Environmental Management with Agriculture BSc (Hons)
About the course
You will develop an understanding of agro-ecosystem biology and agro-ecology. You’ll also develop knowledge in areas of biodiversity and how ecosystems function in the light of climate change.
You will focus on developing your research skills using geographic information systems, data analysis, surveying and map work.
Our field course, a week-long residential currently held in the English Lake District, forms a central part of your first year studies.
You’ll visit the Swiss Alps at the start of your second year, developing your research skills.
You will go on to develop your knowledge of sustainable agriculture and horticultural management as well as ecology and environmental quality.
Your individual research project will be the key focus of your final year studies. This is complemented by core modules focused on habitat management and monitoring. Areas of optional study include biological conservation, the management of environmental problems and the green economy, countryside management, and geospatial information
Why choose this course?
Our environmental management with agriculture degree is designed to develop your understanding of environmental processes, their measurement, and the associated management techniques within the context of agriculture. The degree is underpinned by a strong tradition of practical and fieldwork learning that is supported by our own specialist field station, dedicated laboratories, and facilities for geographical information analysis.
Please call the clearing hotline number on +44 (0)1707 284848
240 UCAS points including 2 GCE A Levels (or equivalent) Plus GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics.
Dr Avice Hall
Principal Lecturer in Plant Pathology
Professor Bruce Fitt
Professor of Plant Pathology
Dr Chantal Helm
Lecturer in Ecology
Dr Darren Crook
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Dr Ian Denholm
Senior Lecturer in Entomology
Dr James Jenkins
MSc Environmental Management Programme Tutor & Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Geography, Environment and Agriculture
Dr John Tzilivakis
Senior Research Fellow in Agri-environmental Science
Dr Kathy Lewis
Reader in Agri-environmental Science
Dr Keith Davies
Senior Lecturer in Nematology
Senior Lecturer in GIS
Dr Phil Porter
Reader in Geoscience and Geoscience Education
Dr Ronni Edmonds-Brown
Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology
Dr Tim Sands
Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography & Head of Geography, Environment and Agriculture
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Part Time, 5 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Our graduates have found successful careers within the following sectors:
- Local government
- Town and country planning
- Recreational and habitat management
- Environmental resources management
- Private environmental consultancies
- Broader graduate recruitment schemes
- Postgraduate study
You will develop your independent study and interpersonal skills on this course. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.
You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:
- standard lectures
- case studies
- individual and group projects
In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation
Work placement/Study abroad
You have the opportunity to take a work placement or study abroad for a year before your final year. These optional placements will enhance your future career prospects. Successful completion of your placement may also lead to a Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute.
Topics that may be covered include: environmental concern and the green movement; the environmental spectrum; concepts of sustainable development; Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21; industrial development and sustainability, sustainable development and waste, sustainable development and water; sustainable development and energy; sustainable development and agriculture; sustainable development and the developing world; and the cost of going green.
Graduate and Professional Skills 1 - GE
Students will complete assignments, within their discipline of choice, that include opportunities for development of their personal transferable skills. They will reflect on their development with the assistance of a personal tutor and will produce a portfolio of evidence based on the set assignments and wider experience such as from the work place or other areas of responsibility. Skills assessed are: autonomy and taking responsibility for themselves (A); group working (GW), oral and written communication (COM), information management (IM), problem solving (PS), numeracy (NUM), self evaluation and reflective practice (SERP).
Ecosystems and Environmental Change
Includes an introduction to: * biogeography, climate/vegetation patterns and ecological processes * role of major biogeochemical cycles * structure and functioning of major ecosystem types (UK focus) e.g. woodlands, grasslands, agro-ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems * human influences on ecosystems, including examples of management * climate change and air pollutants: impacts of ecosystems * environmental impact assessments * the key UK and EU laws that influence the management of threatened habitats * ecological data handling and descrtiptive statistics
Investigative Skills and Techniques
This course is designed to provide an introdution and overview of some ot the basic analytical methodsemployed by geographers and environmental managers when undertaking their research work. The application of appropriate statistical techniques is an important research skill and students will develop their skills in statistical analysis from a combination of lectures and workshops. Students will also gain some appreciation for the special issues and problems raised by the use of geographical and environmental data. The course includes the essentials of data collection and entry, questionnaire design and administration, spatial sampling design and presenting research resultsts. Students will develop skills in presenting research results in a meaningful way through producing a short research report.
Exploring Planet Earth
This module provides students with an opportunity to explore the Earths systems. The module provides an account of the history of the Earth, and then considers each of the major environmental systems in turn, focussing on the features and processes that define each system. Students will be able to develop an understanding of how the different systems interact and the importance of these interactions for shaping the surface of the Earth and its biological communities. The implication of environmental change on human activities is a central theme throughout the module.
The aims of this module are to enable students to understand the dynamic processes that produce rocks and geological structures, and be able to recognise them in the laboratory and in the field. The evolution of the Earth and the importance of plate tectonics in the formation of rocks and geological structures will be studied, together with introductory igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology. The module will also consider weathering, erosion, transport and deposition of Earth surface materials and the dynamic endogenic and exogenic processes that impact on anthropogenic activities and cause geohazards. Meteorology will be covered to link atmospheric processes to earth surface processes.
