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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F750
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

Compulsory modules

Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Earth Surface Processes; Experiments in Physical Geography; Laboratory and Field Techniques for Ecologists; Introduction to Earth Sciences Study Skills and GIS.

Optional modules

Climate, Atmosphere & Oceans

Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes

Maths and Physics for Environmental Scientists

Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils

Living with Environmental Change

Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans

Evolution

Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats

Environmental Chemistry

Ecology and Conservation

Ecology and the Global Environment

Ocean Chemistry and Life

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Study Skills and Gis (ENVS100)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:102
    Aims

    ​The aim of this module is to help students develop theessential study and disciplinary skills required by Geographers andEnvironmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

    Specifically, this module aims to help students:

    • Gain an introduction to key approaches/concepts and ideas in Geography and Environmental Science
    • Identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information
    • Gain study skills essential for subsequent years
    • Develop personal transferable skills
    • Enhance their employability
    • Gain practical experience of applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental and Social Science​
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to record field observations and ideas. 

    ​Use IT tools to find accurate and up to date information. 

    Undertake independent GPS data collection.

    ​Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

    Plan and structure written work to University standard. 

    Ability to critically evaluate academic publications.

    Prepare and deliver poster presentations.​

    Awareness of the importance of early planning for employability enhancement.

  • Experiments in Physical Geography I (ENVS120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    For students to learn:-

    • Careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments.
    • Approaches to measurement quality control via replication and reference materials.
    • Appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics using MINITAB.
    • Succinct and clear presentation of experimental results in poster form (Powerpoint)
    Learning Outcomes

    A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment.  

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instrument; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement.  

    ​Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis.  

  • Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Earth Surface Processes (ENVS165)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module uses a lecture and laboratory-based problem-solving approach to explore some of the fundamental physical and chemical processes underlying physical geography. It is designed to provide a foundation for environmental and physical geography modules in the second and third years.

    It also aims to provide training in careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments. Throughout there is emphasis on quality control via replication and reference materials, and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics.
    Learning Outcomes​The core processes and landforms underlying major geomorphic systems​

    Long term environmental change – Pleistocene and Holocene

    ​A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment​

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instruments; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement​

    ​Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis​

  • Laboratory and Field Techniques for [marine and Terrestial] Ecologists (ENVS171)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    ​This practical module will provide training in a range of ecological skills in a series of field exercises around Liverpool and on a residential field course to SW Wales. The skills used will have a wide application to many fields of environmental science including modern biology, ecology and physical geography. Techniques taught include identification of plants and animals, communities and measurement of selected ecological processes. You will learn quantitative skills in field ecology and how they can be used to solve fundamental and applied problems. You will also learn quite a lot of ecology at the same time.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply a quantitative approach to field science

    ​Work safely under lab and field conditions

    ​Describe plant and animal communities and relate these to environmental factors

    ​Sample plant and animal communities and relate these to environmental factors

    ​Appreciate landscape and ecological features

    ​Measure and understand the relevance of ecological processes

    ​Identify selected plants and animals

    ​Investigate animal behaviour

Year One Optional Modules

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    • Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;
    • How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;
    • How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;
    • How the atmosphere and ocean vary together.
    • How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation
    Learning Outcomes

    1. Knowledge and Understanding
     

    a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

    b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

    c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.​

    2. Intellectual Abilities
     

    a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate system

    b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.​

    3. Subject Based Practical Skills
     

    a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

    b. Understand the use of dimensions.​

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    4. General Transferable Skills
     

    a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.​

  • Minerals, Magmas and Volcanoes (ENVS115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce the petrological microscope
    To introduce the main rock forming minerals
    To examine the origins of Earth''s magmas, igneous rocks and volcanoes.
    To consider the physical and chemical properties of magmas, how compositions of magmas are changed, and how magma emplacement history is recorded in rock texture.
    To examine the physical processes of the main types of volcanic activity and the associated hazards.
    To introduce volcanic hazards awareness and principles of risk mitigation.

