BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences

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Key information

Degree

BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences

Types of study

Full time

Duration

Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021

Faculty

Geographical Sciences / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email international@nottingham.edu.cn.

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for four-year programme.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

This course allows you to develop skills in the collection, processing, and analysis of environmental data which are required in the development and evaluation of policy and practical training in the techniques of environmental management.

The course is multidisciplinary in nature and involves modules from two Schools: Geography and Biosciences. You can also choose modules managed by other departments. Students benefit from exposure to this wide range of perspectives on environmental processes and issues.

This wide choice of modules allows you to design a degree programme tailored to your interests and career aspirations with an emphasis throughout on teaching practical and transferable skills.

Special features

Our undergraduate programme covers all significant aspects of environmental sciences and aims to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline. We also aim to develop your practical, analytical and communication skills to enhance your future career prospects.

You will benefit from a wealth of unique opportunities that only an international, multi-campus university such as Nottingham can offer. For an environmental scientist, this means that you will be able to experience multiple environmental systems across China, Malaysia and the UK and gain a greater understanding of the environmental challenges facing our planet.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

  • For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year programme.
  • For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme.

Year 1 modules

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The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules

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Year two compulsory modules (qualifying year)

Interpreting Environmental Data  Introduction to GIS  The Digital Earth
Global Environmental Processes  Principles of Ecology Environmental Science and Society
Research Skills    

Year 3 modules

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Year three compulsory modules (Part 1-Nottingham UK)

Soil Science Climate Change Science Research Tutorial
Techniques in Physical Geography Dissertation Preparation Soil and Water Science

Restricted - Group 1 Students must choose a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from this group. The course choice should match the intended choice of dissertation topic.

Environmental Change (10 Credits) River Processes and Dynamics (20 Credits) Earth Observation (20 Credits)
Digital Explorers: Finding geospatial patterns in a changing world (10 Credits) Ecosystem Processes (10 Credits) Forest Ecology and Management (10 Credits)
Digital Explorers: Finding geospatial patterns in a changing world (10 Credits) Environmental Change

(20 Credits)

Patterns of Life (20 Credits)
Rural Environmental Geography (20 Credits) Computer Modelling in Science: Introduction (UP) (20 Credits) The Green Planet (20 Credits)

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. Students cannot take both 10 credit and 20 credit versions of the same course.

Year 4 modules

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Year four compulsory modules (Part 2-Nottingham UK)

Dissertation    

Restricted - Group 1 Students must take a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from this group.

Computer Modelling in Science: Applications (20 Credits)

Environmental Biotechnology (10 Credits)

Palaeobiology (10 Credits)

Environmental pollutants: fate, impact and remediation (20 Credits)    

Restricted Group 2 Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group. In exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the course director, students may substitute 20 credits from this group with other courses.

Freshwater Management (20 Credits)

Geospatial Technologies: Mobile, Augmented and Virtual (20 Credits)

Environmental Informatics and Modelling (20 Credits)

Global Climate Change (20 Credits)

Practical River Management and Restoration: Mt St Helens Field Course (20 Credits)

Advances in Remote Sensing (20 Credits)

Emerging Challenges in Biogeography (20 Credits)

   

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. In exceptional circumstances and with the written approval of the course director, students may choose up to 20 credits of other courses at level 3.

Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Our graduates are well equipped to work in the science sector, including employment as an environmental researcher, manager or consultant.

Further study

Among the 35 graduates from BSc Hons Environmental Sciences in 2020, 29 chose to continue their studies. 72.4% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2021 QS World University Rankings University Number
8 Imperial College London 3
10 University College London 12
19 Columbia University 1
20 The University of Edinburgh 2
21 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2
27 The University of Manchester 1
  Total 21

 

Fees

Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. admissions@nottingham.edu.cn
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International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. global@nottingham.edu.cn
T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505
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Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

E. fose_global@nottingham.edu.cn
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