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. The impact of climate change. highlighted by Great Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough, reveals the impact societies make on precious ecosystems. If you are passionate about finding solutions, 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
Our BSc Environmental Geography degree offers a unique learning experience. To explore the significant environmental challenges faced by society, the course gives you the opportunity to combine the investigative approach of geography with the applied skills of environmental management.
Delivered across three years using a modular curriculum, you will study a range of modules that will develop your skills in geographical investigation, while you study how to mitigate and ameliorate climatic and environmental changes. This best of both worlds approach offers a unique opportunity for you to develop those skills required by contemporary environment-based professionals and researchers.
A unique feature of this course is the integrated industry placement during year two. Here, you will study taught modules during the first trimester, before undertaking a placement in industry during trimesters two and three. The experience provides an excellent opportunity to see geographical and environmental themes in practice, working with one of our key industrial partners or another organisation of your choice.
- Have opportunity to undertake a placement with a geographical and/or environmental organisation
- Be taught by internationally recognised experts in a number of fields of Geography and Environmental Management
- Study across both Geography and Environmental Management subject areas
This is for you if...
You want to experience a placement related to geography and environmental studies as part of your course
You want to combine environment and geographical studies, allowing for more variety and choice
You like learning in smaller groups in tutorials, seminars and lectures
All about the course
BSc Environmental Geography with Professional Experience is a unique course delivered over three years of study, during which you will develop and advance your geography and environmental management knowledge and skills.
- During the first year, you will follow a structured suite of modules, carefully designed to increase your subject knowledge, develop confidence and prepare you for the rest of the programme. Themes covered include the effects of climate change, earth surface processes, food security, fluvial processes, resources, sustainability and how to manage impacts on the environment. The first year also looks to develop practical skills which you get to practice and implement on a UK-based residential field course.
- In the second year you will experience a placement as part of the course. Following a taught element in trimester one, you will undertake a placement in an organisation for trimester two, working at the forefront of themes within the geographical and environment sectors. Placements can range from international organisations, to national or local bodies, working on tackling climate change and sustainability goals, to transport solutions, river restoration management and beyond.
- In the final year you will undertake a dissertation (independent research project) and a compulsory module in Mitigating Climate Change. In addition, you will have the option to study themes around environmental modelling, remote sensing, corporate environmental management, environmental decision making and sustainability in urban areas. For your dissertation you will be encouraged to develop a topic around the mitigation and amelioration of climate 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.
What about after uni?
Salford geography graduates have gone on to work in environmental consultancies, utility companies, transport logistics, housing organisations, and have pursued careers in primary and secondary teaching. Others have gone on to take master's or PhD degrees in a geographical discipline.
The course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. These include report writing and presentation skills, data interpretation and IT skills, and team work and project management skills.
There is growing demand for professionals with geography and environmental management skills. A wide range of organisations need skilled professional to help them to comply with legislation and conform to standards. Many environment-focused not-for-profit organisations are also increasing the range of roles to help tackle the impact of climate change.
Environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies (such as water, electricity and gas), and organisations within the voluntary sector are all concerned with the protection of the environment. A wide range of organisations employ environmental managers to set up and manage their environmental management systems in order to comply with legislation and to conform to national and international standards.
A wide range of organisations from government to charitable bodies and international organisations highly value the skills of geographers and environmental managers. The University has a range of unique links with industry Examples include:
- Environmental consultancies, such as Atkins, WSP, AECOM and others.
- Government bodies, such as The Environment Agency, DEFRA and local authorities
- Charities, such as Northern Roots, the largest urban farm and eco-park in the country
- In-house companies, such as the physical and environmental consultancy based within the University and the Centre or Applied Archaeology
- Other organisations, such as 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
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.
Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.
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 - Grade C Maths and English required. If taking GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics to be awarded in 2017 and beyond, in England, a grade 4 will be required.
Irish Leaving Certificate
112 UCAS points from Higher Level
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
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||£15600per year|
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.
Students on this course have previously benefited from a scholarship to support their study and living costs. Visit the scholarships page for more information about available scholarships.
To celebrate Salford's expertise and industry links, high achieving international students may be eligible for an International Excellence Scholarship worth up to £3,500. Visit the international scholarships page for more information.
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Course ID F898
This course starts in September 2021