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Environmental Management with Business BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time F9N2 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year F9NF 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

Studying the environment in combination with Business will give you a unique set of skills that are highly relevant to the development and success of contemporary society. Your understanding of environmental systems and human interaction with the environment will be complemented by skills needed by industry and business.

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What you will study

Year 1 modules, including field study, ensure that you acquire essential environmental knowledge and skills. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of business.Year 2 continues your business studies with a core business module, while the environmental element of the course includes key research methods modules and a selection of environmental option modules.

If you choose the four-year sandwich route, you will carry out a work placement between Years 2 and 3. The placement provides an opportunity to undertake paid work and gain valuable experience in an environmental and/or sustainable development field. We will keep in touch with you throughout your placement to ensure that the skills and training you receive translate effectively to your final year studies and your career aspirations.

Your studies in Year 3 include a core module focusing on the key issues of climate change, a module from the Business field, plus a further environmental module chosen from a list of topics. You will also carry out independent project work, which is a major focus of the Year 3 programme.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • Spatial analysis introduces and develops the fundamental geographical skills of data collection, analysis and presentation and the solving of spatial problems using GIS. It concerns data types, representations of reality and key spatial analysis techniques.

  • This core module introduces techniques of fieldwork and the principles that form the basis of successful investigations within this, including statistics and subject specific to geographical, geological and environment degrees.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • prepare for and perform basic fieldwork techniques;
    • produce a field report in the appropriate format; underpinned by field observations and records;
    • undertake elementary data analysis;
    • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific (and other) principles and techniques that are pertinent to the course; and
    • apply undergraduate-level academic skills.
  • This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles and processes that operate and cause change in environmental systems and show how this knowledge can be applied to sustainably manage environmental problems. The importance of a holistic, 'top-down' approach to problem solving will be introduced along with material on key underpinning scientific disciplines including environmental chemistry and genetics. Practical and fieldwork sessions are designed to develop observation and recording skills.

  • This module is designed to introduce you to the business function, with specific focus on marketing, data analysis, information systems, economics and the business environment. This module will equip you with the tools and skills to collect and analyse data, and present solutions to real-world problems based on marketing data. You will learn basic business and economic concepts and their application to current issues.


Year 2

  • This module introduces the theory and practice of environment and sustainable development in meeting the challenges of the future as they affect society, business and the economy.  Sustainable development considers the theoretical basis in economic, social and environmental factors  including economic theory, natural resource usage and globalisation. In addition, economic mechanisms are explored and the theory of externalities and their control through regulation, market-based incentive, property rights, economic behaviour and macroeconomic issues of sustainable development.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of environment-society interactions including the interplay of local and regional issues within a framework of globalisation.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the theory of externalities and their control through regulation and through economic instruments such as market-based incentives and property rights.
    • Apply the fundamental economic analysis to issues of environmental concern.
    • Appreciate the governance environment in which modern  practices of environmental management operate.
    • Understand the key issues for business and industry in relation to the environment and sustainability agenda, including environmental management systems.
    • Be able to carry out and /or evaluate an environmental audit, a simple waste management/minimisation programme and an environmental impact assessment.
  • This module deals with aspects of research design; defining research questions, research philosophy and methodologies. The module culminates in designing and managing a field-based research project in a UK and/or overseas setting. In addition, the module deals with the interpretation of statistical data and presentation format.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Design and execute an environmental and/or geographical research investigation.
    • Understand the importance of, and achieve, quality control in project design and management and be able to undertake critical analysis of environmental and/or geographical research projects and published literature.
    • Take account of, or mitigate, logistical considerations in field-based project design and management, safety aspects associated with such projects, ethical issues and intellectual property rights.
    • Communicate with clarity the findings of a research investigation.
    • Through the tutorial system, develop wider transferable linkages that map the experiences of the module to their wider academic learning environment and career/professional development, and prepare an independent research proposal as a pre-cursor to embarking on an independent research project at Level 6.

    And specific to this version of the module:

    • Confidently select and apply appropriate statistical methods to support the investigation and evaluation of quantitative information.
  • Choose from the following:

    • This module explores the ecological concepts using a hierarchical approach; population, community and ecosystem levels of ecology, highlighting the interactions between man and nature. A research-led approach is used to emphasise the models by which ecologists attempt to explain complex biological systems.

