Environmental Geography with Professional Experience
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
There has never been a more urgent need to study the environment. If you are passionate about finding solutions to protect precious ecosystems, read on to explore how our BSc Environmental Geography with Professional Experience degree can give you the skills, knowledge and experience you will need.
Unique learning experience
Combining the investigative approach of geography with the applied skills of environmental management, our BSc Environmental Geography with Professional Experience degree offers a unique learning experience. Delivered over three years, this best of both worlds approach offers a unique opportunity to develop skills used by contemporary environment-based professionals and researchers.
A unique course feature is the integrated industry placement during your second year. Working with a key industrial partner or organisation of your choice, this hands-on learning experience provides an excellent opportunity to put geographical and environmental theory into practice.
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- Become a next-generation geographer as you build a hybrid skill set grounded in geography, geology and environmental management
- Acquire knowledge from internationally recognised experts working with industry on live environment projects
- Build applied skills as you complete a placement with an environment-based organisation
This is for you if...
You want to build practical skills by including a placement related to geography and environmental studies as part of your studies
You're looking for a future-focused course that can equip you with the knowledge and skills to help tackle environmental issues
You like the idea of learning in smaller classes, with more direct access to expert academics and industry partners
All about the course
Become a next-generation geographer with our BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography with Professional Experience degree. Delivered over three years of study, including an integrated industry placement, this exclusive course will help you to advance your geography and environmental management knowledge and skills.
- During your first year, you will follow modules designed to increase your subject knowledge and prepare you for the rest of the course. You will look at the effects of climate change, earth surface processes, fluvial processes, food security, sustainability and environmental management. You'll also build your confidence by developing applied and practical skills through a UK-based residential field course.
- The learning approach changes in your second year as you build practical skills with an industry placement. Following a taught element in trimester one, you will complete a placement for the remainder of the year. Placements can be with international, national or local organisations, working on a wide range of issues from tackling climate change and sustainability goals, to delivering transport solutions or river restoration management.
- Returning to Salford for your final year, you'll build further knowledge about mitigating climate change and focus your studies with options that include environmental modelling, remote sensing, corporate environmental management, environmental decision making and sustainable cities. To fulfil your degree, you will complete a dissertation (independent research project) focusing on your chosen area of climatic and environmental change.
Fieldwork is a key element of this course and trips are aligned with the specialist modules to develop applied skills and gain practical experience.
Small group teaching is another key course benefit, and there are strong links between course content and University research projects.
On this course, you will undertake industry placement in your second year of study. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.
The module develops your academic skills and helps you develop your personal and professional skills for study and for work. You will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules. Academic Tutorials module comprise lecture\workshop sessions and a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in groups of between six and eight. The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress through your first year.
Applied Skills and Field Course
The Applied skills and fieldwork module provides lectures and associated practical activities (in trimester 1) to identify and source data, describe, and utilise environmental statistics to develop writing and analytical skills associated with spatial and temporal variations in real world data.
In Trimester 2 lectures investigate the role of qualitative research methods and build background detail before the residential field course takes place. Post field course sessions provide opportunities for feedback, questions and guidance before the final assessment. This module introduces water, glaciers, climate change and a mixed methods approach to both desk and field based activities. You will explore these themes through a combination of lectures, practical computer lab sessions and field work.
Earth Surface Processes
An introduction to the physical processes operating across the geosphere and biosphere to provide a solid basis to understand their influence on the landscape and ecosystems. The module looks at the inter-relationships between both environmental and ecological processes with a focus on the impact on human activity. Case studies explore key concepts such as climate change, geohazards and biodiversity.
Environmental resources include food, energy and water. Spatial and temporal variation in the availability of these resources is arguably the most important issue for society in the twenty first century. This module introduces energy, water, minerals, and food resources as fundamental topics in environmental resources management and examines current problems related to climate change, food security, water availability and pollution. You will explore these themes through a combination of case study work, site visits, and field and laboratory work.
People, Place and Space
This module examines the role of people in shaping the human environment and focuses on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. You will learn about how the shape and form of cities is influenced by social and political issues, and how new technologies are changing the nature of human interactions in cities, states and across the world.
Sustainability and Environment
You will examine sustainability at local, national and global scales and explore a range of case studies. Sustainability is a concept that cuts across disciplines and provides a framework for managing environmental issues. Project work will allow you apply your knowledge of the principles of sustainable development to assess and classify real-world problems and suggest solutions.
In year 2, you will study the following modules in Trimester 1, followed by a placement in Trimester 2:
Geographical Information Systems and Science (BSc)
This module introduces you to the theory and practical implementation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to solve environmental and geographical problems. The module will explore the principles relating to how we represent the world inside a computer, before looking at the analytical methods that can be applied to solve spatial problems. You will learn how to be a critical user and how to design and implement solutions using industry standard GIS software. Part of the module is delivered in conjunction with industry partners.
Fluvial and Glacial Systems
This module introduces the concepts and theories that underpin fluvial and glacial systems including hill slope processes, fluvial network development and glacial teleconnections. You will explore the stability characteristics of fluvial systems in UK-based fieldwork and the hydrological and geochemical properties of rivers in Alpine environments. The learning will draw on case studies from AquaUoS the schools Environmental Consultancy to enable you to explore the relationships between regulatory frameworks, topography, environmental constraints, and sustainable river decision-making. Key agencies, such as River Trusts and the Environment Agency, will also play a role in delivery, providing students with a flavour of employment opportunities in the sector.
Occupational Risk Management
This module examines occupational health and safety legislation, policy and practice in a range of contexts including those involving public safety. It explores the concepts and principles of controlling risks to workers, assessing and controlling risks, and the legislation and guidance designed to control workplace risks.
Applied Environmental Skills (Geography)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to critically evaluate applied environmental science concepts, practical methodologies and complex scientific issues using a range of primary and secondary information sources. The lecture sessions will assist detailed knowledge development and understanding of key multi-disciplinary issues in the forefront of environmental sciences.
Dissertation (40 credits)
You will undertake independent research guided by the literature relevant to your chosen field of study, to deploy techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline. Provided by the practical skills you will be supported by an academic supervisor to design and execute a dissertation project with an understanding of the roles of ethics and risk assessment.
Mitigating Climate Change
You will develop a detailed understanding of the scientific principles underlying how changing climate has an effect on the natural world, urban environments and society. Through this knowledge you will be able to appreciate the implications of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems and society, and identify what adaptions can be made to mitigate climate change.
You will then be able to choose several options from:
Corporate Environmental Management
Corporations and organisations are continuously having to make choices about their products and services which have significant environmental implications. Corporate environmental managers are required to support and ensure organisations and businesses minimise their environmental impact and actively work towards a more global sustainable future. This module looks at the details and gives practical work-based experience for those wishing to explore a career in environmental management.
Development and Global Challenges
In the first part of the module, we will critically engage with the evolution of development theories and approaches, and their relationship with wider global phenomena such as colonialism and globalization. In the second part, we will understand the concept of Sustainable Development and investigate a range of global challenges such as food security, poverty, inequality, migration, energy security and climate change. The module will draw upon a range of diverse case studies from the global south and the global north and will allow students to focus more in depth in the study of one of the indicated global challenges.
Environmental Remote Sensing
This module will explore the principles and applications of remotely sensed data with an emphasis on terrestrial applications and optical remote sensing systems. You will learn about the use of satellite and aircraft sensor data to solve environmental problems. You will carry out a real-world, group-based, problem-driven project for a client using remotely sensed imagery.
Modelling Environmental Systems
This module will give you an introduction in the role and implementation of models to solve environmental problems. Environmental modelling is an important tool across policy and decision making in fields such as conservation, wildlife management, biodiversity and climate change. The module consists of a combination of lectures and computer practicals where you will get hands on experience of different types of models and how they are used to inform environmental decision making. The module is focused on the use of models rather than on mathematical or technical aspects of model development, and so will benefit anyone interested in the rapidly increasing role of models in environmental policy.
