Environmental issues – such as habitat loss, water pollution and climate change – pose a serious threat to the long-term existence of life on Earth.
There are plenty of small ways all of us can help prevent and reverse the damage done to our planet, but if you want to help lead the charge against climate change, learn a skill set that's in demand globally, and secure a rewarding career, this BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management dual degree is the perfect next step.
You'll study in Portsmouth and spend a year at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, getting a global perspective in how the environment is changing and the steps we need to take to reverse this change. You'll develop vital lab experience assessing water quality and analysing pollutants, and put your research skills to work on practical field trips.
By completing modules on topics such as energy resources, environmental impact and assessment, pollution, and aboriginal perspectives on the environment, you'll get a detailed global overview of the problems facing our environment, and the means to start solving them.
When you graduate you'll have a suite of environmental science skills, and a wealth of practical experience in applying them, making you an ideal candidate for many roles in the environmental sector. Your experience of international study and other cultures will make you a particularly attractive employment prospect.
What you'll experience:
- Get practical experience in our environmental labs, using the techniques employed by the world's leading environmental researchers
- Apply what you learn in field trips – from Somerset to Malta – collecting field and data samples in many different cultures, habitats and climates
- Spend 1 year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia
- Develop your leadership and team-working skills by working on group projects in the field and in the lab
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Learning Programme
- Work alongside active research staff in the UK and Australia, and study alongside BA and BSc Geography students, gaining valuable experience and perspective from another scientific discipline
- Graduate with a BSc Environmental Science from ECU alongside your BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management from the University of Portsmouth
Facilities and equipment you'll use includes:
- Geographical Information System (GIS) and photogrammetry labs and Laser survey technology – software and technology that's fundamental to surveying and environmental work
- Plasma spectrometry and electron microscopy – for studying the chemical composition and structure of samples gathered from the field
- Environmental simulation cabinet – a controlled laboratory environment that simulates different environmental conditions
- Analytical instruments such as nutrient auto-analysers, fluorometers and ICP-OES - for biogeochemical testing of water and sediments
Work experience and career planning:
To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
Year 1 (at Portsmouth):
- Ecology, Plants and Human Impact
- Global Environmental Challenges
- Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
- Planet Earth
- Quantitative Methods
- Science for Earth Systems
There are no optional modules in this year.
Year 2 (at Portsmouth):
- Research, Fieldwork and Professional Skills
- Energy Resources
- Environmental Change
- Introduction to Teaching
- Sustainable Environmental Management
- Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques A
- Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques B
- Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring
- Hydrology and Geoenvironmental Risk
- River Processes
Year 3 (at Edith Cowan University):
- Australian Biota
- Geographical Information Systems
- Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment
- Sustainable Water
- Soil and Land Processes
- Ecological Restoration
- Marine and Freshwater Processes
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
There are no optional modules in this year.
Year 4 (at Portsmouth - 6 months)
- Environmental Auditing and Assessment
- Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Laboratory work
- Field work
- Guest speakers
- Online learning
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
You'll be assessed through:
- Field work
- Lab notebook recordings
- Scientific reports
- Site surveys
- Computer-based exercises
- Oral presentations (individual and group)
- Essays (coursework and under exam conditions)
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The necessity of tackling environmental problems, and the importance of sustainability, are gradually being recognised by governments. This means that employment opportunities in the area of environmental science are on the rise.
The global nature of the climate crisis we face means that international experience on a professional and cultural level is also sought after by employers in this sector. The experience you get on field trips abroad, and during your year at Edith Cowan University, will be invaluable to your employment prospects.
When you graduate, you could work in areas such as:
- Pollution monitoring and control
- Waste management
- Environmental audit and assessment
- Climate change study and activism
- Environmental energy
Roles you could take on include:
- Environmental manager
- Environmental chemist
- Environmental consultant
- Geographic information scientist
- Conservation officer
- Waste management manager
- Environmental policy officer
- Climate change modeller
Completing this degree is also the ideal next step to further, postgraduate study. You could further refine your expertise in more specific, connected fields, for example, by doing an Environmental Geology and Contamination MSc or a research degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences.