Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

To help students meet the intellectual and practical challenges of studying Environmental Science, our courses are taught using a student-centred approach, involving a range of learning experiences. These include:

  • Small tutor groups (typically 8 students) through all years
  • High levels of field and lab-based teaching within the School of Environmental Sciences and in Europe’s most advanced teaching laboratories
  • An emphasis on active, problem-based learning (learning by doing)
  • Hands-on experience of cutting-edge laboratory technologies
  • Supervised independent and group project work, including a final year independent research-based dissertation supervised by a dedicated expert in the field.

We constantly review our degree programmes to ensure they address the needs of employers, including the many organisations we partner.
Assessments are designed around developing skills and styles of communication that will be relevant to future employers. So, in addition to exams and essays, you will also undertake assessments that include computer-based exercises, oral presentations, laboratory reports, field projects, and research reports. You will complete a compulsory 10,000-word dissertation in your final year on a topic of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop skills as an independent researcher, supported on a one-to-one basis by an expert in the field.