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding​

    On successful completion of this module, students should: a. Know the properties of common rock-forming minerals;
    b. Understand common classification schemes for minerals and rocks;
    c. Understand how minerals may be interpreted to infer geological conditions and processes.
    d. Understand the nature, origins and possible outcomes of magmatic activity.
    e. Understand processes of magma compositional change, and know how magmas and igneous rocks are classified.
    f. Recognise common magmatic rocks in hand specimen and under the microscope.
    g. Understand the physical and chemical processes and conditions that govern the spectrum of volcanic eruption styles, and know how volcanic activity is classified.
    h. Understand the impact of volcanism on society and environment.

    Intellectual abilities

    On successful completion of this module, students should have developed the ability to: a. Design a strategy for identifying minerals in hand specimen and thin section.
    b. Be able to analyse magmatic rocks and make simple deductions concerning magmatic history.
    c. Be able to observe, record, interpret and present descriptive information regarding volcanic activity.
    d. Be able to solve problems concerning physical processes and the environment.
    e. Be able to infer conditions and processes of emplacement and cooling from rock texture.

    Subject base practical skillsOn successful completion of this module students should: a. Be able to use a hand lens and a petrological microscope;
    b. Be able to make proper drawings of minerals seen in hand specimen and thin section.
    c. Be able to use simple techniques of visualisation and numeracy to solve volcanological problems.
    d. Competently use the petrological microscope to record textural information and unravel magmatic process.

  • Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS117)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide students with   

    1) A grounding in the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

    2) Practical experience in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​At the end of the module a student shoudl be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

    ​At the end of the module the student should be able to      

    a) judge which is the correct formula or equation to use under particular circumstances.

    b) demonstrate skills in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment

    At the end of the module a student should be able to      

    a) do simple estimations by hand

    b) do arithmetic using a calculator

    c) rearrange algebraic formulae to make the required quantity the subject

    d) insert values in a formula and calculate the correct answer

    e) sketch simple mathematical curves by inspection of the formula

    f) differentiate and integrate simple mathematical functions

  • Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils (ENVS118)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
    • The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and to introduce the main groups of common fossil.
    • The module aims to cover the basic language used to describe sediments and fossils and gives an introduction to a range of physical, chemical and biological concepts.   
    • The students are introduced to the economic significance of sediments and sedimentary rocks and how fossils provide information on geological time, evolutionary history and ancient environments.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​1. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe sediments and sedimentary rocks at outcrop, hand specimen and thin section scales, identifying and naming key structures and fabrics.

    ​2. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between process and product for both depositional and diagenetic features and be able to discuss the utility of sedimentary rocks to determine processs and, to a lesser extent, environment.

    ​3. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe, name and identify and interpret the main features of common fossils.

    4. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how organisms are preserved as fossils, and of the utility of fossils to identify ancient modes of life, environments and relative ages of rocks.
  • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The over-arching aim of thismodule is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facingsociety and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinaryresearch theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climatechange and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energyefficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach iscrucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to findingholistic and sustainable solutions.

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    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

    ​Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

    ​Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

    ​Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

  • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will encounter these groups in subsequent modules and field studies and gaining a familiarity with them in this module will enable them to recognise them and understand their role in marine ecosystems. 


    Learning Outcomes​Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

    ​Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

    ​Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches. 

    ​Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of ecosystem types in the marine environment and the various threats that they face. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

      ​Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

      ​Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

      ​Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

      ​Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

      ​Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

    • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module aims to provide a basic understanding of chemistry relevant for environmental sciences.


