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Environmental Management BSc / BSc Hons

Level: SCQF 9-10

UCAS Code: 8M9L

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh

About the Course

Sustainability is a concept that is increasingly part of our common language, whether discussing climate change, community development, or nature conservation.

This course places sustainability within an applied context, and combines aspects of science, geography and social sciences to examine the impacts that humans are having on our environment, and how those impacts may be minimised.

In this course you will study across disciplines, but always within the context of managing the environment and relevant human impacts. You will graduate with a sound grasp of the underlying theory (scientific, social, economic), but also with the knowledge of how to apply practical solutions in management.

Course Duration: BSc 3 years, BSc(Hons) 4 years if studied full-time.

The Environmental Management BSc/BSc (Hons) degree is awarded by the University of Edinburgh and is currently being revalidated.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 4 Scottish Highers (BBCC)/3 A-Levels (BCC) or equivalent qualification to include a science subject or geography.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will develop:

  • an understanding of sustainability and our natural environment within an applied context
  • a cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving but always within the context of managing the environment, natural resources and relevant human impacts
  • a sound grasp of underlying theory (scientific, social, economic) and the knowledge of how to apply practical solutions in management.

You will study a number of core subjects such as Rural Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment, Climate Change and Pollution Control, ensuring a thorough grounding in essential knowledge.

Regular site visits and field trips will allow you to broaden your experiences and place your studies within an applied and real world context.

A wide choice of elective subjects will enable you to choose your own area of specialism. These include: Rural Development, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Ecology: Management and Impacts, Conservation Management Planning, Land and Habitat Restoration, Environmental Policy Analysis, Waste Reduction and Recycling and Carbon Management.

Progression Opportunities: Many students progress from degree courses into taught postgraduate courses such as MSc programmes or into a number of different research areas. SRUC, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, runs a number of related MSc programmes.