University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences (2+2/2+1)




Course Outline

This course develops a fundamental scientific understanding of environmental and ecological processes and systems. These systems are also studied in their social, economic, political and cultural settings. In addition the modules offered allow students to develop skills in the collection, processing and analysis of environmental data which are eventually useful 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. Students can also opt for modules run by other Divisions. Participants benefit from exposure to this wide range of perspectives on environmental processes and issues.

This wide choice of modules allows students to design a degree programme tailored to their personal interests and career aspirations with an emphasis throughout on teaching realistic and transferable skills.


Course structure

The degree is offered as a three of four year programme depending on your entry qualification. Students have the option to study the whole course in China (3+0 or 4+0) or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham, UK (1+2 or 2+2).

Year One (Preliminary year - Ningbo)

N.B. This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for Year Two entry.

Modules common to many degrees at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China are studied including:

  • Written and oral communication and study
  • Communication and IT skills
  • English in specific academic contexts

Plus a specific foundation environment module:

  • Introduction to the environment

Students also work in small groups to develop their academic English language skills.

Year Two (Qualifying Year - Ningbo)

Skills modules taught this year include:

  • Interpreting environmental data
  • Introduction to GIS
  • The Digital Earth

Plus specialised modules on:

  • Global environmental processes
  • Interpreting environmental data
  • Principles of ecology
  • Environmental science and society

Plus contextualisation of the above with an environmental sciences dissertation.

Year Three (Part I - Nottingham UK)

The skills developed at Ningbo are enhanced throughout this year and optional choices allow the development of knowledge in more specialised field of environmental science including:

  • Soil science
  • Hydrology and hydrogeochemistry
  • Climate and environmental change
  • Landscape processes in desert, river and coastal environments

Year Four (Part II - Nottingham UK)

This year involves the opportunity for students to practice and demonstrate their acquired skills through a major independent research project leading to the submission of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen by the student.

Taught modules increasingly focus on the practical and applied aspects of Environmental Science with modules on:

  • Environmental contaminants and pollutants
  • Environmental modelling
  • River, coast and ecological conservation and management
  • Remote sensing and landscape visualisation

Future study

Of the 31 students who graduated from BSc Environmental Sciences in 2018,
27 continued onto postgraduate studies at world top 50 universities according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Our graduates are well equipped to work in the science sector, including employment as an environmental researcher, manager or consultant.

 2019 QS World University Rankings University                                                        Number
 5  University of Oxford  2
 8  Imperial College London  6
 10  University College London  2
 24  The Australian National University  1
 39  University of Melbourne  2
 42  University of Sydeny  1
 45  University of New South Wales  1
 49  Chinese University of Hong Kong  1
   total  16


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Tel: +86(0)574 88186512



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