      Learning Outcomes

      a. describe the structure of an atom, its electronic configuration and predict some of its chemical behaviour based on its position in the periodic table;​

      ​b. understand the inter andintramolecular forces that bond molecules and atoms together to form "matter", and thusexplain why for instance water is a liquid atroom temperature while oxygen is a gas;​

      ​c. name chemical compounds, write balanced chemical reactions and understand howthe amount of products and reactants can be predicted;​

      ​d. understand whatoxidation numbers and redox reactions are and relate those to someenvironmental processes;

      ​e. understand basics of aquatic chemistry such aspH, concentration, dilution; understand energy changes in chemical reactions;​

      ​f. be aware of the basics of organicbiogeochemistry.​

    • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

      To encourage students to manage their own learning.

      Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



      ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

      ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

      ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

      ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

      ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

      ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

    • Ecology and the Global Environment (LIFE120)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • This module aims to:

      Describe the physical and chemical contexts of the biosphere, the cycling of important elements at different scales, the distribution of biomes and the ecosystem concept;

    • Discuss ecological concepts such as succession, niche, food web theory, ecosystem stability and the impact of human activities;
    • Explain conservation of biodiversity at a range of scales.
    • Develop knowledge and understanding in ecology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
    • Learning Outcomes​Identify a range of global problems facing mankind that have ecological origins;
      Link each of these problems to key ecological concepts;Recognize how interactions of individuals, populations and communities with the physico-chemical environment contribute to determining species distributions and abundance, and to the flows of energy and nutrients;

      Identify the demographic forces underlying the growth and size of populations and the determination of biodiversity.

    • Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry (ENVS158)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. To introduce students to marine chemistry of the major and trace elements.
      2. To demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the chemical ocean environment and biological processes.
      3. To identify the main ocean basins and main oceanic transport routes of chemical species
      4. To teach the necessary practical skills for oceanographic sampling and measurement of chemical species.
      Learning Outcomes1. Students will be able to identify ocean basins, their major characteristics and transport pathways.

      2. Students will gain knowledge of the sources and distributions of major and minor elements in the ocean, including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

      3. Students will understand the chemical and biological processes that control the distribution of major and minor elements including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

      ​3. Students will recognize the form and function of different components of the marine ecosystem including viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. ​

      ​4. Students will be able to synthesis knowledge of key biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to understand how they are linked in the modern and past ocean environment. 

      5. Students will know how to measure key properties of the ocean and interpret why they vary in space and time

    Programme Year Two

    Compulsory modules

    Research Skills; Statistics for Environmental Scientists; Environmental Science Field Class.

    Optional modules

    Quaternary Environmental Change

    Catchment Hydrology

    Environmental Sustainability

    An Introduction to Environmental History

    Marine Pollution

    Biodiversity Practical Skills

    Soils, Slopes and the Environment

    Climatology

    Marine Ecology and Resource Exploitation

    Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air

    Ecology Practical Skills

    Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas

    Population and Community Ecology

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Research Skills (geography and Environmental Science) (ENVS203)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. Provide students with training in research methods and analysis techniques
      2. Develop students'' understanding and appreciation of the Environmental Sciences as a contemporary academic discipline
      3. Nurture students'' understanding of, and engagement with, theoretical and methodological issues in the Environmental Sciences
      4. Develop students'' skills of critical analysis and academic writing
      5. Support students'' preparation for individual research projects
      6. Develop students'' study and personal transferable skills
      7. Develop students'' awareness of careers and employability.
      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Geography and the Environmental Sciences in recent decades

      ​Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature and appropriate use of different methodological strategies

      ​Making use of newly-developed research skills and knowledge, identify a research problem or subject and design an appropriate research strategy

      ​Write a dissertation proposal in an academic style with appropriate illustrations, citations and references

      ​Enhanced ability to write an essay in a technical English academic style

      ​Make an oral presentation on a researched topic to a small group

      ​Develop personal employability skills through application letter and CV development

    • Statistics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS222)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module provides training in statistics for environmental scientists. We emphasize the use of software to analyze real environmental data. We do not assume extensive prior knowledge. We will teach the essential theory alongside the practical components.

