BSc (Hons) Environmental Management with Agriculture

About the course

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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.

First year

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.

Second Year

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.

Final Year

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

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Why choose this course?

  • No additional charges for compulsory residential field courses in Year 1 and Year 2.
  • High student satisfaction and a good study community
  • Regular opportunities for students to assist staff with glaciology research and to undertake fieldwork in pursuit of final year dissertations in locations including Iceland, Switzerland and the High Arctic.
  • Working with employers in Hertfordshire to address pressing environmental challenges, helping them save energy, reduce waste and put effective techniques in place to manage their environmental impact.
  • Working with voluntary organisations to support community energy - overcoming the barriers to installing solar panels on school buildings and improving a community energy toolkit.
  • Opportunities to get involved in ecology activities at Bayfordbury such as beekeeping, bat watching, coppicing, etc

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

Careers

Our graduates have found successful careers within local government, town and country planning, recreational and habitat management, environmental resources management, teaching and in private environmental consultancies, as well as more general graduate recruitment schemes and postgraduate study.

Typical job titles of recent graduates

Assistant Surveyor, Conservation Officer, Environmental Consultant, Environmental developments Officer, Environmental Management Systems Developer, Environmental Manager, Environmental Officer, Environmental Support Officer, Estates manager, GIS assistant, Land Charges Assistant, Planning Officer, Production Systems Development Engineer, Senior GIS Technical Officer, Trainee Emergency Ambulance Technician, Trainee Logging Geologist, Transport Coordinator, Transport Planner.

Typical employers of recent graduates 

Buildings Research Establishment, Banks Cargil Agriculture Ltd, Beds and Herts Ambulance and Paramedic Service, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Coors Brewers, Datalog Technology Ltd, Environment Agency, Granada Business Technology, Merck Sharp & Dohme, National Grid, Veolia Water, South-East Water, Sustrans, University of Hertfordshire, Vauxhall Motors, Vivendi Water.

Teaching methods

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
  • seminars
  • tutorials 
  • laboratories
  • 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

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you will study for 5-6 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year. The first and second year are made up of compulsory modules thereafter years three to six contain a mixture of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you are studying on. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to take a work placement 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.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Sustainable Futures - 15 Credits
  • Ecosystems and Environmental Change - 15 Credits
  • Investigative Skills and Techniques - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Planet Earth - 15 Credits
  • Dynamic Earth - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Field Research - 15 Credits
  • Agro-ecosystems Biology - 15 Credits
  • Functional Agro-ecology - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Ecology and Environmental Quality - 30 Credits
  • Graduate and Professional Skills 2 - GE - 0 Credits
  • Real World Research - 30 Credits
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Management - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Fundamentals of Geospatial Information - 30 Credits
  • Living in a Changing and Contested World - 30 Credits
  • Changing Rural Britain: People, Places, Policy - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Individual Research Project - GE - 30 Credits
  • Solving Environmental Problems - 30 Credits
  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Placement - GE - 0 Credits
  • Biological Conservation - 30 Credits
  • Year Abroad - GE - 0 Credits
  • Implementing Geospatial Information - 30 Credits
  • Outdoor Recreation, Access and Education - 30 Credits
  • Habitat Management and Ecological Monitoring - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,850 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1485 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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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.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

96 UCAS points 

IB - 96 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure). A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)