Environment and Sustainability 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

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.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: FD84

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Course Overview

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.

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.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • 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

Second Year

  • Human Impacts on the Environment: Scientific Perspectives
  • Work Placement Module
  • Research Skills in Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and the Environment
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Third Year

  • Environment and Sustainability Dissertation
  • Environment and Sustainability Case Study
  • Clean Technology

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

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

105

0

15

0

15

2

90

15

30

0

15

3

60

30

60

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

In the first year students study 105 credits of compulsory Environment and Sustainability modules and have a choice of one option module from those suggested or one elective offered elsewhere in the University, giving students the opportunity to develop additional skills such as learning a language.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Studying the Environment

15

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

Introductory Geology for the Environmental Sciences

15

Introductory Environmental Chemistry

15

Biodiversity, Ecology and Environment

30

Global Warming or a New Ice Age

15

The Politics of Sustainability

15

Environmental Ethics

15

Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability

15

   

People and the Environment

15

   

 

Field courses

Studying the Environment (local area)

Introductory field day to explore the different aspects of environmental science and sustainability at a local field site (1 day).

Studying the Environment (Centre for Alternative Technology)

A residential weekend to the Centre for Alternative Technology, exploring renewable energy, sustainable living and building, and the geology and physical landscape of the local area.

Studying the Environment (North Wales)*

Residential field course in North Wales, looking at the ecology of marine and terrestrial environments and the environmental impacts of historical mining activities, includes a day of lab work at Keele (5 days).

*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.

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

In the second year students take 90 credits of compulsory Environment and Sustainability modules, and have 30 credits of module choice, at least 15-credits of which must come from a choice of two politics-based modules (see below).  The final 15-credit module choice can be from the remaining politics-based module, from the list of optional modules below or from any available University elective.  Students studying abroad for one semester do not take the 30-credit module Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning, and instead take 15-credits of this module during the semester that they remain at Keele (either Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment or Research and Fieldwork Planning).

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Human Impacts on the Environment:

Scientific Perspectives

15

Environmental Politics and Policy*

15

Work Placement module

15

International Relations of the Environment*

15

Health and the Environment

15

Environmental Analytical Methods

15

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

15

Reconstructing Past Environments

15

Environmental  and Sustainability Impact Assessment and Research Planning

30

Dynamic Geographies

15

   

Geoscience and Society

15

   

Research and Analytical Skills

15

   

Regional Landsystems

15

   

Living Together: Behaviour, Co-operation and Conflict

15

   

Sustainable Chemistry

15

* At least one of these modules must be selected

 

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 year-long, non-credit bearing module:

Core modules

Credits

Work Placement Year

n/a

 

International Year

Information relevant to students taking the International Year is available in Annex A.

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

In the final year of Environment and Sustainability students study 3 compulsory modules (worth 60 credits in total) and choose four other modules (60 credits) with a maximum of 30 credits of elective modules offered across the University.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Economic Development and Environmental Transformation

15

Clean Technology

15

Trees in their Environment

15

EITHER

Local case studies in Environment & Sustainability*

OR

Environment and Sustainability Case

Study*

 

15

 

15

Applied Insect Ecology

15

Applied Fish Biology

15

Conservation Biology

15

Natural Hazards

15

Global Environmental Change

15

Applied GIS

15

Coastal Environments

15

Water Resources

15

Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology

15

Contemporary topics in environmental

science

15

Environmental Politics in the US

15

The Northern Dimension: Resources, environment and security in the Arctic

15

Happiness and Wellbeing

15

Environmental Crime

15

Education for Global Citizenship

15

* Students may not take both Environment and Sustainability Case Study AND Local case studies in Environment & Sustainability

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

 

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