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Our BSc Environmental Science programme is the University’s flagship environmental degree enabling you to learn the science behind the Earth’s amazing complexity and its environmental processes. This undergraduate programme is at the cutting-edge of current thinking in the environmental field: you will learn practical and theoretical insights from world leading research experts in a range of environmental disciplines. Our mission is to train you in measuring, evaluating and making decisions about environmental issues. From day one of your degree you will take a hands-on approach to the collection and analysis of environmental data in the field and laboratory.
This challenging programme will broaden your horizons by enabling you to learn about environmental processes at a range of scales from local issues affecting South West England to those with global impacts. You’ll engage with issues relating to climate change, its impact on the world and efforts to mitigate its effect. You will uncover the complexities of the legal processes which underpin environmental decision making and discover how the law facilitates the enforcement of environmental regulation.
Throughout the programme you will develop a wide range of practical skills to increase your employability, working with satellite data and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to guide real-world environmental decision making. You will have the opportunity to work and learn in inspiring places where you will gain practical field experience and learn more about the world, yourself and others.
The BSc Environmental Sciences is hosted by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. You will benefit from exposure to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research through the programme’s close relationship with the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on the Cornwall Campus – a £30 million centre leading cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change and enhancing people’s lives by improving their relationship with the environment. Cornwall is an exceptional place in which to study issues related to the environment and sustainability: the county is a perfect living laboratory which offers a diverse range of marine and terrestrial habitats, a wealth of natural resources and creative and resilient communities.
Our programme structure allows you to pursue your interests and shape your ambitions: in addition to studying a number of core modules you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a selection of optional modules in related disciplines, and undertake a primary research project in your preferred area. Importantly, throughout this three year programme you will gain insights from industry leaders in the environmental sector and engage with other relevant organisations through field trips embedded in modules and work placement opportunities offered by the University.
If you choose the four year MSci programme (available for 2014 entry) you will spend your fourth year on two projects focused on a specialised area aligned with one of our leading research groups, one of which will be in partnership with an external organisation, plus a two week intensive field course.
Do you want to make a difference and change the future of the planet? Are you inspired by the complexity of the natural environment? Could you help develop new ways to manage the world’s natural resources? If so, then this is the degree for you.
There are many BSc Environmental Science degrees offered in the UK, but the programme here is, I believe, unique in incorporating a specifically legal and policy aspect, and the inclusion of these appropriate modules makes this programme distinctive and attractive.
The academic content is very comprehensive, including geographical and environmental subjects, combined with elements of biology and ecology as well as law and policy, fully delivering on the overall aim of training environmental practitioners. Modules incorporate a wide range of transferable skills, from conceptual and structural skills to technical and practical skills, which are all crucial to personal development and general employability.
The programme is comprehensive, rigorous and very well designed in its structure and modules. The learning outcomes, teaching methods, and assessments are very well coordinated and appropriate, with a good progression in content and advancement over the course of study. I congratulate the team for designing such an impressive, attractive, and highly relevant degree programme.
Dr Andreas Baas, Senior Lecturer
External Assessor for the BSc Environmental Science degree at the University of Exeter
This programme is run at the Cornwall Campus, near Falmouth