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Environmental Science BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time F900 2018
2019
4 years full time including sandwich year F901 2018
2019
4 years full time including foundation year F908 2018
2019
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018
2019

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Why choose this course?

If you are interested in the challenges associated with climate change, development pressures, water resources and environmental pollution, this course is ideal. You will learn to understand, monitor and evaluate the Earth's environmental systems, and predict, manage and respond to environmental challenges on global, regional and local scales.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

What you will study

Year 1 introduces key concepts in environmental science, including methods of scientific investigation. You will study the processes that operate within environmental systems and cause change. You will gain an understanding of the ways people interact with the environment, and examine sustainability challenges for the future. You will learn to make accurate observations of environmental phenomena in the field and the laboratory, and evaluate your findings.

Year 2 builds knowledge of environmental systems and analytical science. You will expand your portfolio of skills through the analysis of environmental data, and develop a practical understanding of techniques for investigating our environment. You will also learn to design and manage an environmental research project, and put theory into practice in an overseas fieldwork setting.

The optional sandwich year between Years 2 and 3 includes a work placement or international exchange. The work placement gives an opportunity for paid work and valuable experience in an environmental field. We will keep in touch with you throughout your placement, ensuring the skills and training you receive translate effectively into your studies and career aspirations.

Year 3's modules build on those delivered in Year 2, enabling you to apply your knowledge to investigate contemporary environmental challenges. You will study climate change. Your independent research project will reflect your own environmental science interests and help you build towards your career.

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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This is a core module for Environment Science, Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Physical Geography and Geography students. It 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 in the environmental sciences will be introduced along with material on key underpinning scientific disciplines including environmental chemistry and genetics. Core factual material is provided via Canvas with keynote lectures and seminars used to explain concepts. Practical and fieldwork sessions are designed to develop observation and recording skills.

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  • This module provides coverage of key fundamental topics in global geology and no prior knowledge of geology is assumed. The structure of the Earth is described and the major mineral and rock types found in different geological settings on Earth outlined.  The history of the plate tectonics hypothesis is outlined and a description of the major lines of evidence leading to the development and acceptance of this hypothesis is given.  Geological processes occurring at the different types of plate boundary are described and the effects of such processes outlined. The major natural hazards encountered in the natural environment are described and the physical, chemical and biological reasons for their occurrence and global distribution covered.  Case studies of each hazard, from a variety of geographical regions, are provided to build a portfolio of examples, enhancing students' knowledge of the spatial distribution of the key hazards.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • This is a core module for Environmental Science and Environmental Management courses and builds on material introduced at Level 4 Understanding the Environment. Ecological concepts are explained using a hierarchical approach: population, community and ecosystem levels of ecology are explored, 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. Core factual material is provided via Blackboard with keynote lectures used to explain concepts. The practical and fieldwork elements are designed to develop observing, recording, data analysis, data interpretation and presentation skills.

    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

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  • 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.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • 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 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 and an examination of the regional land-water management issues.

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  • 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.

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  • Choose from the following:

    • This module is a core module in the Human Geography and Sustainable Development fields.  It can be taken as an optional module by students studying other courses. The module introduces students to critical issues of development such as themes of  poverty, exclusion, inequality, natural hazards, gender and conflict.  It also explores relations between countries and between regions  to explore some of the challenges of development and aid in a context of globalisation.  The module includes a substantial fieldwork or independent desk-based research element. Whilst it introduces theories of development, it is an applied module which seeks to empower students to debate contemporary geographical and environmental issues within an international context. Assessment seeks to engage students in critical appraisal of real world situations, and strategic planning of interventions, so enhancing students' practical skills and enhancing employablility.

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    • 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.

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    • This module builds on material introduced at Level 5 (GG5120).  The importance of historical and contemporary land use practices in shaping current biotic communities is discussed. 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.

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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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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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