Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management

UCAS code: CN12

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: GeoSciences

College: Science and Engineering

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Introducing BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management

You can combine your study of ecological and environmental sciences with the study of management.

You will study a wide variety of courses, starting with those focused on the origins of life, the basics of ecological theory, and global environmental processes. You will examine topics such as biodiversity, conservation management and land-use, while also gaining a broad understanding of physical, chemical and biological sciences.

Later in the programme you will explore methods used in ecological and environmental analysis and topics such as, water resource management, land use, environmental pollution and environmental modelling. You will be taught by staff involved in high-level research in these subject areas. You will have the opportunity to undertake research projects, including a long independent research project in your final year, and will complete field and laboratory assignments, including at least three week-long field trips in Scotland.

The programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to tackle environmental issues, design robust strategies for sample collection, make ecological and environmental measurements, evaluate the significance of results and manage conservation and environmental protection projects.

In addition to the above, you will be able to study management courses from the University of Edinburgh Business School and the School of Economics as well as from Schools across the College of Science & Engineering. This programme is particularly relevant to those seeking careers in policy-making, consultancy or in the management of natural resources.

This is a course for students who want to combine their interest in the environment with an understanding of business and management.

You will be able to study management courses from both the University of Edinburgh Business School and Schools across the College of Science & Engineering.

Year 1

You will be introduced to fundamental aspects of ecology through compulsory courses Origin and Diversity of Life and Biology, Ecology and Environment, introducing the organisation of ecological communities and the influence of the environment on living organisms.

On the management side, you will study compulsory courses Techniques of Management and Industrial Management 1, run by the School of Engineering and the Business School respectively.

In addition, you will be able to select two courses from other academic areas, some directly related, such as geography, chemistry or geology, and some that may help to widen career opportunities, including modern languages, computing, management and business studies.

Year 2

You will start Year 2 with a nine-day field course (Field Ecology) which runs immediately after the end of the second semester of Year 1. During the year you will also study compulsory courses titled: Principles of Ecology; Soil, Water and Atmospheric Processes; and Ecological & Environmental Analysis.

On the management side you will choose from one business studies and one economics course, in both cases choosing among a wide range of options.

You will further choose one other course, as in Year 1, from throughout the options offered at Edinburgh. In the past students have chosen courses such as Animal Biology, The Green Planet, Oceanography and Environmental Chemistry.

Year 3

You will start Year 3 with a week-long summer field course, which is currently held at the University's outdoor centre on Loch Tay in the Scottish Highlands. You will continue with compulsory ecology courses, including Ecological Measurement and Population and Community Ecology.

You will further choose one or two management courses, ranging from the School of GeoSciences-run Natural Resource Management course, or courses offered by the business studies or economics programmes.

In addition, you will be able to select two or three Year 3 courses from other programmes; in the past students have studied courses such as Animal Diversity & Evolution; Behavioural Ecology; Evolution & Ecology of Plants; Geochemistry; and Quaternary Environmental Change.

Alternatively, there are opportunities to spend Year 3 abroad through one of the University's exchange programmes.

Year 4

You will continue to study compulsory ecology courses, including a week-long summer residential field trip currently held in the Scottish region of Argyll, and choose from a wide selection of option courses, learning at the cutting edge of various ecological, environmental, economics and business studies disciplines.

All students study Professional Skills in Ecological and Environmental Sciences, which directly prepares you for work in this subject area, and the tutorial-based course Critical Thinking in Ecological and Environmental Sciences. This comprises 12 sessions in very small groups with an academic, learning to critically analyse and assess scientific papers and experiments.

Further, you will complete a dissertation in Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management, which is a complete self-contained research study supervised by a member of staff with expertise in applied ecological/environmental sciences. Often these are done in partnership with companies or UK research centres. In this you will develop and demonstrate skills in research planning, data handling and synthesis/writing.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Most teaching takes place within the School of GeoSciences, located within the University's King's Buildings campus. You will also have access to the University's laboratories, computer facilities and libraries across all University sites. In addition, the three compulsory field courses will involve at least one week each of field study across Scotland.

Field trips

Due to the continued support of our generous Alumni community, all travel and accommodation costs associated with compulsory field trips will be waived from 2019. Earth Science, Ecological & Environmental Sciences and Geography degrees all involve a significant element of field study and we are pleased to be able to support our students as they learn practical and highly prized skills.

Find more information about field trips on the GeoSciences website. Field trips

Study abroad

There are opportunities for a year abroad through one of the University's exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of tutorials, lectures, practical classes and fieldwork. You will prepare assignments throughout your programme, working both individually and in groups, producing essays, lab/fieldwork reports, posters and presentations. In your final years you will undertake more private study and will receive individual supervision with your honours dissertation project, as well as tutorials with academic staff in small groups.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework and examinations and additionally, in Year 4, a dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

These programmes are particularly relevant for students interested in working for an environmental consultancy or conservation organisation but also prepare you for careers in the forestry and water industries.

Graduates have also gone on to work for government agencies, providing policy advice, or have entered teaching, finance or management.

Many students use the University’s research contacts to gain experience in their area of interest before starting work or continuing with their studies.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB in one set of exams.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: two of Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics* or Physics* (*include at least one). National 5: Mathematics at grade B.
  • A Levels: Two from Biology*, Chemistry*, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics* or Physics* (*include at least one). GCSE: Mathematics at grade B or 6.
  • IB: HL: two of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics. Diploma must include Mathematics SL 5, if not held at HL. If you do not have SL Maths please contact the admissions office.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management

Additional costs

None.

Funding

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How to apply

School: GeoSciences

College: Science and Engineering