Your first year studying Geography and Environmental Management

You are on your way to studying Geography and Environmental Management with Salford. Ready to learn more about what to expect?

We've gathered some essential info, including a look at your first year modules, some tips about making the most of your time studying with us, and a few stories from students who’ve been there and done it.


    Your First Year

    Choosing a degree in geography or environmental management, you will focus on tackling today’s environment concerns, exploring topics such as climate change, sustainability, river management,  epidemiology, risk management and more.

    Let's take a look at what you will cover during your first year.

    Geography and environmental management management students

    During year one, you will study six modules packed with essential theory and practice. 

    Academic Tutorial - Develops your academic, personal and professional skills for studies and for your career. Through workshop sessions and tutorials, you will work on a range of geographical/environmental management problems linked to the core first year modules. 

    Applied Skills and Field Course - Learn how to analyse and use real-world environmental data in your studies, through a combination of lectures and connected practical activities, including field work and computer lab sessions. 

    Earth Surface Processes - Build your understanding of the physical processes operating across the geosphere and biosphere, and their influence on the landscape and ecosystems.

    Environmental Resources - Explore modern day problems such as climate change, food security, water availability and pollution, through case study work, site visits, and field and laboratory work.

    People, Place, Space - Examine the role of people in shaping the human environment and focus on key concepts such as place, power, scale and networks. Study how the shape 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 - Study sustainability at local, national and global scales, and explore a range of case studies. Apply your knowledge to asses and suggest solutions to real-world problems

    Geography and environmental management students

    Foundation Year Pathways

    If you are planning to study one of our foundation year pathways, your first year with us will be a bit different. 

    Our foundation year pathways are carefully designed to prepare you for study at a higher level. You will focus on six modules that deliver essential scientific knowledge and study skills. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full BSc (Hons) degree.

    Environmental Conservation - Study the fundamentals of ecology and sustainability, learn how to apply practical approaches to conservation, and build skills in literature review and report writing. 

    Earth Processes - Build a foundational understanding of earth and environmental processes, including taking a systems approach to look at the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere. 

    Scientific Methods - Develop practical laboratory training, including the use of glassware and instrumentation, developing data recording and analysis,  and writing-up experiments

    Professional Communications - Build the academic practice and professionalism required for successful study at university

    Data Handling - Learn to apply statistical and mathematical methods and practises, using technology to present and communicate data and ideas

    Science for Health - Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health, including pollution, nutrition and drug development 

    Get Involved

    Students in the library

    University life is not just about study - it's about meeting new people too!

    Our students run a range of societies, from academia to sports, politics to the environment, performance to faith, where you can find like-minded students (or totally different!) and create a place to socialise, relax or even gain extra skills.

    >> Take a look at the different societies and activities at the University of Salford's Student's Union