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MEnvSci Environmental Science with International Study

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSci)
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAA which should include at least one science subject.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)

Grades AAB which should include at least once science subject.

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
F903
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 spend the third year of your degree studying at one of our worldwide partner universities.

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

Our Virtual Open Day took place on Saturday 3rd October 2020. If you missed the live event, you can now watch the sessions  on demand . Earth and Environmental Sciences hosted the following subject sessions:

Earth and Environmental Sciences - Courses and Careers  

This session will introduce you to our degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the types of careers our graduates move into. If you enjoy the natural sciences, come and find out how we combine physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and geology into the study of our earth and its environment.

Earth and Environmental Sciences - Student Experience  

In this session you will meet students from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Find out more about why they chose to study with us, their experience on our courses, and living in Manchester.

Applicant visit day

You may be invited to a visit day after submitting your application. These days include a one-to-one chat with one of our academics, and are intended to be as relaxed as possible - they are great for discovering more about student life in Manchester and the course you have chosen. You also get the chance to meet our fantastic current students.

You can find out more about virtual visit days on the Earth and Environmental Sciences website .

Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,500 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

If you are a UK student, you may be eligible for The William Boyd Dawkins Scholarship  

International students may be eligible for: The Manchester Science and Engineering International Excellence scholarships

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 543 4021
Email
Website
https://www.ees.manchester.ac.uk/
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

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA which should include at least one science subject, which can include geography.

Candidates holding geography as their only science subject will be required to demonstrate an interest and understanding of physical geography, normally at interview.

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.

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 requireme

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 DDD 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 DD 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 M 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 DDD 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 DD 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 MM 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 Schools 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

Applicant visit day

You may be invited to a visit day after submitting your application. These days include a one-to-one chat with one of our academics, and are intended to be as relaxed as possible - they are great for discovering more about student life in Manchester and the course you have chosen. You also get the chance to meet our fantastic current students.

You can find out more about virtual visit days on the  Earth and Environmental Sciences website .

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 International Study is a 4 year degree programme that will allow you to study at one of our  worldwide partner universities  whilst completing the third year of your degree. This experience can boost your prospects in the job market and give you a new perspective on your subject area.

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 International Study 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.

Your third year is spent studying at one of our worldwide partner universities. These currently include universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The placement year is fully assessed by the host university and will involve coursework, laboratory classes and examinations. Your study abroad academic tutor will be in contact with you during your stay and will provide help and support when necessary.

Students also benefit from  significantly reduced fees  in the third year of the programme.

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

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.
  • Boost your career prospects and gain a new perspective in your subject area by  studying abroad  in Year 3 of your degree. You will also benefit from significantly reduced fees in your third year of the programme;
  • 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