Overview

The growing changes affecting the natural environment, and the increasing role of environmental policies affecting businesses and organisations are creating new and challenging career opportunities for those familiar with issues of sustainable development, planning and environmental protection and management.

The BSc in Environmental Management explores the physical, social, economic and cultural aspects of environmental management. It combines aspects of science, geography and environmental planning with an environmental work placement to understand the environmental systems in which we live and work.

Students will be enabled to understand; issues of sustainable development, conservation and environmental protection and management, the integrated and holistic nature of environmental management and how to devise, manage and critically evaluate project work.

Environmental Management Degree highlights

Students undertaking this BSc will have the opportunity to undertake a 16 week placement as part of their studies in year 2.

Professional Accreditations

  • Degrees accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Industry Links

  • Students must complete a compulsory 16-week work placement as an integral part of Stage 2. This placement will help students apply their degree to a work place environment, and build a foundation for future career opportunities. Work placements take place in a wide range of organisations including Farrans, Northstone Quarries, SITA Waste Management, Ulster Wildlife Trust, Colin Glen, National Trust, Property developers, Property management companies, Environmental consultancies and Councils. Work placement overseas is encouraged and students have worked in America, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and England.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • The course will include ‘Dragons’ Den’ presentations to external experts in the final year for the module Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Planning and Geography modules will host guest lectures from business practitioners. Site visits will be an important component of many modules, including Environmental Management, Environmental Assessment, Policies for Environmental Sustainability, Dynamic Earth and Environmental Change.

Student Experience

  • This is a unique interdisciplinary course shared between two Schools – Biological Sciences and Natural and Built Environment.
 

Course content

Course Structure

Stage 1
• Contemporary Issues in Urban and Rural Planning
• Dynamic Earth
• Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future
• Environmental Management
• Planning, Health and Well Being
• Processes and Principles of Physical Geography
Stage 2
• Environmental Assessment
• Geographical Research and Personal Development
• Introduction to Environmental Economics
• Landscapes and Geographical Information Systems
• 16 Week Work Placement

One of the following:
• Planning Theory and Society
• Sustaining the Biosphere
Stage 3
• Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Policies for Environmental Sustainability
• Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development

One of the following:
• Climate Change: Science, Scenarios and Impacts
• Infrastructure and Transportation Planning

One of the following:
• Environmental Management Dissertation
• Geography of Contested Territories

People teaching you

Dr Alberto Longo
Director of Education
Biological Sciences

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
9 (hours maximum)
Typical hours per week. Teaching will take place in large, medium and small groups, and it will include site visits, group projects, students’ presentations, tutorials, and personal study time.
Personal Study
31 (hours maximum)

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BSc Environmental Management we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

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Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

E-learning technologies, leactures, peer mentoring, personal tutors, self-directed study, seminars/ tutorials, supervised research, and work related field trips and study tours.

Assessment

Details of assessment are outlined below:

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The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning outcomes of each module. Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and class tests or examinations. Some modules [e.g. final year Honours Project module] are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

Feedback

As you progress through your course you will receive general and specific feedback about your work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. As a university student, you will be expected to take a greater role in reflecting on this and taking the initiative in continuously improving the quality of your work.

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Feedback may be provided to you in a variety of forms including: formal written comments, face to face comments, placement employer comments or references, online or emailed feedback, pre-submission advice, feedback and outcomes from practical classes, and others.

Face to face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help address a specific query.

Placement employer comments or references.

Online or emailed comment.

General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.

Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.

Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.

Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBB including at least two from Biology, Economics and Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
ABB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Note: certain modules will require GCSE Mathematics grade B.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in at least two from Biology, Economics and Geography + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
OR
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Certain modules will require Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics.

BTEC Extended diploma
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
Any BTEC Extended Diploma with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Note: certain modules will require GCSE Mathematics grade B.

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65-70%. GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.

Note: certain modules will require GCSE Mathematics grade B or equivalent in Access Course.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the of School of Biological Sciences. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Environmental Management degree along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For entry last year, applicants for the Environmental Management degree must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language and Mathematics), though this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled. Please note that certain modules within this degree require students to have a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Students with a grade C in GCSE Mathematics can be admitted, but they will not be able to choose these modules.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The minimum acceptable is two subjects at A-level plus one at AS though candidates offering this combination will be considered on an individual basis depending on the degree for which they have applied. The offer for repeat candidates is normally the same as for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Edexcel National and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered. The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates offering other qualifications.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the Land Use and Environmental Management degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Careers are diverse, not only in the rural and land use industries and government services, but also in private sector industries, financial institutions and agribusiness concerns of various kinds.

Graduates will have a knowledge of the natural environment, be able to demonstrate familiarity with sustainable development, conservation and environmental protection issues, as well as an understanding of the integrated and holistic nature of land use and environmental management.

Possible careers include environmental management (private and public sectors) and include consultancy and environmental impact assessment with environmental organisations (eg RSPB, WWF). Graduates can become Chartered Surveyors. Opportunities also exist within the full range of occupations associated with graduate employment.

Employment after the Course
Students who graduate from the Environmental Management programmes have primarily embraced careers in the following areas: environmental management; environmental consultancy; environmental conservation; environmental surveying.

Employment Links
Graduates from this course have found employment in several organisations, including:

• Action Renewables
• The Consumer Council
• DAERA
• Ecologia
• Environment Agency
• Nestlé
• RecyCo Waste Management
• RSPB

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,160
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,160
International £19,500

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Environmental Management costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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