Environmental Science and Human Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Environmental Science and Human Biology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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UCAS code: FC71

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Course Overview

In the Environmental Science element of the course, you will develop the scientific understanding and practical skills needed to tackle many of the world’s major environmental (and societal) problems such as climate change, food security, water resources, pollution and conservation. Our Environmental Science course at Keele draws on the expertise of scientists within the disciplines of life sciences, chemical sciences and geosciences to emphasise the role and importance of scientific understanding and practical skills in the analysis and management of environmental problems. Alongside studying topical global environmental issues, you will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of practical, laboratory and field-based skills to take into future employment.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), meaning students can gain free membership of the IES to support their personal and professional development in the environmental sector. All organisations, from private business to local government, increasingly need to engage with environmental issues; hence this is one of the fastest growing areas of employment opportunities. Through completion of a reflective portfolio, you will also have the opportunity to gain accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management alongside your Keele degree.

The Human Biology element of this course is ideal if you’re interested in biology but are looking for a particular focus on the human body and how we’ve adapted to our environment. This course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of the body’s major systems as well as human health and disease and the relationship between the human body with the environment. You might explore the impact of nutrition and the environment on health, how humans in turn impact on the environment, and specialised topics such as human parasitology and human evolution. Keele’s multidisciplinary approach puts human biology in context, so you’ll have input from experts ranging from clinicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, geographers and conservation biologists.  There are opportunities for studying abroad and for work experience; you could even add in a year’s industrial placement to create a four year degree.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates from this programme have opportunities in a wide range of fields, with career paths in science, health, industry or the media. You might become a nutritionist, dietitian, health promotion specialist, clinical molecular geneticist, counsellor, adult nurse, sports therapist, or technical author. Alternatively, you could pursue opportunities in postgraduate research, teacher training, occupational therapy, journalism, nursing or medicine.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Environmental Science Skills
  • Introductory Geology For The Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Introductory Environmental Chemistry

Second Year

  • Human Impacts on the Environment: Scientific Perspectives
  • Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning
  • Environmental Analytical Methods

Third Year

  • Applied Environmental Science Independent Researcg Project
  • Clean Technology*
  • Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science*
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study*
  • Applied Insect Ecology*
  • Applied Fish Biology*
  • Trees in Their Environment*
  • Natural Hazards*
  • Hydrological and Engineering Geology*
  • Advanced Topics in Sedimentology*
  • Global Environmental Change*
  • Applied GIS*
  • Coastal Environments*
  • Water Resources*
  • Conservation Biology*

*Three Modules To Be Selected

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Environmental Science -  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Environmental Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

15

30

45

0

15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Human Biology -  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Human Biology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

0

3*

15

45

75

0

0

*Variations in Year 3:

Students combining with Biochemistry must select a 30 credit Life Sciences Double Experimental Project or Double Applied Life Sciences Placement.

There is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

Students who specialise in Human Biology must select a 30 credit Life Sciences Double Experimental Project or Double Applied Life Sciences Placement.  

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Environmental Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Level 6 (combined Honours) students study the Dissertation module (15 credits) and two or three option modules from the list below (45 credits). It is the programme norm and it is expected that combined honours students will take the single (15 credit) project module. However, in discussion with the Programme Director and project supervisor, where it is deemed appropriate combined honours students may be permitted to take the 30 credit Dissertation module (and choose only two option modules).   

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

15

Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

15

   

Clean Technology

15

   

Conservation Biology

15

   

Applied Insect Ecology

15

   

Applied Fish Biology

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Water Resources

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

 

Geography Year 3 (Level 6) (Combined Honours)

Students take either 60 credits from the options below, or 45 credits from this list plus 15 credits from an elective outside this list. Students may take no more than one of the ISPs on this list, and do not need to take a Geography Independent Study Project (ISP) as long as there is an ISP included within their overall combined honours module diet.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Double Dissertation ISP

30

   

Single Dissertation ISP

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development & Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children & Youth

15

   

