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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement


Sustainability and environmental responsibility are some of the biggest issues of our time. If you want a career that allows you to steer the public, industry or governments towards a greener future, this BSc (Hons) Environmental Management degree course is the next step you've been looking for.

You'll get an in-depth understanding of environmental management and conservation and be taught by staff who are working on the latest research and have experience in the industry. You'll learn how to measure and monitor human impact on the environment, both in the field and in our laboratory and IT facilities.

You'll graduate this course with the skill and knowledge to work in environmental management in the public sector, industry and consultancy.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA) so what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry.

This gives you an edge over graduates who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs. It also allows you to become a member of the IEMA during the course and apply for the IEMA Graduate Standard (GradIEMA) award when you graduate.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of sustainability and environmental management through class and field-based study
  • Learn essential transferable skills for employment, such as environmental communication, problem solving, decision making, team working and IT
  • Develop your independent research skills with an applied environmental management project in your third year – potentially on behalf of a major company
  • Enjoy access to outstanding laboratory and IT facilities, including industry-standard geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Take your learning out of the classroom with absorbing site visits in the UK and to locations like Berlin, Malta, Sicily and Uganda
  • Develop valuable contacts through our excellent links to industry and guest speakers from environmental consultancies and organisations
  • Get hands-on experience with the chance to do a paid placement year working with a relevant employer
  • Be able to study overseas through the Erasmus+ exchange scheme
  • Access additional learning and employability resources through our partnership with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the environmental management and sustainability sector in areas such as:

  • planning
  • environmental management
  • business management
  • carbon and resource management
  • impact assessment
  • water and waste industry construction
  • teaching and environmental education

Previous students have gone on to work in roles such as:

  • environmental consultant
  • coastal or river management
  • water industry employee
  • teacher/lecturer
  • researcher/scientist

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Environmental Management degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

The first year assumes you have no prior knowledge of environmental management and sustainability. It gives you an introduction to the subject and an understanding of the key skills you need within the degree programme.

Core units in this year include:

  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental Processes and Hazards
  • Society and Place
  • Tools for Geographical Enquiry
  • Practical Fieldwork Skills
  • Academic Communication Skills

There are no optional units in this year.

The second year focuses on developing core knowledge in relation to environmental sustainability and management. It focuses on current issues and practice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Environmental Footprinting
  • Researching our World: Practice
  • Researching our World: Theory
  • Employability Skills

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Theory
  • Mapping and Modelling Our World
  • Geographies of Development
  • Economic Development and Inequality in the UK

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

The third year focuses on developing practical and professional skills associated with being an environmental manager. In particular, it focuses on applied environmental management skills.

Core units in this year include:

  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Applied Sustainability
  • Independent Research

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Environment and Development
  • Cold Environments
  • River Processes and Management
  • GIS in the Workplace
  • Waste Management and Environmental Pollution
  • Hazardscapes
  • Modelling Causal Relationships

  • Creative Economy, People and Place

  • Geographies of Health and Urban Wellbeing

  • Climate Science

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry with mentoring and support throughout the year.

Previous students have completed work placements at:

  • Ministry of Defence
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • Biffa
  • ORCA
  • National Trust

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. We have an agreement with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), which has links to relevant placement employers and a website advertising placement opportunities.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures – live and online
  • seminars
  • laboratories
  • workshops

The focus of this course is on the course is on identifying environmental issues and current monitoring and management-based techniques. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • consultancy reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • applied projects
  • exams
  • media-based assessments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 52% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 48% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included in the course fee, but you'll need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs.

On a sandwich year, you'll need to pay for travel, accommodation and subsistence associated with placement. These costs will be in the region of £50–£1000.

In the final year you may choose optional units which have field trips associated varying between £300 - £2000. Other non-field based options are available at no cost.


How to apply

If you want to start this course in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – F847
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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