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The environmental impact of human society, how we manage natural resources, and the sustainability and the decreasing biodiversity of our planet are all major concerns.
This degree programme provides a broad foundation of science-based skills. It will equip you with an understanding of contemporary issues in environmental management and knowledge of the interactions between processes in the physical environment and ecosystems.
You will gain an awareness of the legislative and ethical framework within which environmental scientists operate, equipping you for careers in a range of environmental professions, particularly in areas relating to environmental protection.
Stage 1: You study soil and land resources, ecology, global environmental systems, quantitative analysis and field techniques.
Stage 2: You take compulsory modules addressing: the practice of environmental science; terrestrial ecosystems; climate and environmental change; conservation issues; environmental assessment and design, as well as optional modules.
You can study land, freshwater and marine environments; pollution; and the ecology of natural and managed systems; alongside aspects of the economic, political and legislative framework for environmental management.
Between Stages 2 and 3 you can choose to take a placement year and get practical experience in the environmental sector.
Stage 3: You continue studying core modules in: climate change and land use; biological conservation; ecosystems management; and sustainability assessment, as well as optional modules. You undertake a project, which may involve scientific research or a consultancy-based investigation.
AAB preferably including two science subjects (one of which may include Geography). GCSE Mathematics (minimum grade C) required if not offered at a higher level.
AAABB including at least two sciences (which may include Geography). Mathematics required at grade 2 Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2 equivalent) if not offered at Higher Grade. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
A minimum of 30 points with at least one science subject at Higher Level grade 5 or above. Mathematics or Mathematical Studies at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1B1B at Higher Level, to include two science subjects (Geography or Mathematics included).
At least 30 level 3 credits in a science subject and at least 30 level 3 credits at a minimum of Merit.
BTEC Level 5 HND
In a science-related subject to include at least eight units at Merit grade, including Physical or Biological Sciences at Merit grade and Mathematics at Pass grade.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
In a science-related subject at overall DDD, to include Physical or Biological Sciences and Mathematics units.
Advanced Diploma in all lines of learning except Hair and Beauty Studies acceptable. Grade A/B in Principal Learning and Extended Project required, and a science or Geography A level at minimum grade B. GCSE Mathematics also required at minimum grade C if not offered at higher level.
English language requirements
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.