BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management

If you’re interested in the complexities of the natural environment and humanity’s relationship with it, then the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management degree is ideal. We’ll guide you as you draw on a diverse range of disciplines to develop the scientific, research and managerial understanding needed to address some of our planet’s most pressing challenges in a sustainable way.

Environmental Science and Management

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

5 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management degree focuses on how scientific knowledge and management principles are brought together to protect public health, support sustainable development, mitigate climate change and reduce the impact of human activities on the environment. If you’re keen to understand the complex relationship between mankind and the environment, this interdisciplinary and career-focused course is an excellent option.

Graduates working in this increasingly important field require a sound understanding of a diverse range of disciplines. While exploring the four key areas of climate change, flooding, pollution and environmental management, you’ll study a comprehensive range of scientific and managerial topics that will develop your understanding of how human activities impact on the environment. Together we’ll explore the interactions between the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment, as well as the social, economic and political processes that affect the natural world.

Our expert team will focus on helping you learn the key facts and concepts that are central to environmental science and environmental management. We’ll support you as you learn essential scientific and engineering principles and investigate how these are applied in environmental protection and restoration. You’ll also explore the physical, social, cultural, economic, political and legal contexts of the laws, practices and policies that relate to environmental management and governance. As well as developing your understanding of air, water and soil, we’ll cover how humans use natural resources and energy, and examine the links between fossil fuels and climate change. In addition, we’ll consider renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power.

We understand how important it is for you to develop ‘real-world’ practical environmental science and research skills so we ensure that you have opportunities to undertake visits and fieldwork as well as learn how to perform laboratory analysis of environmental samples such as polluted air, water or soil. Our expert team will guide you as you learn laboratory procedures, from sampling, collecting and interpreting data, technical analysis and drawing reasoned conclusions, to how to present results and write-up technical reports. We’ll help you learn a variety of research methods and develop critical thinking and analysis skills. We’ll also support you to gain essential knowledge in environmental statistics and computer modelling so that you can understand the behaviour of environmental systems, and better interpret the impact of potential changes to provide predictions of what might happen in the future.

Throughout the course, we’ll focus on how to assess the impact of human activities on the environment and explore how using multidisciplinary approaches are necessary to combat and prevent environmental damage. We’ll help you to develop the knowledge and skills required for effective project management by looking at a range of topics such as project design, approaches to management, personal roles and responsibilities, leadership and motivation, resource planning and utilisation, financial forecasting, contracts, quality assessment, risk assessment, and project management tools. Your studies will encompass key principles and best practice in environmental management, preparing you for higher-level business and governance roles where the need for compliance with international environmental standards must be integrated with other organisational objectives.

Overall, we’ll take a multidisciplinary approach to help you gain an exciting combination of academic, analytical, business and professional skills that will prepare you for a career in environmental science and management, as well as provide a springboard to postgraduate-level study.

Highlights
  • This course considers many of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Drawing on a diverse range of disciplines, we’ll support you as you learn to make informed judgements about environmental issues and how to address them.
  • A big part of our commitment to your progress is helping you develop your employability and industry networks. So we’ll encourage you to attend guest lectures that give your learning context, offer industry contact, and contribute to your underlying professional development. We’ll also encourage you to become a student member of a relevant professional body and take part in the events they offer to build your professional portfolio and reputation.
  • During your final year, you’ll be expected to complete an independent research project where you conduct an in-depth investigation on an agreed topic. Our expert academic team will guide you as you gain knowledge of research methods, data collection and data analysis, as well as build your critical thinking and self-management skills.
  • During your final year, you’ll also take part in an interdisciplinary project. This will be co-hosted by industry practitioners and you’ll work in a team with other students from this degree and related degree courses. This will help to develop your knowledge of current industry practices and build your transferable skills such as collaboration, teamwork and effective communication.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching and laboratory facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
Key Features
  • This course has been developed with input from key industry employers. We have strong industry links, reinforced by live briefs and case studies developed in conjunction with industry, as well as opportunities for placements.
  • Our focus is on equipping you with fundamental knowledge and practical skills so that you can play an important role in the future, helping to secure a more sustainable world, protect finite resources, reduce pollution, minimise carbon dioxide emissions and minimise the impact of climate change.
  • We offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to build a career helping to transform our economy into a green economy for the future.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small so that you have plenty of opportunities to ask our friendly, supportive tutors for help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • We’ll focus on your individual needs, and provide personalised support to help find the learning strategies that best support your learning and ultimate success.
Professional recognition

We’re seeking accreditations by environmental professional bodies and are in discussions with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

We’ll encourage you to become a student member of one of these professional bodies and take part in the events they offer to build your professional portfolio and reputation.


