BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences

General

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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Environmental Sciences (2+2) BSc (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.

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Course overview

This course allows you to develop skills in the collection, processing, and analysis of environmental data which are eventually use in the development and evaluation of policy and practical training in the techniques of environmental management.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature and involves modules from two Schools: Geography and Biosciences. You can also opt for modules run by other Divisions. Participants benefit from exposure to this wide range of perspectives on environmental processes and issues.

This wide choice of modules allows you to design a degree programme tailored to your personal interests and career aspirations with an emphasis throughout on teaching realistic and transferable skills.

Special features

Our undergraduate programme covers all the major aspects of environmental sciences and aims to equip you with a deep understanding of the discipline. We also aim to develop your practical, analytical and communication skills to enhance your future career prospects.

You will benefit from a wealth of unique opportunities that only an international, multi-campus university such as Nottingham can offer. For an environmental scientist, this means that you will be able to experience multiple environmental systems across China, Malaysia and the UK and gain a greater understanding of the environmental challenges facing our planet. 

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

  • For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program.
  • For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program.

Students have the option to study the whole course in China (3+0 or 4+0) or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham, UK (1+2 or 2+2).

Preliminary year

The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme. 

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.   

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year one modules (preliminary year)

  • CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)
  • CELEN038 The Scientific Method (10 Credits)
  • CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)
  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Oral Communication Skills B (10 Credits)
  • Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques
  • CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)
  • CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)

Qualifying year

Year two compulsory modules (qualifying year)

  • GEOG1027 Interpreting Environmental Data (20 Credits)
  • GEOG1026 Introduction to GIS (10 Credits)
  • GEOG1023 The Digital Earth (10 Credits)
  • GEOG1025 Global Environmental Processes (20 Credits)
  • GEOG1022 Principles of Ecology (20 Credits)
  • GEOG1029 Environmental Science and Society (20 Credits)
  • GEOG1028 Research Skills (20 Credits)

Year 3

Year three compulsory modules (Part 1-Nottingham UK)

  • BIOS2005 Soil Science (10 Credits)
  • BIOS2013 Climate Change Science (10 Credits)
  • GEOG2030 Research Tutorial (10 Credits)
  • GEOG2003 Techniques in Physical Geography (20 Credits)
  • GEOG2031 Dissertation Preparation (10 Credits)
  • BIOS2035 Soil and Water Science (20 Credits)

Restricted - Group 1 Students must choose a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from this group. The course choice should match the intended choice of dissertation topic.

  • GEOG2006 Environmental Change (10cr) Autumn (10 Credits)
  • GEOG2008 River Processes and Dynamics (20 Credits)
  • GEOG2021 Earth Observation (20 Credits)
  • GEOG2029 Digital Explorers: Finding geospatial patterns in a changing world (10cr) Autumn (10 Credits)
  • BIOS2019 Ecosystem Processes (10 Credits)
  • BIOS2080 Forest Ecology and Management (10 Credits)
  • GEOG2029 Digital Explorers: Finding geospatial patterns in a changing world (10cr) Autumn (10 Credits)
  • GEOL2001 Environmental Change (20 Credits)
  • GEOG2009 Patterns of Life (20 Credits)
  • GEOG2013 Rural Environmental Geography (20 Credits)
  • BIOS2016 Computer Modelling in Science: Introduction (UP) (20 Credits)
  • BIOS2075 The Green Planet (20 Credits)

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. Students cannot take both 10 credit and 20 credit versions of the same course.

Year 4

Year four compulsory modules (Part 2-Nottingham UK)

  • GEOG3004 Dissertation (40 Credits)

Restricted - Group 1 Students must take a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from this group.

  • BIOS3036 Computer Modelling in Science: Applications (20 Credits)
  • BIOS3026 Environmental Biotechnology (10 Credits)
  • BIOS3041 Palaeobiology (10 Credits)
  • BIOS3049 Environmental pollutants: fate, impact and remediation. (20 Credits)

Restricted Group 2 Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group. In exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Course Director students may substitute 20 credits from this group with other courses.

  • GEOG3015 Freshwater Management (AUT) (20 Credits)
  • GEOG3022 Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual (20 Credits)
  • GEOG3028 Environmental Informatics and Modelling (20 Credits)
  • GEOL3002 Global Climate Change (20 Credits)
  • GEOG3034 Practical River Management and Restoration: Mt St Helens Field Course (20 Credits)
  • GEOG3055 Advances in Remote Sensing (20 Credits)
  • GEOG3057 Emerging Challenges in Biogeography (20 Credits)

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. In exceptional circumstances and with the written approval of the Course Director students may choose up to 20 credits of other courses at level 3.

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Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Our graduates are well equipped to work in the science sector, including employment as an environmental researcher, manager or consultant.

Among the 29 graduates from BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences in 2019, 26 chose to continue their studies. 65.4% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world. And 1 student was admitted by the University of Pennsylvania as a Ph.D.

2020 QS World University Rankings University Number
4 University of Oxford 1
8 University College London 11
9 Imperial College London 1
18 Columbia University 1
21 University of Michigan 1
27 University of Manchester 2
 - Total 17

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email global@nottingham.edu.cn.  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less