Environment and Sustainability Case Study

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Environmental Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Students study 60-credits of compulsory core modules.  Students studying abroad for one semester do not take the 30-credit module ESC-20079 (Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning), and instead take 15-credits of this module in the semester that they remain at Keele for.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Human Impacts on the Environment:

Scientific Perspectives

15

None

 

Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning

30

   

Environmental Analytical Methods

15

   

 

Field courses

  Environmental and Sustainability Impact

Assessment and Research Planning (local)

Based in a local country park, students work in project groups to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).  (1 day)

  Environmental and Sustainability Impact

Assessment and Research Planning (residential)

A residential field course investigating issues of environmental science and management (6-8 days depending on dates of Easter vacation).   In 2016/17 options were the Lake District, UK or Bordeaux, France.

*Note about field courses: these may change depending on factors such as staff availability, staff changes, staff expertise, costs, student numbers, other factors outside of our control (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions etc.). Locations of 'local area' field days change on a year by year basis.

 

Work Placement Year

Students taking the 4-year with ‘work placement year’ undertake their work placement between Year-2 and Year-3 of their degree programme. During the work placement year, students undertake a work placement (minimum 30 weeks full time (1,050 hours) or equivalent) with an environmentally-focussed company or organisation. Students take the ESC-30042 (non-credit bearing) Work Placement Year module.

Core modules

Credits

Work placement year

n/a

   

 

Human Biology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Human Genetics

15

Neurodevelopment

15

Research and Analytical Skills

15

Human Impacts on the Environment, scientific perspectives

15

   

Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology

15

   

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites

15

   

Nutrition and Energy Balance

15

   

Health and the Environment

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Study Abroad Modules

30

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Environmental Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Level 6 (combined Honours) students study the Dissertation module (15 credits) and two or three option modules from the list below (45 credits). It is the programme norm and it is expected that combined honours students will take the single (15 credit) project module. However, in discussion with the Programme Director and project supervisor, where it is deemed appropriate combined honours students may be permitted to take the 30 credit Dissertation module (and choose only two option modules).   

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

15

Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

15

   

Clean Technology

15

   

Conservation Biology

15

   

Applied Insect Ecology

15

   

Applied Fish Biology

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Water Resources

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

 

Human Biology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Human Biology and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

OR

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience3

15

Human Parasitology4

15

Conservation Biology5

15

Advances in Medicine

15

Brain Disease

15

Human Evolution

15

Students taking Human Biology and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

OR

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

OR

Life Sciences Dissertation

OR

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

Biology of Disease

15

Cancer Biology

15

Regeneration & Repair in the Nervous System6

15

Developmental Biology

15

Biomedical Engineering

15

1 The Applied Life Sciences Placement modules may replace Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) modules if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.  

2 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

3 Prerequisite: Learning and Memory.

4Prerequisite: Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology or Microbes, Viruses and Parasites.

5Prerequisite: Human Impacts on the Environment, scientific perspectives.

6Prerequisite: Neurodevelopment.

 

Note: All option module combinations are subject to timetabling.

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Environmental Science in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Clean Technology

15

Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

15

Applied Insect Ecology

15

   

Applied Fish Biology

15

   

Trees in their Environment

15

   

Conservation Biology

15

   

Natural Hazards

15

   

Hydrological and Engineering Geology

15

   

Global Environmental Change

15

   

Applied GIS

15

   

Coastal Environments

15

   

Water Resources

15

   

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

 

Field courses: The field courses undertaken during the third year will depend on the modules chosen. It should be noted that for many students their Independent Project work is likely to include a significant amount of fieldwork.

 

NB: if you choose to specialise in Human Biology in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

N.B. Students choose six 15-credit modules from

the optional/elective choices below*

Credits

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience3

15

Human Parasitology4

15

Conservation Biology5

15

Advances in Medicine

15

Brain Disease

15

Human Evolution

15

   

Biology of Disease

15

   

Cancer Biology

15

   

Regeneration & Repair in the Nervous

System6

15

   

Developmental Biology

15

   

Biomedical Engineering

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az