Environmental Sciences (Ecosystem Management) with Placement (MEnvSci (Hons))

Newcastle University

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The award
MEnvSci (Hons)

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About Environmental Sciences (Ecosystem Management) with Placement at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This degree provides you with a firm foundation in the environmental sciences before you specialise in ecosystem management. You'll boost your employability with a year-long work placement and a year of advanced study at Master's level.

At a Glance

UCAS Code
FC81

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
MEnvSci Honours

Course Duration
5 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 34 points

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Opportunities
Study abroad
Work placement

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The first three Stages of this degree follow the same programme as our Environmental Sciences BSc Honours degree.

Between Stages 2 and 3 you take a year-long work placement in a relevant environmental sector, gaining valuable work experience.

In Stage 4 you specialise in:

  • experimentation
  • wildlife surveying and monitoring techniques
  • habitat and species management methods
  • writing management and action plans

Specialist topics include:

  • environment and habitat assessment
  • biodiversity conservation: policy and practice
  • ecological survey techniques

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

Environmental Sciences at Newcastle is highly regarded. We rank in the top ten universities in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

We also achieved a 97% overall student satisfaction score, ranking us 4th in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Environmental Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

What you will study

What you will study

In the first three Stages you build a firm foundation of knowledge in the environmental sciences. You learn about the processes within ecosystems and how we can manage our natural resources more effectively.

You will develop key knowledge in:

  • biology
  • geography
  • geology
  • policy making
  • law

In order to promote conservation and sustainability in everyday life, you will also learn about the role of social and economic factors, ethics and public perception in environmental management.

On an MEnvSci degree, in Stage 4, you also take specialist modules at Master's level, preparing you for a professional career in the environmental sector. 

A substantial research project accounts for a quarter of your time this year. It equips you with experience of working in a research environment and may involve scientific research or a consultancy-based investigation.

Flexible degree structure

Flexible degree structure

We offer several Environmental Science degrees including a three-year BSc degree and a suite of four-year MEnvSci degrees.

We understand that you might not be sure which area of environmental science you want to specialise in, or whether you want to study to BSc or MEnvSci level.

All our students, regardless of which degree they are registered on, study the same modules for the first three years. This means you can transfer between degree programmes up until the end of Stage 2 if you want to.

Transfer from our BSc to an MEnvSci degree, and progress to Stage 4 of an MEnvSci degree, is subject to you meeting the appropriate academic standard.

Study abroad (optional)

Study abroad (optional)

UK and EU students may choose to undertake their optional work placement abroad, through the Erasmus scheme. You will gain an international perspective on your studies and see environmental science practice in another country.

We have well-established exchanges with many European Universities, including in:

  • France
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • the Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Estonia

Find out more about international opportunities on our study abroad pages.

Research and project work

Research and project work

Our MEnv degrees include an additional year of advanced level study, including a high level of research work, to prepare you for a professional career in the environmental sector.

Throughout the degree you will learn and develop the skills needed to conduct your own research both as an individual and as part of a group. This may involve scientific research or consultancy-based investigations.

Project work gives you the chance to develop essential skills in planning and carrying out research, as well as being an opportunity to explore a topic of interest in more detail.

In your final year you will study modules at postgraduate level and undertake a major research project. This can be carried out as a piece of consultancy work for a company or might contribute to on-going research work in our research institutes.

Recent projects have explored:

  • the changing role of the country pub
  • the future for market towns
  • renewable energy generation in rural communities
  • women in rural enterprise

Fieldwork and practical skills

Fieldwork and practical skills

Throughout your degree you will have opportunities to develop practical skills and enhance your employability.

In Stage 1, we introduce you to basic field skills through a variety of field visits to the surrounding countryside, including the Northumberland coast and the Cheviot Hills.

In Stage 2, a field-based module trains you in field techniques, providing you with practice in designing and planning an investigation and testing of hypotheses, as well as skills in environmental monitoring.

In Stage 3, you take part in a week-long residential field course, which develops your ecological research skills and professional skills in writing and presenting reports.

Facilities and support

This degree is run by the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, located at the heart of campus in the Agriculture Building.

Facilities

You'll have access to: 

  • an experimental station providing field laboratories for evaluation and testing of ecologically friendly pesticides and biocontrol agents
  • well-equipped modern laboratories
  • two University farms, used for research, teaching and demonstration: Cockle Park Farm and Nafferton Farm

Support

You'll have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree, who can help with academic and personal issues.

The student-staff committee gives you a say in how your degree works.

You'll have access to a peer mentor in your first year

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 34 points

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