Environmental Geography with Professional Practice
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
Our Environmental Geography degree looks to offer a unique learning experience by providing you with the opportunity to combine the holistic investigative approach of a geographer with the applied skills of an environmental manager in order to address the significant environmental challenges faced by society today. You will study a range of modules that develop skills in geographical investigation, while also studying how to mitigate and ameliorate climatic and environmental changes. This combination of traditional Geography with Environmental Management offers a unique opportunity for you to develop those skills required by society.
The unique feature of this course is the embedding of a placement with industry into the Second Year. During this year you will study taught modules during Trimester One, before undertaking a placement in industry during Trimesters Two and Three. You will have the option to study themes covering Geographical information Systems, applied environmental skills, rivers and glaciers, planning and urban studies, before undertaking your placement. The placement allows you to experience geographical and environmental themes in practice, working with one of our key industrial partners or another organisation of your choosing.
- 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 wish to combine environment and geographical studies, allowing for more variety and choice
You like learning in small classes, across tutorials, seminars and lectures
All about the course
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 1, you will undertake a placement in an organisation for trimester 2, 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.
You take a weekly one hour tutorial with a member of academic staff in a group of 6-8 students. 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 The tutorials involve discussion, debate, and problem-solving, and provide you with a regular forum for monitoring your progress.
Applied Skills and Field Course
The first part of this module provides you with the applied skills to manage and analyse data using descriptive statistics, inference, graphs, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression. It also introduces information searching and retrieving skills, data presentation and report writing. The second part of the module involves a residential field course in the UK where you will collect, analyse and present data to put into practice what you have learned.
Earth Surface Processes
This module provides a broad introduction to the physical processes that take place within the geosphere and biosphere, focusing on those linked to the nature of landforms, global ecosystems and environmental change. You will develop a sound understanding of the inter-relationships between physical environmental processes and human activity, including natural hazards, climate change and biodiversity.
Environmental resources include food, energy and water, and 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 and water resources as fundamental concepts and examines current problems related to climate change, food security and pollution.
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 the theory and practice of acquiring environmental data using global positioning systems, aerial photography and satellite remote sensing. It develops practical skills in the use of geographical information systems (GIS) that can be deployed in projects, dissertations and work. The module promotes hands-on learning, using state-of-the-art mapping software and mapping technologies.
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 in the Fieldwork module.
Occupational Risk Management
This module examines occupational health and safety legislation 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 leading to, 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)
The Dissertation is a key feature of the course providing you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging independent research project with guidance of a member of academic staff. Your research topic is defined in second year and in third year you focus on data analysis, data interpretation and report writing. The module fine-tunes your research skills and provides you with a wide range of skills that may deployed in further study or the workplace.
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 adaptations can be made to mitigate climate change.
You will then be able to choose several options from:
Corporate Environmental Management
This module provides an insight into, and conceptual knowledge of, contemporary techniques for environmental management applicable to private, public and voluntary sector enterprises. You will examine the drivers for, and barriers to, progressive environmental management in business together with techniques for incorporating environmental policy objectives into business models of sustainable development.
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 globalisation. 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, water supply, 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 you to focus more in depth in the study of one of the indicated global challenges.
Environmental Remote Sensing
This module will develop your understanding of the principles of remote sensing and the issues associated with applying remote sensing data to solve real-world problems. It will expose you to a range of remotely sensed data and help you to develop a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies that employ such data.
Modelling Environmental Systems
This module is designed to develop your skills in understanding and creating models of the environment. The module will introduce the concepts about how models of the environment are created, the different types of models that exist and how they are formulated. You will also learn how to create models using a range of programming and coding techniques (including R, Python and Matlab). The module will start from first principles, so there is no requirement to have any prior knowledge of programming.
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
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 rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the 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 University has a range of unique links with industry, ranging from government to charitable bodies, international organisations and a host of other companies. 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 AQUOS, 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
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
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||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£12,960per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||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||2021/22||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£15600per 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.|
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