      Learning Outcomes

      make sense of the statistical terms that appear in scientific papers and the media


      ​summarize data using graphs, tables, and numerical summaries

      ​choose appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

      use statistical software to apply these methods, and interpret the output

    • Environmental Science Field Class (ENVS285)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To provide experience in designing, executing, analysing and presenting (orally and in a report) a research field project in the environmental sciences.

      Learning Outcomes

      Gained knowledge, understanding and experience in planning and executing a research project in the Environmental Sciences.

      ​Developed key skills in field data collection and laboratory anlaysis (where appropriate) in the s (where appropriate) in the Environmental Sciences.

      ​​​​​​Enhanced skills in the statistical analysis of data

      ​Developed skills in writing and presentating orally a research project

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Changing Environments (ENVS214)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      At the end of this module, students will have a strong understanding of the mechanisms that have shaped our landscape over time; laboratory and computer skills to yeild environmental reconstructions; a critical insight of the different techniques and methodolgies for reconstructing past environments; an understanding of the importance to study the past to forecast future environmental change.

      Learning Outcomes​At the end of this module, students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the global changes that have affected the Earth in the recent past
      ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the key characteristics of important depositional environments

      ​Students will have acquired theoretical knowledge of the major environmental indicators used  in these environments and the dating techniques

      Through practical work, you will have acquired practical knowledge of different laboratory techniques needed for the identification of major biological indicators conventionally used for reconstructing the environment and climate (pollen, diatoms, foraminifera, testate amoeba); lake sediment description and analysis; spatial awareness of landscape change thought GIS exercises. ​
    • Catchment Hydrology (ENVS217)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to enable students to ​investigate and understand the main hydrological processes operating in drainage catchments in terms of their measurement, operation and controlling factors. The module will provide students with a ''hands-on'' experience of both observing hydrology and modelling hydrological systems, with an emphasis on applied learning, which might be useful in a vocational sense in the future. The module will aim to deliver excellent training for students in the knowledge required to work in a wide variety of environmentally-facing careers, including those with the EA, Natural England or DEFRA, as well as Environmental Consultancies.

      Learning Outcomes

      Describe the key hydrological components of the catchment system

      Explain the main controlling factors on hydrological processes occurring within drainage catchments​ ​​Analyse and predict the response of catchments to rainfall events ​​​Evaluate methods used to predict river flows​

      ​Review the environmental variables that control the morphology, sedimentation and evolution of lakes​

    • Environmental Sustainability (ENVS218)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to: introduce students to current thinking in relation to sustainable development and locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas; develop an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of human development ; develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students completing the course successfully should:

      1. be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas;
      2. have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;
      3. develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

    • An Introduction to Environmental History (ENVS223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The module seeks to introduce students to the discipline of Environmental History, examining the different ways in which human-environment interactions have changed through time. Providing students with a knowledge of how present interactions have been shaped by past activities, and how these can be used to better understand the future. 

      It forms a basis for more advanced environmental courses in Year 3.

      Learning Outcomes

      On completion of this module, students should be able:-

      1. Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental history from the pre-history to the present day.

      2. To have a demonstrable understanding and ability to critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: the domestication of plants and animals; the agricultural and industrial revolutions from the eighteenth century; and present day processes of globalisation and resource management.

      3. To critically explain the consequences of desertification and deforestation.

      4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the sustainability of agricultural and industrial systems.

      5. To engage with debates on environmental philosophy and ethics.

      Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

    • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

      ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

      ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

      ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

      Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

      ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

    • Biodiversity Practical Skills (LIFE233)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. To develop in students the ability to acquire, present, critically evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data related to biological specimens; 

      2. To develop in students practical skills and the ability to accurately record procedures and protocols; 

      3. To  provide students with the opportunity to execute a series of experiments, and to use laboratory and field equipment correctly and safely to generate data.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​To map taxonomic and evolutionary relationships in order to understand large scale evolutionary processes.

      ​To conduct field sampling of plants and invertebrates in order to measure biodiversity and describe a range of habitats. 

