Environment and Business BA combines the study of environmental and sustainability issues with sound business and management practice. It's concerned with the pressures and opportunities facing business as a result of the contemporary environmental and corporate social responsibility agendas.
If you want to develop skills in the use of concepts, methods and tools that can be used to transform economic, environmental and social pressures into positive business opportunities, this course could be for you. Your background could be in business, geography or other social sciences.
You'll have the opportunity to study modules in the Business School and the School of Law, and to undertake a major environmental enterprise project. Pathways allow you to develop specialist knowledge and skills, which can help you succeed in the employment market.
You'll be taught by leading specialists from across the breadth of our environment and business research disciplines.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".
We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.
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The course is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest or broaden your learning.
In your first year, you'll study the underlying principles of business, the natural environment, and human impacts. Fieldwork and study skills feature strongly in this course and provide a solid foundation for your later independent studies.
In year 2, you'll develop your business skills through a range of core and optional modules influenced by your own interests. In this year you will have interaction with business executives and will work on real world issues in environment and business.
As you extend your analytical skills you will gain a deeper understanding of the issues regarding the interface between the environment and business practices.
Your final year will give you the chance to produce your own work at a professional level through our own final year project. You will be able to choose modules that enable you to pursue your specialist interests. These may include: climate change, law, marketing and advertising, business management, or corporate strategy.
If you choose the MEnv Integrated Masters, you will spend your third year studying at one of our international partner universities, returning to take a final year of Masters-level modules and independent research.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including two preferably from: biology, business studies, English, ethics, geography, history, law, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology.
Offers exclude general studies.
GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language or Mathematics qualification.
Environment and Business graduates are well placed to appreciate the fundamental advantages of a sustainability-oriented approach to business, and to help businesses deliver long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges.
Career options for Environment and Business graduates include environmental consultancy and management, corporate social responsibility. Work opportunities occur in private companies, non-governmental organisations or the public sector.
The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don't apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you've enrolled on the 3-year degree.
To be eligible for Study Abroad you'll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.
The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
You may also be interested in our integrated Masters, which includes a year studying in Australia. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.
You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year industrial degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.
You can choose this option in advance, by applying directly to Environment and Business (Industrial) BA. You can also start on this degree and register your interest in this exciting opportunity after you begin.
The School has strong connections with industry and will help you through the search, application and interview process. You may end up working in or near Leeds, near your home, or perhaps overseas. The School will provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and will support you during your placement, liaising with your employer to ensure that your work is of value to your academic development.
Students who choose the Year in Industry option frequently receive attractive offers of employment when they graduate. The employability benefits include opportunities to:
Read more about Year in Industry on the Year in industry on the School website.
Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. Field classes give students an excellent opportunity to engage with current debates, investigate real world examples and interact with different interest groups in locations around Yorkshire and further afield.
In your first year, you will research a sustainability problem and apply your new research skills to a real world situation. Optional modules include one-day field classes where you will develop skills in data collection and analysis. Second-year fieldwork in research methods involves a residential field class in the Netherlands, where you can apply different research approaches and data collection methods to prepare you for your individual research project in your final year. Some optional modules include one-day field visits where you can gain insights from practitioners about particular environmental issues.
Because we recognise the value of field experience the school covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips. We also contribute to fieldwork costs arising from your final-year research project.
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