MEnvSci Environmental Science with Industrial Experience

Year of entry: 2020

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

For the latest updates on how coronavirus will affect applicants and offer-holders, you can visit our FAQs.

Read our latest coronavirus information

Holding an offer for 2020 entry? Visit our dedicated offer-holders page.

Information for offer-holders

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. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects. The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjects must be a science subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL as the course specific requirement of one HL science subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
F904
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

EES students on a field trip as part of the Pollution and Environmental Processes pathway.
Tailor your degree to specific pathways at the end of Year 1.

Tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the world today by studying humanity's effect on nature in our 4 year integrated master's (MEnvSci) in Environmental Science. You will also gain invaluable, paid experience in industry; a highly desirable point of difference in a competitive job market.

Applying a broad interdisciplinary perspective to understanding how the world works, this degree enables us to approach pressing issues such as ensuring that human has access to clean water and air, and the resources required for agriculture and industrial activity.

Practical, hands-on field work will take you to geologically and environmentally fascinating locations in the UK and abroad in every year of study.

Open days

Upcoming open days

19th and 20th June 2020; 3rd and 10th October 2020.

During your visit During the Undergraduate Open Day the department will provide a subject specific overview of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science at The University of Manchester. Talks will take place in The Williamson Building 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.

Applicant visit day

Applicants to Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science degrees will have a further opportunity to visit the department on a Visit Day , where you can meet staff, current students and find out what it's like to be a student here. During the visit day you will have a short interview with a member of the academic staff. In the interview, we will discuss your motivations for studying one of our degree courses. It's also a chance for you to ask questions and find out if the course is right for you.

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).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Visit our dedicated Scholarships page for information on scholarships and sponsorships available to you, including the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences own William Boyd Dawkins Scholarship.

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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 .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Compare this course

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. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects. The course specific requirements are that one of the Higher Level subjects must be a science subject.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL as the course specific requirement of one HL 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 .

Advice to applicants

Our common first year provides solid foundation for both our Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science degrees. Should your interests shift in your first year of study, you have the flexibility to transfer to other degrees in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Year 1, subject to academic achievement.

Eligibility for continuation on this MEnvSci programme is at our discretion, based on your general performance and your second year mark. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Interview requirements

Successful applicants will be invited to interview after submitting your application. Interviews will take place during Department Visit Days .

The interview helps us determine your suitability for, and commitment to, the course. We can also discuss any important contextual information, such as exceptional circumstances or personal barriers to learning, that we can consider when making an offer.

In your interview, simply be prepared to talk about the interests and activities you told us about in your UCAS statement, as well as the topics you're learning at school or college. You're welcome to bring a list of questions you may have about the course.

Deferrals

We will consider applicants who wish to defer on a case by case basis. Deferred entry is approved at the discretion of admissions staff and is granted for one year only. We normally guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change.

Course details

Course description

Reasons why you should study at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

We are one of the largest Earth and Environmental Sciences departments in the UK, with global reach.

This creates excellent learning, research and employment opportunities for our students.

Mike Burton / Head of Department, Professor of Volcanology

Our MEnvSci Environmental Science with Industrial Experience course is a 4 year degree programme which allows you to spend the third year of your degree developing real-world expertise in industry, all whilst earning a salary and completing your third year of study.

Industry input into the development of our cutting-edge course content ensures real-world relevance, and thanks to our close contacts and research collaborations with major employers, we can offer you a wide variety of roles in destinations across the globe.

In recent years companies our students have undertaken placements with include GE Oil and Gas, Bosch Thermotechnology, Unilever, ATKINS, Mott MacDonald, O2 and Manchester Airport.

After your year in industry, you will return to Manchester and take Year 4 courses, including an independent research project.

Our course applies a broad interdisciplinary perspective to understanding how the world works. This approach enables us to tackle pressing problems, such as ensuring that human needs are met in a sustainable way, so that everyone has access to clean water and air, and the resources required for agriculture and industrial activity.

Environmental Science is focussed on a holistic understanding of Earth systems in order to learn from the past, comprehend the present and influence the future. It is the study of how physical, chemical and biological processes maintain and interact with life, and includes the study of how humans affect nature. As Environmental Science is at the cross-roads of the natural sciences, it provides an enriching alternative to a single-subject honours degree, and can open the door to an exciting range of career options.

During your time with us you will be a part of a dynamic community trying to answer some of the most pressing global issues that we all face. Your work could make a contribution to solving some of the world's greatest challenges.

Course structure

Our MEnvSci in Environmental Science with Industrial Experience a is a four year degree which offers you the flexibility to tailor your interest in environmental science to one of three pathways:

  • Pollution and environmental processes;
  • Atmospheric and climate science;
  • Ecology, evolution and conservation biology.

The department

We are a Department of environmental scientists, geologists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists, physicists and computer scientists, who work together to study the Earth and planets. Our degrees cover the full breadth of earth and environmental sciences, reflecting the main research themes that are fundamental to the work we do in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The reputation of Earth and Planetary Science at The University of Manchester's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences rests on our world-leading interdisciplinary 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.

Skills

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.

Special features

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences students explore Kinlochleven
Head to geologically and environmentally fascinating locations in the UK and abroad.
  • Spend Year 3 gaining invaluable, paid experience in industry and stand out in a competitive job market. Our close ties with industry and research collaborations input heavily into the development of our cutting-edge course content, ensuring real-world relevance. Previous company placements include: GE Oil, Unilever, Manchester Airport and O2;
  • An integrated natural science first year, tailored to the Earth, planets and their environments, allows you to discover where your interests lie;
  • Develop knowledge and practical skills to address matters of significance to the economic and environmental wellbeing of society;
  • Our flexible course structure allows you to customise your studies to your interests, following one of three pathways after Year 1, providing an ideal gateway to your career;
  • Field trips are a key component of our undergraduate degrees, providing you the opportunity to travel to fascinating locations in the UK and abroad in every year. Fees include all compulsory, taught field courses. Previous locations include: Spain; France; Guatemala; Italy; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Scotland; USA and Wales;
  • Undertake a final-year research project of your choice working alongside world-leading scientists using state-of-the-art research facilities.

Teaching and learning

How will you learn?

We take pride in our excellent teaching standards, our distinguished lecturers and research staff ensure that you have all the support available to develop your learning, skills and employability prospects.

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning methods that suit the content and aims of each course unit, including:

  • Formal lectures;
  • Laboratory classes;
  • Field classes;
  • Small-group tutorials.

Two-thirds of your contact time will be focussed on the development of practical skills. Teamwork, problem-solving and field work play a key role in integrating all the elements of your subject, and will also develop transferable skills across areas of specialisation, enabling you to succeed in your future career.

Field work

Field work is a key component of our undergraduate degrees and is an essential part of all our courses and provides a unique learning experience:

  • Field work gives you the chance to apply knowledge learned in lectures and practical classes to real settings, allowing you to develop the skills of a professional earth and environmental scientist, such as observing, collecting, recording and interpreting a range of data;
  • Venues vary from classic areas of the British Isles to locations across the globe. Field courses are tailored to meet the needs of each pathway;
  • Most field courses are residential and provide a great chance to form friendships with staff and your fellow students in an informal setting, and to travel and experience different cultures.

Lecturers and World-Leading Researchers

Our department has a diverse mix of respected lecturers and research staff who are at the forefront of their fields. Find out more about our lecturers, researchers and support staff in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, including information about their specific areas of interest and research, qualifications and publications.

Personal Academic Advisor

Throughout your degree course, you'll be assigned an Academic Advisor, who is there to support you and give advice about any academic issues throughout the duration of your course. Your advisor will be able to help you with the transition from school or college to university, and can help you get to grips with studying and learning more independently. They'll also be able to help you develop your skills in academic writing or research, making presentations, or any other skills that are specific to your degree programme.

Peer Support scheme

Our peer support scheme is one of the largest in Europe. Peer mentors are higher-year students on the same degree programme as you, who will help you find your feet when you arrive here and adjust to student life. As they'll have already been a student at Manchester for at least a year, they should be able to help you with anything you might be worried or unsure about.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

Led by volunteer students, PASS sessions will often be based around a specific area of study. You'll have the opportunity to consolidate and build on your existing knowledge through discussion with other students in an informal and supportive environment, where you can compare notes, analyse, ask questions and talk through ideas.

Research project

You'll also undertake an independent project in Year 4 that is tailored to your 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 specialisation that you will follow in years 2, 3 and 4. Each pathway is defined to ensure you develop core knowledge alongside a choice of optional units.

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 first year is composed of three units which run across the academic year.  Two thirds of your time will be spent in practical and field-based activities.  Each unit is worth 40 out of a total of 120 credits.

Unit 1: Understanding the Earth

This unit will provide you with an understanding of evolution of the Earth within our solar system, the establishment of Earth cycles including the development of plate tectonics, the atmosphere and the oceans.  You will study the history of life on Earth from first life through to the rise of humans, how we utilise energy and resources, and how Earth systems will evolve in the future.

Unit 2: The Natural Scientists Toolkit

In this unit you will study the chemistry, physics and biology of the Earth and planets as integrated systems.  You will develop skills in numeracy and scientific problem solving, learn programming, and apply numerical models to analyse the chemistry and physics of the Earth and its environment.

Unit 3: Practical Skills

Practical classes fieldwork and professional skill development make up a large part of the course. This unit is composed of three parts.

Field Work

You will take part in regular field days throughout semester 1 covering the breadth of the course, for example, explore planetary science at Jodrell bank and geology in the Derbyshire Peak District that is on our door step. You will attend a residential field course in semester 2 that is focused on your preferred degree pathway

Laboratory Skill Development

You'll be introduced to the key observational, laboratory and field skills that you'll need as an Earth scientist.

The Professional Scientist and Society

Our course will equip you with an armory 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 communicate effectively to different audiences.

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 and planetary sciences. 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 and Climate 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.

Students on the Year in Industry programme are responsible for finding their placement during the second year. You will be supported in this by our careers service and the industrial placement academic tutor, who will offer help in finding a placement and advice on CV preparation, the application process and interview/assessment centre preparation. Our annual careers fair involves many placement providers and you will also have the opportunity to receive advice from students who have been successful in obtaining placements in previous years.

Eligibility for continuation on this MEnvSci programme is at our discretion, based on your general performance and your second year mark. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Course content for year 3

Your third year will be spent undertaking a year-long placement. Students who take this degree will find themselves in the role of a real employee within a company working on an agreed project. During these placements, students are paid as a normal employee would be and are subject to the internal structures and normal pressures of the workplace.

Whilst on placement you will be supported by a visiting academic tutor, who will keep in contact with you and your placement supervisor, as well as visiting you during the year. There will be a small element of core environmental science material to keep you up to speed with your pathway topics, taught by online distance learning units and supported remotely by specialist subject tutors. At the end of your placement, you will be assessed by your academic tutor and industrial placement supervisor.

Course content for year 4

On returning to Manchester for your fourth and final year, 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

William Boyd Dawkins scholarship

UK and EU students who achieve AAA at A-level (or the EU equivalent) will be awarded our prestigious William Boyd Dawkins Scholarship. To be eligible, offer holders will need to have put The University of Manchester as their firm choice. Successful recipients will receive a one-off payment of £3,000 during their first year of study.

Facilities

EES student in lab facilities.
Our courses are driven and inspired by the latest departmental research.

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:

Teaching resources

  • Innovative, research-led, eLearning tools to enhance your understanding;
  • A well-equipped, dedicated undergraduate study area providing a place for relaxation and somewhere to work with your fellow students within the Department;
  • Close supervision and pastoral care by an academic staff member during the whole degree course.

World-leading research facilities

  • Analytical geochemistry unit, for analysing water and solid geological matter;
  • Scanning Electron Microscope - for imaging a wide range of samples, from polished rock sections to bacteria to Egyptian mummies;
  • Cameca electron probe - used for the quantitative analysis of a wide variety of geological samples In-situ and remote sensing instrumentation for the study of clouds, aerosols, radiation and dynamics;
  • Advanced isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry suite.

The Manchester Museum

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has close links with the Manchester Museum and its extensive geological collections.

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

EES graduate shares her career experience.

I value my time at The University of Manchester.

Studying at a world-leading academic institution which also has strong ties to industry is a great way to start your career.

Rosanne Mckernan / MEarthSci graduate, Exploration Geoscientist at Shell

We work closely together with graduate employers to ensure that the training our undergraduates receive during their Earth and Planetary Sciences degree equips them for getting a great graduate job and excelling in it.

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.

Typical professions our graduates go on to include:

  • Scientific research;
  • Public policy;
  • Environmental consultancy and earth resources;
  • Teaching;
  • Finance and blue-chip management.

Nurturing dynamic skill sets

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.

Internships

With our support, Manchester undergraduates successfully apply each year for highly competitive summer internships across the globe. Prestigious destinations include the Juneau Icefield Research Programme: Mass Balance. Many students also gain prestigious industrial placements such as working in Group Manufacturing Sustainability at UniLever.