Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Environmental Science

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Course summary

Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Develop your practical skills in the laboratory and through fieldwork.
  • Apply your learning to real-world problems throughout your course and during optional placement opportunities.
  • Prepare for a successful future career by developing your employability skills alongside your environmental knowledge.
On this course, you’ll have opportunities to apply your learning in the real world — in the laboratory, on field trips and during project work. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills, helping you to prepare for a wide range of future careers. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our enthusiastic staff have all worked or researched in the field of environmental science. We’re experts in our field, and we’ll support you to become an active, self-directed learner and member of the community. We do this by using applied learning methods that connect theory to practice in a range of learning environments – both in-person and online. So when it’s time to graduate, you’ll be prepared for whatever future you choose. You learn through
  • fieldwork and field visits
  • laboratory classes
  • practical IT classes
  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops and tutorials
  • independent study
  • a professional experience project
  • an independent research project
**Applied learning Work placements** Gain real-world experience by undertaking a work placement between your second and final years. Not only will you develop your skills – you’ll build a valuable professional network. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme. We have an array of exciting international study exchange agreements in countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy and Norway. Field trips Fieldwork is an integral part of your degree, helping you learn new skills and apply your knowledge in different environments. These opportunities are embedded in modules across all three years of your course. You may explore urban environments, for example, measuring air quality, investigating urban greenspace, and observing environmental infrastructure in Sheffield City Centre. You may visit local parks, gardens, woodland and rivers, learning about these environments before undertaking your own practical activities. You may visit the Peak District, learning about conservation ecology, habitat management, hydrology and managing protected landscapes. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend residential field trips which focus on different environmental themes. Recent destinations include Amsterdam (sustainable cities and urban ecology), Iceland (glaciology and hydrology), the Lake District (landscape monitoring and management), and Snowdonia (managing natural environments). Networking opportunities Throughout your degree, you’ll work with and learn from a wide range of professionals and graduates. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with external organisations throughout your degree, including during your ‘professional experience’ project. The course also connects with the professional world through the course accreditations.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Environmental Protection 20 Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Environmental Science 20 Introduction To Environmental Science 20 Introduction To Physical Geography 20 Life On Earth 20 Elective modules Development And Sustainability 20 Foreign Language 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules International Field Work 20 Professional Experience 20 Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences 20 Elective modules Conservation Ecology 20 Energy, Waste And Resources 20 Fluvial Geomorphology And Hydrology 20 Foreign Language 20 Geographical Information Systems 20 Glaciers And Glaciation 20 Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography 20 Sustainable Settlements 20 Year 3 Compulsory modules Placement Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation (Geography, Environment And Planning) 40 Elective modules Advanced Field Research 20 Advanced Gis 20 Atmospheric And Water Quality 20 Conservation And Habitat Management 20 Contaminated Land And Remediation 20 Environmental Impact Assessment & Management Systems 20 Foreign Language 20 Natural Hazards 20 Past Environmental Change 20 People And The Natural Environment 20

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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Landscape Institute
  • The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2022/23 are £9,250 per year. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year.

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Environmental Science at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS