MEnvSci Environmental Science

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Environmental Sci
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
AAA including 1 science.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)

AAB including 1 science.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

36 points overall.  666 in Higher Level subjects.

The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjets must be a science subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
F902
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

Choose your Pathway at the end of Year 1
Choose your Pathway at the end of Year 1

The integrated masters in Environmental Sciences (MEnvSci) is a 4 year degree which offers you the flexibility to tailor your interest in Environmental Sciences in one of three areas of specialisation: Pollution and Environmental Processes; Atmospheric Science; and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology.  The degree includes extensive field, practical and research training, with UK and overseas field courses in every year of study.

Open days

Undergraduate Open Days - 28 September and 12 October 2019

During the Undergraduate Open Day the department will provide a subject specific overview of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science at Manchester. Talks will take place in The Williamson Building which is located at number 52 on the campus map and will last approximately 1 hour (including a Q & A session at the end).

In addition to the subject specific talks there will also be a range of activities taking place in the department between 10 am and 3pm. During this time prospective applicants will have an opportunity to meet current staff and students to discuss the courses offered in more detail.

Applicants to Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Sciences degrees will have a further opportunity to visit the department on a Visit Day .

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 0776
Facsimile
+44(0)161 306 9361
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/ees
School/Faculty overview

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA which should include at least one science subject.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall.  666 in Higher Level subjects.

The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjets must be a science subject.

Scottish requirements

AA in Advanced Highers including one science plus AA in 2 higher level subjects

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements

European Baccalaureate

Applications from students studying this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve AAA including one science   and an EAP score of B .  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve AAA including one science and an EAP requirements score of B .

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Applied Science National Extended Diploma with grades D*DD which must include distinctions in all mandatory science units.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D plus any science A level at grade A

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D plus two A levels (AA) with one science at grade A. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D* plus an additional 2 A levels (AA) one of which must be science.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades D*DD plus an additional science A level at grade A .

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades D*D plus an additional science A level at grade A. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DM plus an additional two A levels (AA) one of which must be science.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus an additional two A levels (AA) one of which must be science

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are 45 credits at level 3 with a minimum of 39 credits at distinction (15 of which must be in science) and remaining 6 at merit .

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects which must include one science subject.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic departments may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic department, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic department for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade 4.
  • IELTS 6.5 with not less than 6 in any component.
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Course details

Course description

In the lab
In the lab

Our MEnvSci Environmental Science course is a 4 year degree programme that will give you significant research experience that will make you more attractive to future employers in both academia and industry and will be invaluable if you wish to go on and study for a PhD.

We are a department of environmental scientists, geologists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists, physicists and computer scientists, who work together to study the Earth's environment. Our degree covers the full breadth of environmental science, reflecting the main research themes that are fundamental to the work we do in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Our course will equip you with an armoury of skills to take into the world of work, including the ability to analyse problems, to work collaboratively as part of a team, and to develop field, laboratory, numeracy and communication skills.

The reputation of Environmental Science at The University of Manchester's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences rests on our world-leading inter- disciplinary research into processes operating on, within and beyond the Earth. This research incorporates biological, chemical, physical and environmental aspects of the world and solar system we live in. The close alignment between our teaching and research ensures that units are delivered by scholars who are at the forefront of their disciplines.

Our state-of-the-art teaching facilities include a dedicated undergraduate community space within the Department, computing facilities with industry-standard software and undergraduate research laboratories. You'll experience a strong and cohesive student network with a vibrant student society and student chapters of professional organizations.

Special features

We take good care of our students and you will have a dedicated academic advisor to guide you through your degree.

Fees include all compulsory field courses. UK and overseas field courses run in every year of study.

Integrated natural science first year, tailored to the Earth, planets and their environments, allowing you to discover where your interests lie

Flexible course allowing you to specialise and customise your studies to your interests, following one of three pathways after the first year, providing an ideal gateway to your career.

The option to transfer to a related degree during your second year to incorporate industrial experience or international study.

Undertake a research project of your choice working alongside world- leading scientists using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Develop your transferrable skills through team work, problem solving and field work.

Teaching and learning

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit. You'll learn through formal lectures, laboratory classes, field classes and small-group tutorials.

Two-thirds of the contact time is focused on the development of practical skills. Teamwork, problem-solving and fieldwork play a key role in integrating all the elements of the subject, and will also develop transferable skills for geological and non-geological careers.

You'll also undertake an independent project in years 3 and 4 (depending on your degree) that is tailored to you chosen pathway.

Coursework and assessment

This course is assessed by a variety of methods, including:

  • exams
  • essays and written assignments
  • projects
  • oral and written presentations
  • field assessment

We place a strong emphasis on practical skills and project work. Around one-third of your assessment in year 3 and half in year 4 will be based on independent research projects.

Course unit details

Our Environmental Science course covers all major aspects of the earth system. The course has a common first year, allowing you to choose your degree pathway based on your experience during year 1.

