This programme will equip you with the knowledge to pursue a career in the environmental sector. Fieldwork and practical experience are at the core of this programme, providing you with valuable skills to take into the workplace.
This degree covers the broad concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainable development, while examining the practical implications of their adoption.
In the first year you will take the core courses Introduction to environmental science, Earth system science, Introduction to global environmental issues, and Text and communication.
In the second year you will take the core courses Research methods for environmental scientists, Sustainability of farming systems, and Energy: options for sustainability.
In the third year you will take core courses on Applied ecology and conservation and Human impacts on the environment plus one optional course. You will also undertake a dissertation or work experience placement.
At each level you can also choose from a range of optional courses across other undergraduate disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree. Options available include Science studies, Health studies, History, Literature, Modern languages (French and Spanish), Philosophy, Social studies, and Text and communication. You can also take science-based adult and continuing education courses.
Appropriately qualified students may pursue a fourth year of study, leading to the award of the BSc (Honours) degree. The Honours year consists of an environmental stewardship project on a research interest of your choice, and courses on Environmental policy and management, Perspectives on the environment, and the Restoration ecology field course.
The Dumfries Campus is ideally located for the study of environmental stewardship, with access to natural environments providing you with a vibrant and diverse outdoor laboratory. Fieldwork and practical experience are at the core of this programme, providing you with valuable skills to take into the workplace.
The programme includes contributions from key local and national organisations, such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Forestry Commission and Edinburgh Zoo, among others. A number of these organisations offer placement and employment opportunities to our students.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad. There are two options available: the Erasmus Exchange Scheme and the International Exchange Programme, both normally undertaken during the third year of the degree. Under the Erasmus scheme you study at a major European university, normally for a full year. We have exchange agreements with universities in Mainz, Alicante, Pamplona and Prague. If you opt for the International Exchange Programme, you can take advantage of our formal exchange agreements with selected universities outside Europe.
This programme provides you with skills in environmental management techniques, preparing you to enter the graduate job market in a wide variety of roles concerned with implementing sustainability objectives. The combination of a broad-based education with specialist input, along with experience gained through the work placement, will equip you with essential skills and qualities for working in public, commercial or voluntary environmental organisations.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: BBBB preferably with one or two from Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computing Studies, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Information Systems, Managing Environmental Resources, Mathematics, Physics. At least one of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry is desirable.
A-levels: BBB preferably with one or two from Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computing Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Science (Double Syllabus), Statistics, Zoology. At least one of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry is desirable.
IB: 30 points, including three science subjects.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.