Introduction to Field Research
This module includes a residential field course to a UK location. The module will cover a range of topics that may include cultural geography, biodiversity, geology, geomorphology, ecology, climate change and tourism impacts. Underpinning theory and linkage to wider research contexts are introduced in the lectures. Staff-led and student-led data collection methods are introduced and undertaken in the field. Students are then introduced to the analysis and synthesis of this field information through class and IT-lab sessions both during and after the field course.
This module introduces students to fundamental ecological principles such as trophic hierarchies and energy flow in respect to primary and secondary production systems. It then explores these principles in the context of agricultural systems. Students will study plant anatomy in the context of crop plants and this will introduce students to crop diversity through plant architecture and how this plays an important role in plant nutrition.
This module builds on the first semester module Agro-ecosystems Biology and introduces students to the idea of functional ecology and the diversity of organisms that play a key role in agricultural production systems. Students will be made aware of different methods of measuring biodiversity and the role pests, diseases and weeds play in the productivity of agricultural production systems. They will also be introduced to the functional role microbes play in nutrient cycling.
Ecology and Environmental Quality
This module investigates various ecological systems, both freshwater and terrestrial, from ecosystem, community and population ecology perspectives. There is a strong emphasis on practical applications of ecological science. Habitat related topics covered include woodland, heathland, grassland and aquatic freshwater ecology and management. Theoretical topics include microbial ecology; population ecology; social ecology and aspects of environmental quality in terrestrial and freshwater environments including examination of pollutants, eutrophication and acidification. Field visits and practicals are an important component and frequent use will be made of the University Field Station and associated facilities at Bayfordbury.
Graduate and Professional Skills 2 - GE
Students will complete assignments, within their discipline of choice, that include opportunities for development of their personal transferable skills. They will reflect on their development with the assistance of a personal tutor and will produce a portfolio of evidence based on the set assignments and wider experience such as from the work place or other areas of responsibility. Skills assessed are: autonomy, taking responsibility for themselves (A); group working (GW), oral and written communication (COM), information management (IM), problem solving (PS), numeracy (NUM), self evaluation and reflective practice (SERP). A component of the assessment will be workplace experience. Placement or year abroad students are exempt from this, however all other students will be required to undertake at least one weeks voluntary work experience and to produce a reflective report on their work experience.
Real World Research
This module commences with a residential field trip to Switzerland during which students will learn and apply data and information collection techniques in a real world field setting. The remainder of the module will provide students with the skills and understanding to design their own research project and fully understand the different methodological approaches and methods available. Students will also gain first-hand experience of data analysis and interpretation using where possible data sets collected from the Swiss Field Course. These skills will be practised during a group work problem based learning (PBL) exercise that draws on understanding of mountain environments and large data sets from a theoretical mountain location
Fundamentals of Geospatial Information
This module introduces the underpinning concepts and ideas behind GISci and their application and use in answering geospatial questions. Topics covered may include basic remote sensing as input to a GIS, the two main GISci data models, geospatial data collection and input methods including GPS concepts, digital cartographic issues such as map projections, symbology and visualisation of data, spatial data structures and GISci data models, geospatial databases, basic analysis techniques for both raster and vector data including Boolean logic operations, and a review of current technological trends such as OpenGIS (GML) and Distributed-GIS.
Living in a Changing and Contested World
The module focuses on understanding how the world around us is changing and how such change can be conceptualised and subsequently responded to, and why such change is contested. An understanding of how the world is changing and how such change is contested is developed by focusing on a wide range of topical issues that include: globalisation, trade, water resources, migration, indigenous peoples and cultures, air pollution, tourism, climate change, agriculture, population and food security, species invasion and deforestation. Attention is also paid to exploring and understanding change in the non-human world.
Changing Rural Britain: People, Places, Policy
This module has three key components. 1. The historic development of the British landscape. This sets a timeline for change and students explore the types of evidence used to date the past, including an assessed practical exercise in pollen analysis held at the Bayfordbury field station. 2. The role of agriculture: past, present and future and 3. rural policy and people. These aspects are reinforced by a field visit to the Peak District and the opportunity to visit a working farm and explore local rural community issues. All three elements are supported by relevant field and day visits, practicals and workshops and there is an emphasis on links to practice. The module also deals with pertinent legislation, policy, designation and planning issues as they relate to rural environments. Students explore the roles of agriculture and conservation in the UK and the implications of these factors on driving landscape change and managing different rural environments. This module also investigates topical issues as and when they arise that relate to rural environments and the livelihoods of people living in those environments and on rural futures.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2014 academic year
Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £1,125 for each 15-credit module
Full time: £10,600 for the 2014 academic year
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
Please call the clearing hotline number on +44 (0)1707 284848
Key course information
- Institution code: H36
- UCAS code: F7D4 BSc (Hons) Environmental Management with Agriculture
- Course code: HHGEEMA
- Course length:
- Full Time, 3 Years
- Part Time, 5 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years