Environmental Science at University of Cumbria - UCAS

Course summary

We only have one planet. Our number one challenge is to work out how we can live within the boundaries this presents while ensuring the health and wellbeing, not only of the current human population and generations to come, but of the 8.7 million species that cohabit it with us. Our Environmental Science degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop as an environmental practitioner and to develop the personal attributes required to take on this challenge. COURSE OVERVIEW Our programme is purpose built for the modern environmental scientist and centred around the learner as the 'environmental practitioner'. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip you for employment in a wide range of environmental professions and beyond. It has been aligned to subject benchmark statements and has been developed in consultation with employers. You will develop an understanding of the science of the environment, how to assess and monitor environmental issues and identify sustainable solutions to current environmental problems as well as ensure future environmental protection. The Environmental Science course has a strong practical focus with laboratory and field work throughout including a residential field trip and a multi-year practical monitoring exercise, allowing you to combine theory and practice. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL...

  • Be equipped you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the environment around you, contemporary environmental problems, and technological and socio-economic solutions.
  • Develop as an ‘environmental practitioner’, gaining the employment skills needed to pursue an exciting environmental career or further academic study.
  • Benefit from field and laboratory work embedded throughout, blending theory with practice to develop the applied knowledge and understanding needed as an environmental practitioner.
  • Enjoy easy access to environments local to Carlisle and Cumbria providing a unique blend of urban, rural, protected, and designated sites to explore. Experience the diversity of environmental challenges first-hand.
  • Take part in a large-scale, problem-based practical project where you will work with a team to develop your project management and leadership skills, as well as synthesising knowledge, in a practical and data driven setting.
  • Take part in residential field studies, an intensive period of emersion in environmental study which provides the opportunity for you to explore different cultural and contextual perspectives and environmental challenges.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Our programme is purpose built for the modern environmental scientist and centred around the learner as the 'environmental practitioner'. You will develop an understanding of the science of the environment, contemporary environmental issues, and sustainable solutions to current and future environmental challenges. Theory will be put into practice with field and laboratory practical sessions as well as external visits allowing practical skills to be developed. Environmental practitioner modules will combine theory and practical skills acquired throughout other modules and will focus on the skills needed for employment as an environmental scientist, such as use of appropriate software and knowledge of relevant theories. Year One
  • Earth Origins
  • Terrestrial Systems
  • Aquatic Systems
  • Atmospheric Systems
  • Ecology and the Environment
  • Environmental Practice
Year Two
  • Exploring Contemporary Environmental Challenges
  • Pollution and Monitoring
  • Natural Resource Use
  • Environmental Legislation and Regulation
  • Exploring Research
  • Environmental Assessment
Year Three
  • Managing Waste and Pollution
  • Energy and Water Resource Sustainability
  • Land Use and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Environmental Management and Solutions
  • Dissertation

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have studied at least 1 from the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Applied Science.

Additional entry requirements


GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/studentfinance for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Environmental Science at University of Cumbria - UCAS