In years 2 and 3 you'll follow your choice of pathway. Each pathway is defined to ensure you develop core knowledge alongside a choice of optional units. Eligibility for continuation onto the fourth year of this MEnvSci programme is based on your marks at the second and/or third years. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Course content for year 1

Our first year will introduce you to the modern way we study the Earth. The emphasis in the first year is on building foundational knowledge in the natural sciences, tailored to the Earth, planets and their environments, and on developing practical and transferrable skills.

During this year you will study the principles that underlie all our pathways and will receive one-on-one advice to help you choose your preferred pathway at the end of the first year.  Every first year student will be supported by our peer mentoring schemes and small group work with an academic tutor

The first year units will develop your theoretical knowledge, your numerical, field and laboratory skills, and aid your professional development:

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Understanding the Earth EART11100 40 Mandatory
The Natural Scientist's Toolkit EART11200 40 Mandatory
Practical and Professional Skills Development EART11300 40 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

In year 2 you will tailor your studies to your own academic interests by focusing on a particular aspect of the Earth's environmental system.  Each pathway  consists of the series of core units and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas in your area of specialisation.

For an indicative list of the course units for each pathway, please click on the links below:

Pollution and Environmental Processes On this pathway you'll study climate change, biodiversity and environmental management, pollution and control, population dynamics, ecosystems and urbanisation, tackling some of the global grand and pressing problems that will ensure human needs are met in a sustainable way.

Atmospheric Science Understanding the atmosphere allows us to address a wide range of societal and environmental issues, including weather forecasting, urban air quality, pollutant transport and climate change. On this pathway you'll focus on the atmosphere and its relationship to the Earth system, as well as to society.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology The Earth is the only known planet supporting life. The history of the Earth is intertwined with the history of life, and the world is both shaped by, and shapes, the organisms alive today. This pathway focuses on understanding those relationships.

Course content for year 3

In your final year, you can choose from a wide range of course units made up of core units from within your own pathway specialization  units from other pathways offered within the Environmental Sciences degree, as well as units from our other degree in Earth and Planetary Science. A range of units are offered which have an applied focus to help you prepare for your future career.

Alternatively, you may choose to study a course from the University's College for Interdisciplinary Learning , including our innovative Leadership in Action course, which combines study with volunteering and personal development.

You'll undertake a research project that is tailored to your degree pathway specialisation. You will collect data in the field and laboratory to answer a scientific question of your choice.

Course content for year 4

You'll carry out an extended individual research project working alongside world- leading scientists using state-of-the-art research facilities, study subject-related units, and attend specialist lectures.

Scholarships and bursaries

Students who achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) will be awarded our prestigious William Boyd Dawkins Scholarship.  To be eligible, offer holders will need to have attended a department UCAS visit day and put Manchester as their firm choice. Successful recipients will receive a one-off payment of £1000 during their first year of study.  

Facilities

We teach our practical sessions in custom-designed, well-equipped laboratories with enough space for you to have your own microscope and work comfortably on your own or in a group.

All our courses are driven and inspired by the latest research in the department, so we also give you access to our most advanced and sophisticated research facilities.

Students benefit from a dedicated resource room with charge-points for laptops and plenty of desktop PCs with specialist software packages for GIS, statistical analysis and e-learning. Photocopying and printing is free.

The room also has copies of textbooks, journals and maps, our large mineral collection and sets of rock specimens for private study - and even a complete, disarticulated dinosaur skeleton for student project work. Our learning adviser is based in the resource room and can advise and help with enquiries.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

We work closely together with graduate employers to ensure that the training our undergraduates receive during Environmental Science degree equips them for getting a great graduate job and excelling in it. Our graduates' jobs include Scientific Research, Finance, Policy, blue-chip Management, Environmental Consultancy and Earth Resources

Our close links with employers highlight the key skills they desire in our graduates. Key amongst these is an enthusiasm for learning. In the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences we are passionate about our work on climate science, ecosystem conservation, micro-plastic pollution, dinosaur evolution, volcanoes, Earth's formation and the distribution of resources within it. This passion is shared with our students, producing an enthusiasm and capacity for learning which serves them throughout their careers and lives.

Further key skills sought by graduate employers are flexible problem-solving using a variety of approaches, teamwork, communication skills, numeracy and computer programming.  Our graduates are trained in these skills from day one of their degrees. In the common first year for both the Environmental Science and Earth and Planetary Science degrees we train students on the Natural Scientist's Toolkit, which includes maths, chemistry, physics numerical modelling and Python programming which are then developed throughout the degree programmes. These skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the ethical and policy framework within which our understanding of the Earth and Environment affect governmental and corporate decision-making.

A key advantage that our graduates have over other science graduates is the experience gained during taught and independent fieldwork, which underpins our undergraduate teaching: https://www.ees.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/field-trips/ .  Students develop multidisciplinary problem-solving and team-working skills during these trips, leading up to independent field-based projects in their third year of study, which provides the students with precisely the experience and skills that graduate employers are looking for.