Environment and Wellbeing
This module explores the relationships between human health and environment and the epidemiology and geographical distribution of disease. You will assess the availability and accessibility of health services and their influence on well-being in communities and explore the principles and techniques for health promotion. The module is set in the context of the impacts that environmental factors (including socio-economic factors) have on health and wellbeing.
Environmental Decision Making Systems
This module examines the role of decision-making in the management of natural resources and ecosystem services. You will investigate the role of environmental modelling in supporting environmental decision-making and assess the effectiveness of decision-making tools including Environmental Impact Assessment, hazard and risk analysis, and life-cycle analysis.
River Restoration and Management
You will learn about the relationships between fluvial processes, and river restoration and management strategies. Underpinning theory on river hydromorphology, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment processes provides a sound basis for evaluating the success of different river engineering strategies. Field work in UK rivers provides practical experience of the impacts of river management, and an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Overall, Sustainable Cities is a broad module covering a wide variety of topics, allowing you to focus on elements relevant to your specific field of study. This module will engage with a host of ideas and concepts, from urban agriculture, which involves farming in cities, to methods for greening cities and the role of key actors in managing these spaces. Semester two focuses on the rise of megacities, with a specific focus on the social and environmental issues present in such complex environments; it builds on the themes from semester one and enables you to focus on a topic which is of interest to you.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
Teaching is through a combination of methods. These include:
- Practical classes
- Computer based learning
- Project work
Assessments will be based on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. This will include:
- Field reports
- Reflective diaries
- Problem-solving exercises
- Data analysis
- Research projects
Assessments will involve a mixture of group and individual work.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.
Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.
You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.
As an environmental geography student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
We are heavily-invested in research and industry collaboration focused on enhancing sustainability and tackling climate change. An example of this is our Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Living Lab.
The Lab is part of the ground-breaking IGNITION project - a £4 million EU-funded initiative that brings together 12 organisations in the Greater Manchester area.
What about after uni?
There is rising demand for professionals with geography and environmental management skills. Equipped with theoretical subject knowledge, and practical skills developed during your industry placement, you'll be well-positioned to launch an exciting career making a difference.
With a growing focus on sustainability and tackling climate change, a wide range of organisations need skilled professionals to help them to comply with legislation and conform to standards. Many environment-focused not-for-profit organisations are also opening up more roles that can help tackle the impact of climate change.
The course can open up a broad range of career paths. Example employers could include:
- Environmental consultancies
- Local authorities
- Utility companies (water, electricity and gas)
- Charity and third sector organisations concerned with environmental protection
Today, you will find our geography alumni working with environmental consultancies, utility companies, transport logistics and housing organisations. Some have taken their subject passion back into the classroom through primary and secondary teaching, while others have remained in academia and industry-based research.
You might find you want to learn more about the environment through further study. Building on our subject expertise, we offer a range of focused postgraduate courses where you can gain specialist knowledge. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a generous fees discount.
The University has a range of unique links with organisations who highly-value the skills of geographers and environmental managers. Examples include:
- Environmental consultancies: Atkins, WSP, AECOM and others.
- Government bodies: The Environment Agency, DEFRA and local authorities
- Charities: Northern Roots, the largest urban farm and eco-park in the country
- University enterprises: physical and environmental consultancy and the Centre or Applied Archaeology
- Business and organisations: Peel Land & Property
What you need to know
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. You will be interested in the broad fields of geography and environmental management, with passion for sustainability, climate change and related areas.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below
UCAS tariff points
112 UCAS points - Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.
112 UCAS points - Geography preferred but not essential. General Studies is accepted in combination with other A level subjects.
BTEC National Diploma
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year three
Access to HE
112 UCAS points from QAA approved Access to HE Diploma
112 UCAS points from Higher Leve, Geography preferred but not essential.
Irish Leaving Certificate
112 UCAS points from Higher Level, Geography preferred but not essential.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£15,600per year|
|Part-time||2021/22||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
|Full-time home||2022/23||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2022/23||£15900per year|
|Part-time||2022/23||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Travel to and from the placement in second year us an additional cost.
All other field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money.
International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
International Student Scholarships
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.
Learn more about our latest international scholarships.
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