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Environmental Science BSc(Hons): Field trips

Find out about the opportunities for field trips as part of this course

Fieldwork is an important component of our environment-based degrees. Studying issues in context brings them to life and deepens your understanding. 

Below are the main field trips we run. During Years 2 and 3, many of the optional modules also include other trips and excursions. You might visit:

  • Ashtead Common, a national nature reserve, close to Kingston;
  • the nearby North Downs; or 
  • the Sussex coast.

View our image gallery at the bottom of the page for an idea of what your fieldwork might involve.

Course director Dr Stuart Downward talks about what students can expect from the field trips:

Year 1

Cornwall

In the second semester you go on a week long trip to Cornwall. Here you will:

  • learn and develop a variety of environmental fieldwork skills;
  • study a range of topics, such as water resources, tourism and mine waste;
  • complete work suggested by lectures and individual projects; and
  • research controversial environmental issues.

Year 2/3

Tenerife, Spain

In Year 2, you will participate in an overseas field trip to Tenerife. This gives you the chance to study an environment very different to that of the UK. The Tenerife environment is incredibly diverse, with huge contrasts in climate, soil types and ecology. You will focus on the island ecological diversity and develop a range of ecological techniques and design and manage a group-based ecological project.

Year 3

Western Cape, South Africa

In Year 3, you have the option of going on a non-European field trip, currently to the Western Cape in South Africa. The field trip provides and opportunity to apply your environmental knowledge and skills in a typically unfamilar environment with distinctive challenges. In South Africa this includes:

  • national park management;
  • participation in project management exercises in informal communities; and
  • learning in multiple environments: from the city (eg. Cape Town) to rural landscapes.

Image gallery

Studying remote sensing on the Isle of WightOn the waterfront on the Isle of WightOn the waterfront on the Isle of WightTelescope use on the Isle of WightCape Town, South AfricaCape Town, South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaTraditional Braai in South AfricaHIV/AIDS Centre in South AfricaFieldwork in South AfricaKhayelitsha, South Africa

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Contact our admissions team

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020 3308 9931*

*Calls cost 7p per minute from a UK landline plus your phone company's access charge. Calls to this number from mobiles are normally deductible from your inclusive minutes.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
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