      To use keys for taxonomy in order to measure biodiversity, and understand the role of adaptation in evolutionary processes. ​

      To dissect and observe the morphology of specific organ systems in order to compare physiologies. 

      ​To utilise basic Geographic Information Sytems in order to map habitats spatially.

    • Soils, Slopes and the Environment (ENVS238)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      1.  To understand the fundamental properties and characteristics of slopes and soils.

      2. To understand slope and soil forming processes and evolution

      3. To apply this knowledge to a number of pure and applied problems relating to slope and soil stability.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Describe the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils.

      ​Use your knowledge of the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils to classify them

      ​Understand the processes of soil formation.

      ​Understand the factors that affect slope and soil stability

      ​Explain the processes of soil erosion, why they vary in time and space, and describe how they shape the landscape.

      ​Explain why landslides/mass movements occur.

    • Climatology (ENVS231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding across a number of areas of meteorology and weather, covering physical processes.  These processes are covered at a detailed level and supported by an overview of the subject area. This module gives the scientific foundation for more discursive as well as process orientated final year modules.

      The practicals provide an introduction to aspects of meteorological analysis. These are supported through the general lecture programme.  The practical series add to the learning experience and skills to enable students to apply what is learnt in the lecture programme. 

        

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Evaluate appropriate theories, methods and techniques

      ​Recognise how selected environments interact with appropriate atmospheric and weather processes

      ​Understand different weather from high, mid and tropical latitudes

      Apply practical data analysis.​
    • Marine Ecophysiology, Ecology and Exploitation (ENVS251)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
      Aims

      This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinarytopics.


      Learning Outcomes

      Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment​

      ​Understand the imporance of ​​​​​some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

      ​Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals 

      ​Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

      ​Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

    • Geomorphology: Ice, Sea and Air (ENVS252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      The module aims  to

      1) develop an understanding of major geomorphic systems

       and

      2) how they create terrestrial landforms.

      Learning OutcomesOn completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding ofthe functioning of major geomorphic processes

      ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between geomorphic processes and climate

      ​On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the magnitude, frequency and spatial scales and timescales under which geomorphic processes operate

      On completion of this module the students will demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of ​the importance of linkages between geomorphic process, material and resulting landform (energy/material interaction).

    • Ecology Practical Skills (ENVS261)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to experience and gain familiarity with a range of scientific, practical techniques that are used to study the terrestrial environment and its biota. provide students with an opportunity to experience and gain familiarity with a range of scientific, practical techniques that are used to study the terrestrial environment and its biota.

      Learning OutcomesMeasurement of plant productivity – measurement   of photosynthetic rate Measurement of respiration

      ​Measurement of biomass increment – dendrochronology – how to age trees, measure annual growth increment and link this to climate change.

      Rapid Biodiversity Assessment

      In groups undertake a survey in a local nature reserve

    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

      Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

      Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

      Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

      ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

      ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

      ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

      ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

    • Population and Community Ecology (LIFE214)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • ​Introduce students to the concepts and principles underlying the dynamic interactions between species within communities and populations;

    • ​Describe examples, taken from across the globe, that illustrate: the importance of population ecology; pressures on fish stocks; use of natural predators for biological control processes;

    • Describe how mutualistic interactions benefit communities, such as coral reefs and leguminous plants;
    • Explore how knowledge and understanding of species- and community- interactions can help to develop plans for ecological restoration;
    • Develop students’ ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding to solve problems in zoology.