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we'll be happy to consider your application.
  • We’ll also welcome your application if you’ve completed a foundation year in a relevant area or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a relevant area.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


People are increasingly aware of humanity’s impact on our environment and government is now putting sustainability at the heart of policy making. Companies are also working towards meeting consumer expectations that their products and services should be sustainable. This means that there are many different career options available to graduates of our BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences and Management degree, both in the UK and internationally.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well prepared to join sectors such as infrastructure work, environmental or civil engineering, nature and water conservation, waste disposal and recycling, land remediation and public policy development. The interdisciplinary nature of this course means that you’ll have a flexible and dynamic skill set to offer employers, as well as a high level of knowledge and understanding of environmental principles and management techniques. You’ll possess an impressive mix of transferable and employability skills such as effective communication, problem-solving and creativity, adaptability, team working, self-awareness and resilience as well as lifelong learning skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates of this degree will be able to seek employment in a wide range of fields. You may seek to work in environmental consultancy, providing advice to organisations about issues connected to the environment. Both governmental and private organisations need people who can assess the environmental impact of projects, offer advice on preventing or cleaning up pollution and contamination, and ensure they are meeting the requirements of relevant legislation and regulations.

Many organisations are also in need of graduates with environmental management expertise to ensure they improve their environmental performance. Sustainable growth is now an expectation of consumers and shareholders so you may apply for roles that help companies achieve their environmental targets. Alternatively, roles in areas such as waste management and recycling for local authorities and private companies may not be glamourous but these essential services are vital to society and the environment. Related roles can also be found in areas such as water quality where pollution monitoring and prevention are particularly important.

If you’re seeking to protect and promote the natural environment or conserve heritage sites, then employers such as charities, national parks, local authorities and private estates offer opportunities for careers in nature conservation. As a graduate of this course, you could also find employment in environmental education with similar organisations, as well as with visitor attractions.

You’ll also be well placed to continue your studies by pursuing a master’s degree or PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Social enterprise
  • Policy management
  • Politics
  • Education and teaching
  • Advising and consultancy

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2021/22.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021-2022.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods to help you achieve your potential. Lectures introduce course content, while seminars are a valuable way to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials allow you to ask questions about the topics we cover and discuss your learning approaches and strategies for success. Practical laboratory sessions help you learn to apply academic theory to scientific problems and develop practical skills in research methods and scientific techniques. Also, guided computer-based workshops help you gain the data analysis skills and knowledge you’ll need to take on your independent research project.

Self-directed and independent study is essential if you want to reach your potential in this hugely rewarding and constantly evolving subject, so we encourage you to devote significant time to it. For example, for background reading, assignments, preparing for seminars, writing essays and revising for exams.

Summative assessments include in-class tests, essays, seminar presentations, laboratory reports, independent project work, and exams that contribute to your final module marks. These assessments are your chance to confirm your knowledge and understanding, as well as your critical and evaluation skills.

Meanwhile, you’ll get to benefit from ongoing formative assessments throughout your degree. These don’t contribute to module marks or final grades but are designed to support your progress and help you build on your strengths and overcome perceived weaknesses. They’re also a good way to help you identify and pursue the independent learning strategies that best suit your needs and preferences.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Principles, Practices and Policies
  • Environmental Media and Pollution
  • Climate Change
  • Communications Technology
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Modelling and Statistics in Environmental Science
  • Laboratory Skills for Pollution Analysis
  • Environmental Project Management
  • Digital Approach to Environmental Solutions
  • Environmental Business Management and Governance
  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Research Methods and Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Practical exams 17%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 60%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 25%
Level threeCoursework 85%, Written exams 15%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level twoGuided independent study 77%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level threeGuided independent study 75%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Junfeng Geng
Programme Leader

J.Geng@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903842

Peter Farrell
Admissions Tutor

P.Farrell@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903426

Furat Al-Faraj
Lecturer

F.Al-Faraj@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903845

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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