Geography and Environmental Management BSc (Hons) | Harper Adams University | Undergraduate

BSc (Hons)


Geography and Environmental Management

Year of entry

UCAS code

F8D4
Institution code: H12

Duration

4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement

Start date

September 2019

Location

Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

Typical offer

96 UCAS points

The course

This Geography and Environmental Management focused course is multidisciplinary in nature and will introduce you to elements of environment, society and economy before moving on to topics such as sustainable development and environmental management.

You will gain practical knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) applications and will develop a detailed understanding of environmental planning legislation, waste/resource management issues and environmental management.

Practical field skills are an important element of this course and you will benefit from a residential field course in the UK during your first and fourth year of study. Year two students will undertake a residential field expedition to a European location.

Final year students will be given the opportunity to develop an independent research project on a geographical/environmental topic of their choice; they will also learn about specialist current topics such as sustainable energy.

Entry requirements for 2019

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Work placement

To support the taught elements of this programme, all students will undertake a supported year-long industrial placement, working in a course- relevant environment with possibilities in both the UK and overseas.

The one-year work placements are organised and managed through a dedicated placement unit at Harper Adams, who will help you to find a placement within a geography / environmental organisation.

This generates excellent applied knowledge of key course areas and improves employment prospects and the acquisition of real world experience.

Accreditation

Accredited by: Royal Geographical Society (with IGB)

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in geographical knowledge and skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of the world beyond higher education.

The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

Teaching and learning

What you study

This course will develop student skills and knowledge in the following core areas;

  • Introduction to the natural environment
  • Introduction to geomorphology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Rural geography and economics
  • Geography field skills (residential field trip)
  • Social geography and sustainable development
  • Climate change, mitigation and adaptation
  • Waste and resource management
  • Environmental quality and protection
  • Geographical information skills and land use
  • Landscape development and assessment
  • Food security and sustainable food production

Field trips

All first year Geography students attend the Practical Geography Skills  field trip as part of their course. The trip provides students with practical field skills and techniques of quantitative analysis. It normally takes place in May at the Field Studies Council Slapton Ley Field Centre in Devon. This is a seven night residential course, and costs £50*.

All final year Geography students attend a five night residential field course, currently situated on Anglesey. The course provides students with an opportunity to investigate a real world issue of relevance to the environment and provides advanced data collection, analysis, project management and presentation skills. The trip normally takes place in the autumn term and costs £30*.

*cost includes all meals, accommodation and transport to and from the field centre, and are correct as of the 2018/19 academic year.

Teaching and learning

Here at Harper Adams we are committed to high standards in teaching and learning. 

Teaching methods include student centred learning, resource based learning, independent project work, all of which is delivered in a variety of formats: including lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition to this, research-led learning is encouraged where students can be exposed to relevant research in a number of ways, from learning about the work of others and its relevance to wildlife resource management to conducting their own studies and field experiments.

To further underpin the applied nature of this course visiting speakers from within the sector are used and practical field work and site visits form essential elements in the learning method as they provide the contextual relevance for students to establish the link between theory and practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment of student learning is conducted using a variety of methods. Each course module is assessed by a combination of coursework and an end of year exam. A part of the assessment process, student feedback forms an important element in the learning process. All students receive verbal and written feedback on their coursework and exam scripts. 

Example of assessment methods include:

  • Time constrained exams
  • Flora and fauna Identification test 
  • Management plans
  • Essays / case studies
  • Field reports
  • Practical examinations
  • Poster presentations
Careers

Geography has been identified as one of ten recession proof degree subjects and graduates from this degree course can expect to gain employment in a variety of sectors, including graduate entry into many organisations; they will also have the transferable skills necessary for a wide range of alternative roles in public services, environmental consultancy and importantly, areas such as renewables, energy, waste recycling, development and sustainability and society/ community related careers.

97% Employability

Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education

(HESA 2018)

Contacts

For course related enquiries please contact:

Admissions
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000
Email: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk

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