      On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

      • Describe the models used to explain fundamental ecological processes that govern populations, communities and ecosystems.
      • Discuss and evaluate the processes that modulate distribution and abundance of organisms in ecological systems.
      • Critically discuss the mechanisms that lead to change in ecological systems.
      • Analyse ecological data and interpret results in the context of appropriate ecological theory and discuss its implications for the management of environments.
    • This module develops an understanding of the fundamental principles of soil science whereby the various soil properties and processes, including storage and transport of water in soil, are explained. This provides a good underpinning to developing an understanding of hydrology. Core principles of hydrology are explored both as theoretical physical science of hydrology and practical hydrological skills, which students gain through hands-on experience and investigations. This knowledge of soil and water sciences forms the essential base for introducing and explaining environmental pollution, including the impact of pollutants on environmental systems (soil, water, plants and air) and human health. It also discusses pollution mitigation and control strategies.

    • The introduction to the module will provide the 'big picture' overview starting with the concept of landscape development and geomorphology/sedimentology as sub-disciplines in geography followed by a series of systematic core lectures concerning major geomorphological processes and landforms. An accompanying practical programme will aid students in evaluating concepts and learning key analytical techniques. Fieldwork will be provided as an arena for applying new skills and knowledge gained through practicals and lectures. The theme then moves on to interpreting sedimentary environments. Sediments and sedimentary rocks reflect the character of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere so an understanding of this subject area is fundamental in understanding how the present is the key to the past (and hence future).

  • This module considers the extent to which an efficient and effective management of human and financial resources can help organisations to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. It examines key issues in human and financial resource management, using appropriate conceptual and analytical frameworks which can help to explain the choices available to organisations, and their likely reasons for adopting different approaches to the management of human and financial resources. The module examines key issues in strategic HRM. It demonstrates how various HRM policies and practices can be employed and intertwined to create an environment in which employees are satisfied and perform well. The module also explains the principles and construction of the key financial statements and prepares students to interpret financial information to make appropriate economic decisions and recommendations. In so doing, it provides opportunities for applied learning and professional development.


Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module provides experience in the design, execution and preparation of an independent but approved programme of research. Students will be required to identify and analyse a significant research problem and demonstrate an understanding of relevant arguments by presenting a coherent critique of the available research literature and materials, rigorous research methodology, data manipulation, analysis and interpretation.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • identify and formulate research questions within an appropriate academic subject;
    • demonstrate the ability to develop a detailed, coherent and logical argument;
    • develop and implement an appropriate research methodology, including evaluation of safety and ethical considerations relevant to the proposed project;
    • demonstrate skills in the collection, analysis and interpretation of geographical data;
    • show an ability to organise a work programme effectively and independently, with support from a supervisor;
    • through the Personal Tutorial System, reflect on the variety of employability skills applied and further developed through their research project as a foundation for the consideration of further study and their professional/work place development.
  • This module tackles the key issues relating to climate change in the three main subject areas of science, policy and society. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the key concepts and processes of climate change and the various ways in which societies can respond. Fieldwork sessions are designed to complement the lecture series and give further practical demonstration of policy and practice complexities.

  • Choose from the following:

    • This module introduces you to critical issues of development including cross-cutting themes of poverty, exclusion, inequality, famine, HIV/AIDS, natural hazards, gender and conflict. In addition, the module explores relations between developed states and the developing world contexts to explore some of the challenges of inequality and globalisation. The module will include a substantial fieldwork element.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Critically assess contemporary approaches to development.
      • Explain the geographies of developing countries, including a critical assessment of the importance of the representation of places and the ways different  societies relate to them.
      • Explain contemporary problems in, and future prospects of, developing countries; including current geographical and region-specific issues affecting development.
      • Undertake field research on critical issues relevant to the study of development.
      • Demonstrate skills in sourcing and evaluating information and data on development issues from a variety of media sources.
    • The module examines the relationship between land and water management, global challenges associated with the management of land and water, and sustainable options to seek their resolution. The module will develop an understanding and critical evaluation of these challenges from several perspectives, ie through the systematic investigation of land-use practices; the applications of soil science and linking practices to processes and patterns of land degradation; the interface between land management and water management; global concerns for water security; land use impacts on the wider environment, including climate, physical and socio-political drivers; plus an examination of the regional land-water management issues.

    • This module examines the importance of historical and contemporary land use practices in shaping current biotic communities. Current issues in biodiversity and conservation are explored through a lecture and seminar programme. Fieldwork supports the lectures and assignments which are designed to introduce students to important aspects of practical conservation work, such as funding bids, species conservation strategies, and communicating to non-specialists/decision makers.

  • This module considers the development of the role of management in organisations, the importance of strategic analysis and decision making to enable sustainable development and the different contexts in which organisations might operate. You will develop an understanding of the environment in which organisations operate and how organisations use internal resources and competences to achieve competitive advantage. The module examines the role of culture and management in organisations, and the options for growth and development.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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