Working towards a sustainable, healthy future for people and the environment is a priority. Climate change scenarios indicate the urgent need to work towards this. The Environmental Science degree at Liverpool Hope is designed to give you the best possible opportunities to develop practical skills relevant to the workplace and to deal with the growing global concerns over the environment.
The degree covers various aspects of Environmental Science through an investigation of environmental geosciences (geology, Earth materials, environmental resources and hazard management), biodiversity, ecology, aspects of environmental biology, and human/environment interactions. The degree also looks at environmental challenges such as habitat loss, climate change, resource management, and a range of other key environmental issues.
Environmental Science prepares you to work individually and collectively towards an environmentally sustainable and socially conscious future. After completing the degree, you will have appropriate knowledge and understanding that makes you well suited to contributing to the solutions presented by the environmental challenges facing modern society.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 20-25 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. There are also a number of fieldtrips each year, as well as the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Our BSc Environmental Science degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. If you successfully complete this accredited degree you are eligible for graduate membership of CIEEM and use the letters Grad CIEEM after your name. Visit the CIEEM website for further details.
Throughout your three years of study, you will be assessed in a number of ways, including written exams, coursework (consisting of both essays and reports), portfolios, a literature review, academic posters, and presentations. In your final year you will also complete a dissertation.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The topics you will study in each year are listed below. As well as these, there are a number of fieldwork opportunities. Fieldwork and visits are a key component of this degree – you will go on either short day trips or longer residential fieldwork. Locations typically include Malta, Snowdonia National Park, and local destinations such as the World Museum (Liverpool), Merseyside BioBank and the North Wirral and Sefton coasts.
You will explore key concepts in geology, the geological history of the Earth (and of the UK), and the role of geological processes in landscape development.
You gain an understanding of environmental resource management.
Discover the formation and significance of minerals, rocks, fossils, sediments and soils.
You are introduced to the diversity of life, energy flow and resource acquisition.
You study developmental biology, comparative anatomy and physiology, human evolution and genetics, and biology in society.
The topic includes studying biological conservation and species management.
You will study Geospatial data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
You consider and evaluate themes and debates surrounding sustainability, sustainable development, environmental resource management, climate change, and the Anthropocene.
An exploration of environmental changes such as those associated with the cryosphere and during the Quaternary.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
Environmental challenges (local, national and global environmental issues) require specialist knowledge and skills to address them and as a graduate in Environmental Science, you will be equipped to meet the science or environmental management needs of industry and other employers. Employment opportunities also exist in growth areas such as sustainable development, renewable energy industries, and in the development of green economies, in both the private and public sectors.
Liverpool, and Merseyside as a whole, has significant employment opportunities to offer to science graduates as it is home to Liverpool Science Park, is the Biomanufacturing Capital of Europe (Liverpool City Region), and is home to a growing environmental technologies sector within the Merseyside region.
In your final year, your Honours Project can be completed through a work placement. This placement enables you to gain relevant environmental work experience so that you can apply your environmental knowledge and experiences into a work setting. Please note that you must organise this work placement yourself.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as your tuition fees, you need to consider the cost of key texts for the degree, which are approximately £200. You are also expected to pay for any fieldtrips (both compulsory and optional) – costs vary depending on the location but usually they total approximately £400. For the fieldtrips you will need fieldwork equipment such as boots and a waterproof jacket, we estimate these to cost around £100.
There is a small cost for Student CIEEM membership, and once you graduate, there is a registration fee and annual fee thereafter for Graduate Membership – full details of costs can be found on the CIEEM website.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.