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​Describe the demographic forces acting on populations of a single species, and their consequences;

      ​Explain the key features of the dynamics of antagonistic two-species interactions (interspecific competition and predation) and of mutualisms;

      Describe the development of community patterns in time (succession) and in space;​Explain the relationships between structure and function operating at the level of the ecological community;Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of ecology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.​

      Interpret biological patterns in terms of their dynamics and underlying processes.​

    Programme Year Three

    Compulsory modules

    Dissertation (or work based dissertation)

    Optional modules 

    Surviving the Marine Environment: Adaptation, Behaviour And Conservation

    Human-Environmental Interactions

    Natural Hazards and Society

    Politics of the Environment

    Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes, and Projects

    Ocean Dynamics

    Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change

    Field class

    (Iceland)

    or

    Field class (Santa Cruz)

    or

    Field class (Algarve)

     

    Fluvial Environments

    Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications

    Issues

    Climate Change - A Critical Review

    Geoarchaeology

    Science Communication

    Evolution, Oceans and Climate

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Geography Dissertation (ENVS321)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theorectical concepts to real-life situations

      2. To alow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice

      Learning Outcomes​​​

      Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

      1. An understanding of how to use indepenent research to address a specific research question

      ​An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question

      ​The ability to undertake and write-up an indpdendent review of the academic literature relating to a specific research question

      ​. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data

      ​The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout

      ​ A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion

      ​The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts

    • Geography Work-based Dissertation (ENVS323)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims:

      1. To provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations.
      2. To allow students to identify a research question, devise a research methodology and conduct a research project on a topic of their choice.
      3. To give students the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a workplace context.
      Learning Outcomes​​​

      Successful completion of this module will deliver the following learning outcomes:

      1. An understanding of how to use independent research to address a specific research question
      2. An understanding of how to design and carry out a research project to answer that question.
      3. The ability to undertake and write-up an independent review of the academic literature relating to a a specific research question
      4. The ability to collect, synthesise and analyse a large amount of primary and secondary data.
      5. The ability to write-up a research project following academic conventions regarding structure and layout.
      6. A clearer understanding of how to time-manage a project to completion
      7. The ability to reflect on the skills learned and how different skills can be used in different contexts
      8. Experience of working alongside a workplace partner to address a research question of relevance to that workplace.  
      9. The ability to write up research findings for a non-academic audience in the form of a report.

    Year Three Optional Modules

    • Surviving the Marine Environment: Adaptation, Behaviour and Conservation (ENVS310)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​This module aims to foster a broad understanding of contemporary theory in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology, with special reference to the marine environment. We will consider processes that operate at scales from individuals to populations and consider implications of these processes for the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

      Learning OutcomesAppreciate the diversity of behavioural, life-history, genetic and phenotypic adaptations that are adopted by a variety of marine organisms;

      Understand the costs and benefits of these behavioural and life-history strategies of different marine species;

      Understand the various processes that drive evolution in the marine environment;

      Have experience of the relevance of evolutionary processes to contemporary marine science and biological conservation.​

    • Human-environmental Interactions (ENVS315)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to demonstrate and review how successful management of modern and future landscapes often requires a long time perspective.

      Learning Outcomes

      Learning outcomes are: a knowledge of appropriate theory about environmental change

      ​a deeper understanding of interactions between human activities and landscape in space and time

      a critical view of the assumptions on which landscape management decisions and future modelled states are based; ​
    • Natural Hazards and Society (ENVS319)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To introduce contextual perspectives on a variety of natural hazards, the different levels of impact on human societies and the mitigation/adaptation strategies adopted before, during and after an extreme natural event.

      Learning Outcomes

      An understanding of the physical and societal definitions of a natural hazard

      An understanding of the processes leading to geophysical, hydrological, meteorological and climatological hazards

      ​An awareness of the vulnerability of societies

      ​An appreciation of the costs on these extremes events on societies

      ​Acquire a sound knowledge on mitigation and adaptation strategies for each type of natural hazard

    • Politics of the Environment (ENVS325)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This unit is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impact that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance, (international, national and local). More specifically the unit aims to: 

      1)         develop an understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes; 

      2)         explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;  

      3)         develop an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states; 

      4)         understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance; 

      5)         explore the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda

      Learning Outcomesan appreciation of how environmental issues are being developed at all levels of governance

      ​an understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

      an understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes an understanding of the way that various environmental intereste groups impact on political and other decision making processes 
       

    • Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects (ENVS329)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims

      This module provides for a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of strategic environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes and of environmental impact assessment of projects.

