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Course summary

How does human behaviour affect our environment? What pressures do we face in managing scarce resources? Can technological innovation offer solutions? You will develop an understanding of the ecological and social crises of the 21st century while developing the practical skills that you need to bring about change. Explore environmental issues from a range of perspectives, drawing on subjects as varied as anthropology, politics and economics. You will explore the relationships between people, place and environment with staff who are active in the field. Gain insight into pollution, climate change, urbanisation and broader social and spatial dynamics. Shape your degree outside the classroom with our thriving student led societies. EcoGeog Society works closely with local charities on action programmes, and aims to create a close community for those in human geography and environmental social sciences. The ECS Society brings students together to share thoughts and possible ideas for solutions addressing current issues in Canterbury. Choose to study Environmental Social Sciences at Kent because: • you’ll be part of a University that is subscribed to the UN Sustainability Goals. • you can increase your career prospects through a Year in Professional Practice to gain real-world experience. Recent graduates have gone on to work in ecological surveying, habitat management and species conservation. • you’ll learn from inspiring lecturers who are active in their fields. • you’ll benefit from ongoing support through our employability team, regular workshops and alumni talks, as well as our dedicated academic adviser and peer mentoring scheme. • you’ll experience laboratory-based practicals and field trips, as well as lectures and seminars.


You’ll consider how environmental issues are framed and managed by different societal stakeholders, such as, policy makers and the media. Choose to specialise in areas such as social anthropology, tourism and conservation, and geographies of people and place. Our wide range of modules allows you to tailor your degree to support your particular career ambitions. For example, you can choose modules that prepare you for a career in pursuing community-based conservation projects.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £13500 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

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Please see the programme page at for further information on fees and funding options. Please be aware that if the Government permits, the UK fee quoted may increase in line with inflation. Full-time fees for 2023/24 for international students are £21,900 for laboratory programmes and £18,000 for non-laboratory programmes
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