Environmental Science and Management (Dual Degree) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Environmental Science and Management Dual Degree
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.
This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).
When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Management from the University of Portsmouth
- BSc Environmental Science from Edith Cowan University
Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.
You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of environmental science and conservation than on a single degree, as well as gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.
All of this helps you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.
You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.
You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.
Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.
Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.
- A levels - AAB-ABB
- UCAS points - 128-136 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) (calculate your UCAS points)
- Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
See alternative English language qualifications
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- 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
Live webinar - Managing fire and water in a changing climate
Wednesday 27 October
12.00pm – 2.00pm GMT (7.00pm – 9.00pm Perth)
Join ECU and UoP experts exploring how human activities contribute to marine pollution and threats of wildfires in Australia and UK.
Register here and the webinar link will be sent prior to the event.
Careers and opportunities
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.
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.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.
In years 1, 2 and 3 you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
In your final year (which lasts 6 months), you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Environmental Auditing and Assessment
- Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
Changes to course content
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
How you're assessed
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.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.
In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 7–9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 but this depends which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
University of Portsmouth (years 1, 2 and 4)
The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
You'll finish your final year in December.
Edith Cowan University (year 3)
The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:
- February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
- June – exam period 1
- July to October – semester 2
- November – exam period 2
You'll start year 3 at ECU in semester 2 in July, finishing in semester 1 in May.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Personal tutors and country link tutor
You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.
Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You’ll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- Years 1 and 2 – £9,250 a year
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
- Years 1 and 2 – £9,250 a year
- Year 3 – £1,385
- Year 4 – £4,625
Includes Transition Scholarship. Fees may be subject to annual increase).
- Year 1 – to be confirmed
- Year 2 –to be confirmed
- Year 3 – to be confirmed
- Year 4 –to be confirmed
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
You'll need to pay for meals and other living costs in the range of £50–£200 while completing compulsory fieldwork, depending on location and duration. Travel and accommodation costs for compulsory fieldwork are covered by your course fee.
You'll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually cost £50–£2,000.
You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.
The Edith Cowan University website has information on your accommodation options.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – F910
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar course once you're at Portsmouth or study this course as a single degree if you decide not to attend Edith Cowan University in year 3.
Come to an Open Day
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.