      Learning Outcomes 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

      2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

      ​​

      3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

      ​4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

      ​5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

    • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

      • To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;
      • To address how tracers spread;
      • To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;
      • To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;
      • To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;
      • To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

      ​Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

      ​Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the factors controling fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

    • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

      ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

    • Field Class (iceland): Glaciology Past, Present and Future (ENVS330)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To provide students with experience in:

      • Application of glaciological theory within practical field research and the current state of knowledge within glaciology.
      • In-depth knowledge reflecting most up to date understanding of glaciers and ice sheets
      • The practicalities of undertaking work in glacial environments, developing fieldwork skills including project development and critical evaluation.
      • Team work and time management.
      • Give experience of collecting and analysing data, and how to interpret and present this as a piece of academic research.
      • Develop ability to critically apply glaciological knowledge to novel scenarios as part of concisely written summary assessments on each topic
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Gaining of field skills and experience working in glacial environments

      ​Formulation and identification of topics suitable for project work

      ​Analysis and interpretation of field data within an academic journal format

      ​Synthesis and presentation of knowledge within a short timeframe

      ​Engaging with the latest glaciological research

      ​Ability to critically apply glaciological theory to given scenarios

      ​Understanding of the wider applicability of glaciology to society and the climate system

    • Field Class (santa Cruz) (ENVS352)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To provide students with experience in:

      • Application of theory to practical field research.
      • General fieldwork skills (Critical observation, data collection and management, continual re-evaluation of progress, etc.).
      • Team work.
      • Synthesis, interpretation, and presentation of data obtained through independent research.
      • Group report writing.

      Learning Outcomes

      Identification of research questions from current research literature

      ​Formulation of a research proposal with appropriate scope for a short field study

      ​Implementation of a field research project

      ​Analysis and interpretation of findings

      ​Formal presentation of research findings in academic journal format

    • Field Class (algarve, Portugal) (ENVS380)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop an understanding of the physical and biological landscape of the Algarve and its modification by human action; to get to know the basic geomorphic evolution of the Algarve area in the light of climate change; to comprehend the interplay of processes acting at different spatial and temporal scales in the present day landscape; to realize the importance that the physiographic setting has for natural resources, landuse and natural hazards in a Mediterranean landscape, and how human landuse has transformed the landscape; applied in a climatic context not found in the UK; to learn how water, landscape and vegetation resources are managed.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to evaluate the field evidence: (a) for understanding the role of climate in landform evolution (applied in an environmental context not encountered in the UK)

      ​b) for interpreting the temporal and spatial relationships between climate change and human impact on landscapes and environments,

      ​(c) for deducing the importance of lithology and landscape evolution for present day soils, land use and natural hazards.

      ​(d) for inferring human impact on the landscape

    • Fluvial Environments (ENVS372)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      To develop understanding of functioning and stability/instability characteristics of fluvial geomorphic systems - in both humid and arid regions over timescales from the Pleistocene to the present day

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, a student should be able to:-
      1. Describe and analyse the functioning of fluvial systems and apply major concepts (Assessed by exam)




       

      ​2. Explain the different temporal and spatial scales on which variations occur (Assessed by exam and essay)

      ​3. Analyse and evaluate the likely factors influencing fluvial responses (Assessed by essay and exam)

      4. Analyse and use field evidence of fluvial processes and landforms (Assessed by use of field experience in exam and essay)

      5. Critically evaluate and synthesise published literature (Assessed by essay)

    • Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      To develop the connections between ecological theory and the management of marine communities and ecosystems. The theory covered will mostly be concerned with the dynamics and diversity of communities and ecosystems.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

      ​relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

      ​use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

      ​recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

    • Issues in Geography (ENVS385)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      1

      To give students the chance to examine a topic or an approach which is new to them. By Year 3, students usually have well-focused areas of study, based on dissertations and module choices. This module allows students to take a step back from this focus and to consider new areas of investigation.

