Environmental and Earth Science

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: None

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Earth Science

The rocks that comprise Earth’s upper crust contain a record of environmental change over a period exceeding 2 billion years. On this pathway, you will learn skills needed to read this record and understand how Earth has evolved over time. You will have the opportunity to take field-based modules in both the UK and abroad.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
Atmosphere, Weather & Climate Aquatic Biogeochemistry Introduction to Geological Techniques
Biogeochemical Cycles Geoscience in Practice The Dynamic Earth
Earth's Interior Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Geology Catchment Hyrdrology Dissertation
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Data Collection and Analysis Disstertation with External Partner
Non-mandatory modules Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental Extended Essay

Depending on which A-Levels you have taken, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following:

Geological Mapping Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Research, Design and Delivery Field Course in Volcanic Processes
Numerical Skills Soil Science Geological Hazards
    Hydrogeology

Ecology and Conservation

You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory. Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. This Pathway has a strong emphasis on fieldwork, designed to encourage you to develop practical skills.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
Aquatic Ecology Populations to Ecosystems Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Global Change Biology Environmental Physiology Animal Behaviour
Zoology Evolution Dissertation
Non-mandatory modules Experimental Design and Delivery Dissertation with External Partner
Spanish Doñana Field Course
may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology
Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
  Introduction to Eco-Innovation Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Research Design and Delivery Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
    Sustainable Agriculture
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Host-Parasite Interactions

Environmental Science

This pathway will teach you the natural and anthropogenic processes affecting the Earth. You will study how rivers, lakes, oceans, the atmosphere, as well as Earth’s internal processes work. You will learn about these processes against the backdrop of environmental change.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules Non-mandatory modules
Earth's Interior Aquatic Biogeochemistry Climate and Society
Geology Atmospheric Science Dissertation
Biogeochemical Cycles Catchment Hydrology Dissertation with Work Placement
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Data Collection and Analysis Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate Energy, Economy and the Environment Geological Hazards
Non-mandatory modules Environmental Design and Analysis Global Change and the Earth System
Depending on which A-Levels you have taken, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following: Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental Hydrogeology
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Geoscience in Practice Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
Numerical Skills Research, Design and Delivery The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
  Soil Science The Dynamic Earth
    Water Resources Management

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.

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