BSc (Hons) Environmental Management


Environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, changes in biodiversity and land use, are some of the biggest global issues of our time. Effective environmental management is increasingly important for industry, business and planners in protecting our health and the natural environment.


The course provides a balance between the natural and social sciences. It offers a wide range of topics relevant to current environmental concerns such as global change and habitat management, as well as environmental policy. Alongside in-depth knowledge, you will also develop practical skills in specialised laboratory facilities, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Direct Entry Criteria

You normally need:

  • a high school leaving certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 17/20, including chemistry or physics, biology and mathematics, all with a minimum score of 15/20, or
  • three GCE A levels with C grades in chemistry, biology, and mathematics or physics.


You will also need:

  • GCSE English language with a minimum grade C.
  • to complete an interview.

Entry via Foundation Year

If, unfortunately, you do not have the right grades, you will have to complete a Foundation year. To join you will need:

  • a high school leaving certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 15/20 and including physics or chemistry, biology and mathematics.
  • to complete an English placement test.

Once you have completed the Foundation year you will be considered for entry to the degree provided you have achieved the following:

  • Total score (GPA) – 2.2/4 (C+)
  • English – ENGL 101 (C)
  • None of your subject grades should be lower than a C.

Length of Study

Three years (four with Foundation year).

Your Career

Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and will be qualified to work in planning bureaux, water resources management authorities, environmental health management and consultancy companies, the construction industry, the Department of Forestry and energy companies.


The course is taught in English.

What You Study

First Year

Core modules:

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems and Environmental Change
  • Geographical and Environmental Processes Field Course
  • Graduate and Professional Skills 1
  • Human Space and Society
  • Investigative Skills and Techniques
  • Physical Systems
  • Spatial Perspectives
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Optional module:
  • Special Fieldwork Skills 1

Second Year

Core modules:

  • Ecology and Environmental Quality
  • Geographical and Environmental Processes in Europe
  • Global Change and Development
  • Graduate and Professional Skills 2
  • Research Design
  • Optional modules:
  • Fundamentals of Geospatial Information
  • Rural Change
  • Special Fieldwork Skills 2

Third Year

Core modules:

  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Habitat Monitoring and Management
  • Individual Research Project
  • Optional modules:
  • Biological Conservation
  • Countryside Recreation Management
  • Implementing Geospatial Information
  • Placement