pass at Higher or A-Level in chemistry (or an equivalent qualification)

Level 3

Your studies will provide more specialised understanding of specific areas of Environmental Science in addition to further developing your skills in laboratory analysis, remote sensing and site investigation.

Core module:

  • Reconstructing Past Environments

Option modules:

  • BI32028 - Ecology and Conservation Biology (Sem 2)
  • EV31003 - Environmental Remote Sensing (Sem 1)
  • EV31004 - Biogeography (Sem 1)
  • EV32001 - Reconstructing Past Environments (Sem 2)

Students can also choose from a selection of Geography modules. Typical modules on offer include:

  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Glacial Processes and Environments
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Criminology
Level 4

In addition to completing your own research project you will be able to choose the areas of Environmental Science you specialise in from a range of modules offered.

Core module:

  • Environmental Sustainability in Practice

In addition to these modules, Level 4 Environmental Science students can also choose from several 'advanced' Geography modules which develop material introduced at Level 3. Typical modules on offer include:

  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Criminology
How you will be taught

We believe that students progress most effectively through a stimulating and diverse range of teaching methods, including active participation in laboratory and computing practical classes, seminars, small group discussions, fieldwork, guided independent study, coursework and lectures.

The programme is designed to build your knowledge and understanding successively at each level of a four-year degree, developing both transferable skills in information technology and communication and subject specific skills in laboratory analysis, remote sensing and site investigation. Great emphasis is placed on learning through fieldwork, both independently and in group work. Throughout Level 1, special study skills sessions are provided to support the transition to independent study which underpins most university learning.

How you will be assessed

We pride ourselves on a diversity of assessment methods which reflect student performance in a range of tasks, and avoid excessive reliance on exams.

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, comprising all laboratory and fieldwork reports, class tests, essays and verbal presentations, and end-of-year examinations.

Coursework counts for 75% of the overall assessment at Level 1, 50% at Level 2 and between 50% and 100% of the modules at Levels 3 and 4.

Additional information

Overseas students (non-EU) Fee -  £17,275 per year of study

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