BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Ecology

  • All first and second year residential field trip costs are included in your tuition fees.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • Extensive use of our own field station and managed habitats, just 20 minutes from campus

About the course

This course offers you an opportunity to study some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, including biodiversity loss, climate change, invasive species, land-use change, pollution, food security and water scarcity. Most of these issues are fundamentally ecological in nature and hence the course has a very strong focus on ecological theory, application and management. Topics on biological conservation, ecological monitoring, habitat management and restoration, environmental law, ecological economics, ecological impact assessment, as well as assessment of environmental quality, are all included.

Why choose this course?

Our Environmental Management and Ecology degree is designed to develop a wide range of management and ecological skills and to give students practical field experience, with an option of a work placement or a year of study abroad.

Our students have the distinct advantage of our Bayfordbury field station with laboratory facilities and a wide range of habitats (woodlands, grassland, lakes, ponds, rivers, parkland, glasshouses plus an apiary). This provides students with the amenities in which to conduct surveys and carry out research in addition to gaining practical conservation skills with the management of the site.

The course equips you to learn how we can tackle some of the world’s biggest issues including:

  • Habitat degradation and destruction
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate change
  • Scarcity of water
  • Environmental pollution

Other great features of the course include:

  • No additional charges for compulsory residential field courses in Year 1 and Year 2
  • High student satisfaction and a good study community, with wonderful pastoral care.
  • Regular opportunities for students to assist staff and local conservationists with environmental and ecological training and research. This includes training to carry out surveys that require a license such as amphibian, reptiles and small mammal trapping; bat surveys and bat box monitoring and bird ringing.
  • Opportunities to get involved in ecological activities at Bayfordbury such as beekeeping, bat detecting, badger monitoring and habitat management such as coppicing, etc
  • This degree has accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences, meaning our graduates are eligible to become Associate Members of the Institution.
  • 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.

Flexibility and choice

We offer a range of degree titles and other options in our degree programmes. Although you do need to apply for a specific course through UCAS, we have a common first year so you do not need to decide between them until you have had the experience to make an informed choice.

During your second year, you will choose whether to proceed directly into your final year and complete your degree in three years, or whether to undertake an optional extra year between year 2 and the final year.

This can be spent undertaking a sandwich placement year gaining relevant work experience to enhance your CV and improve your chance of a better degree classification. Alternatively, there is the option to spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities throughout the world to gain valuable international experience that is needed to get on in today’s global economy. Recent year abroad choices have been to Canada, USA (California and Kansas), Hawaii, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

To see what has been happening at Bayfordbury, visit our website page.

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

How will I study?

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. 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

Modules include a mixture of lectures, workshops, practicals, seminars, and fieldwork visits. 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.

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor who is a general academic mentor and first port of call if you have academic or personal matters which you need to discuss. Your Tutor will also give personal, one-on-one and small group academic support.

Professional Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector. Students enrolled on CHES accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.


Our graduates are highly employable and have excellent opportunities in a wide range of careers because of our varied curriculum, with strong emphasis on field and practical experience, the industrial placement year and strong ties with professional bodies and employers in business, industry, regulatory bodies and government. We are currently ranked as 9th nationally for the employability of our graduates in department’s offering environmental science degrees and physical geography.

Graduates have found successful careers within the Environment Agency, United Nations Environment Programme, Water companies, Environmental resource management, in private environmental consultancies, local government, town and country planning, recreational and habitat management, teaching and, as well as more general graduate recruitment schemes and postgraduate study.

Typical job titles of recent graduates

Conservation Officer, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Developments Officer, Environmental Management Systems Developer, Environmental Manager, Environmental Officer, Environmental Support Officer, Assistant Surveyor, 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 

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

What job can I get?

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. Some join more general graduate recruitment schemes while others stay at the University for postgraduate study.