Environment and Sustainability

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Geography, Geology and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

This course crosses the traditional divide between the natural and social sciences, providing the necessary holistic perspective to understand environment and sustainability issues and to develop strategies to work towards a more sustainable future.

For society to tackle the environmental and sustainability problems we now face, we need people who can grapple with both the scientific and human aspects of those issues. That’s why this innovative course is taught across three different faculties, integrating a range of disciplines including the geo and environmental sciences, life sciences, chemical sciences, politics and international relations, management, and health amongst others. There is a strong emphasis on the development and application of skills, including practical fieldwork and engagement with professionals working in the environment and sustainability sector through work placement opportunities. 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.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Environment and Sustainability.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
  • Introductory Geology for the Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology and Environment
  • The Politics of Sustainability
  • Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability
  • People and the Environment

Elective modules: 

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Introductory Environmental Chemistry
  • Global Warming or a New Ice Age
  • Environmental Ethics 

Field courses:

Introduction to Environment and Sustainability 

  • Local area (1 day)
  • Centre for Alternative Technology, Mid-Wales (2 days, 2 nights)
  • Environmental Science techniques, North Wales (5 days) 

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Human Impacts on the Environment: Scientific Perspectives
  • Work placement module
  • Research Skills in Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and the Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Elective modules:

  • Environmental Politics and Policy*
  • International Relations of the Environment*
  • Practical Physical Geography
  • Environmental Analytical Methods
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Geoscience and Society
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Regional Landsystems
  • Living Together: Behaviour, Co-operation and Conflict
  • Sustainable Chemistry

Field courses:

  • Research Skills in Environment and Sustainability - A UK-based residential field course investigating issues of environmental management and sustainability and environmental change local to the area (7 days) or an overseas residential field course.

*Students must choose at least one of these modules as an elective.

Third year

Core modules:

  • Environment and Sustainability dissertation
  • Environment and Sustainability Case study
  • Local case studies in Environment & Sustainability
  • Clean Technology

Elective modules:

  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation
  • Trees in their Environment
  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Applied Fish Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Applied GIS
  • Coastal Environments
  • Water Resources
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology
  • Contemporary topics in environmental science
  • Environmental Politics in the US
  • The Northern Dimension: Resources, environment and security in the Arctic

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.

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students. 

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 27%
  • Guided independent study – 73%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 31%
  • Guided independent study – 63%

 Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Keele’s Environment and Sustainability programme is a leader in its field in the UK, offering an exciting way to look at a subject of major relevance to today’s society and to put it into different global contexts. Graduates in Environment and Sustainability might go on to further study, or enter careers in a wide range of disciplines and organisations – perhaps in business or industry where sustainability concerns are becoming ever more part of core business, or with a non-governmental organisation; charity; local, regional or central government; environmental consultancy; or an environmental regulatory body.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Environment and Sustainability with Foundation Year: F750 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Environment and Sustainability programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 


This programme is accredited by: the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)