Environmental Management BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Environmental Management
Sustainability and environmental responsibility are some of the biggest issues of our time. If you want a career that allows you to steer the public, industry or governments towards a greener future, this BSc (Hons) Environmental Management degree course is the next step you've been looking for.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). You'll get an in-depth understanding of environmental management and conservation and be taught by staff who are working on the latest research and have experience in the industry. You'll learn how to measure and monitor human impact on the environment, both in the field and in our laboratory and IT facilities.
You'll graduate this course with the skill and knowledge to work in environmental management in the public sector, industry and consultancy.
What you'll experience
On this degree course you’ll:
- Develop a detailed understanding of sustainability and environmental management through class and field-based study
- Learn essential transferable skills for employment, such as environmental communication, problem solving, decision making, team working and IT
- Develop your independent research skills with an applied environmental management project in your third year – potentially on behalf of a major company
- Enjoy access to outstanding laboratory and IT facilities, including industry-standard geographic information systems (GIS)
- Take your learning out of the classroom with absorbing site visits in the UK and to locations like Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda
- Develop valuable contacts through our excellent links to industry and guest speakers from environmental consultancies and organisations
- Get hands-on experience with the chance to do a paid placement year working with a relevant employer
- Be able to study overseas through the Erasmus exchange scheme
- Access additional learning and employability resources through our partnership with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry with mentoring and support throughout the year.
Previous students have completed work placements at:
- Ministry of Defence
- The Conservation Volunteers
- National Trust
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. We have an agreement with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), which has links to relevant placement employers and a website advertising placement opportunities.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental management and sustainability sector in areas such as:
- environmental management
- business management
- carbon and resource management
- impact assessment
- water and waste industry construction
- teaching and environmental education
Previous students have gone on to work in roles such as:
- environmental consultant
- coastal or river management
- water industry employee
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) so what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry.
This gives you an edge over graduates who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs. It also allows you to become a member of the IEMA during the course and apply for the IEMA Graduate Standard (GradIEMA) award when you graduate.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you'll need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs.
On a sandwich year, you'll need to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence associated with placement. These costs will be in the region of £50–£1000.
In the final year you may choose optional units which have field trips associated varying between £300 - £2000. Other non-field based options are available at no cost.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
The first year assumes you have no prior knowledge of environmental management and sustainability. It gives you an introduction to the subject and an understanding of the key skills you need within the degree programme.
Core units in this year include:
- Global Environmental Challenges
- Environmental Processes and Hazards
- Society and Place
- Tools for Geographical Enquiry
- Practical Fieldwork Skills
- Academic Communication Skills
There are no optional units in this year.
The second year focuses on developing core knowledge in relation to environmental sustainability and management. It focuses on current issues and practice.
Core units in this year include:
- Sustainable Environmental Management
- Environmental Footprinting
- Researching our World: Practice
- Researching our World: Theory
- Employability Skills
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Glaciers and Glaciation
- Environmental and Climate Change: Theory
- Mapping and Modelling Our World
- Geographies of Development
- Economic Development and Inequality in the UK
The third year focuses on developing practical and professional skills associated with being an environmental manager. In particular, it focuses on applied environmental management skills.
Core units in this year include:
- Conservation Biogeography
- Applied Sustainability
- Independent Research
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Environment and Development
- Cold Environments
- River Processes and Management
- GIS in the Workplace
- Waste Management and Environmental Pollution
Modelling Causal Relationships
Creative Economy, People and Place
Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- lectures – live and online
The focus of this course is on the course is on identifying environmental issues and current monitoring and management-based techniques. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.
There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 27% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 73% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 28% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 72% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 81% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- consultancy reports
- applied projects
- media-based assessments
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 way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 52% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 40% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 63% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you want to start this course in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – F847
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
- Subject Area
- Earth sciences
- Geography and environmental sciences