      2

      To extend and assess students'' abilities in a range of areas, emphasising communication skills:

      - Identification of a suitable area of study
      - Independent research skills
      - Proposal writing
      - Oral presentation
      - Essay writing

      Learning Outcomes

      Identify and formulate a topic, requiring information gathering and synthesis of widely ranging information types

      ​Effectively communicate ideas through oral and written media

      ​Competently handle current communications technology

      ​Synthesise arguments and evidence

    • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

      Learning Outcomes

      Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

      ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


      ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


      Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

      ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    • Geoarchaeology (ENVS392)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
    • ​To provide an understanding the principles and methods of the application of the earth sciences in archaeological investigations.

    • ​To develop an appreciation of the value of a multidisciplinary scientific approach to understanding landscape evolution during archaeological investigations

    • ​To provide an understanding of the principles and methods of archaeological sciences in archaeological investigations.

    • ​To develop an understanding of the techniques used in archaeological sciences during investigation of artefacts and their geological significance

    • To gain experience in the use of multiple data sets from different scientific disciplines used in archaeological analyses.

    • ​To develop experience in communicating between multiple disciplines and both scientifically literate specialist and non-specialist audiences

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​Understand the different aspects of geoarchaeology and scientific archaeology

      ​Know the range of different practical analyses that can be used in geoarchaeological and archaeometric investigations

      Understand how and where to apply multiple datasets in geoarchaeological and archaeometric investigations​

      Critically evaluate competing theories of landscape and palaeoenvironmental development​

      ​Critically evaluate the benefits of different techniques and be able to assess the appropriate scientific techniques to answer archaeological questions

      ​​Assess and communicate the level of certainty in predictions from imperfect datasets

      ​Use different microscopy techniques to recognise important minerals and alteration products

      ​​Use data from a range of scientific methods to interpret landscape and palaeoenvironmental influences, source materials and chronology

      ​Use and correlate stratigraphic data from archaeological sites

      ​Presentation skills for written and oral work and communication of scientific data to different audiences

      ​Working collaboratively to summarise and share information effectively during development of an online resource

    • Science Communication (ENVS393)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Provide key transferable skills​ to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working.

    • ​Provide classoom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

    • ​Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers.

    • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation.​

    • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activites within merseyside.​

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles.

      ​Have an understanding of the Widening Participation Agenda

      Have an understanding of relevant STEM subjects and activities that would link into the National Curriculum

      ​Develop appropriate STEM activities for KS2 and KS3 school groups that link with the National Curriculum

      ​Reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach acivities and their delivery

      ​Be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice ​when delivering within a school setting

      ​Be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

      ​Have experience of planning the delivery of a project

      ​Have experience of team working

      ​Have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    • Evolution, Oceans and Climate (ENVS461)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to develop

      Skills -the manipulation and interpretation of numerical, stratigraphic and geochemical data, the synthesis of data and literature information and coherent scientific argument.

      Knowledge and understanding of the major controls on the behaviour of the Earth''s oceans and climates and the interaction of climate and the evolution of life on Earth. An appreciation of the role of physical, geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological techniques in the study of ancient oceans and climates, and the relationships between changes in the physical environment and the development of life on Earth.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the key changes that have affected life on earth and the evolution of climate, atmosphere and oceans. 

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the use of geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological data to determine and monitor past changes. 

      ​Through data analysis and dicussion students will develop skills to analyse and criticise the methodology and conclusions in published work. 

      ​Students will develop their core skills in data analysis, verbal and written comunication

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    You will be assigned an Academic Adviser in each of the three years who will provide pastoral care and help you develop your skills for your chosen career path.

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

    • Small tutor groups (typically six-eight 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.

    Assessment

    Your assessments are designed around developing skills and styles of communication that will be most 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 your skills as an independent researcher and develop specialist expertise in your chosen career path, supported on a one-to-one basis by an expert in the field.