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Undergraduate study

BSc (Hons)
Environmental Land Management

Year of entry

UCAS code

D462
Institution code: H12

Duration

4 years

Start date

September 2020

Location

Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

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Modern environmental land management is a challenging multi-disciplinary field, and this course will train you as an effective practitioner with good knowledge and understanding of the relevant scientific, policy and legislative frameworks as well as sound people and project management skills.

Strategies to protect our environment and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources at national, European and international levels are traditionally founded on principles of applied ecology and sustainable environmental management.  However, in line with broader socio-economic changes, the practice of environmental land management has become more sophisticated, placing greater demands on the skills of staff at all levels of employment.  

As a result, Environmental Land Management graduates will be equipped with a thorough understanding of the underlying technical, economic and managerial principles, and the cultural, ethical and policy context of the sustainable management of the countryside.

Skills learned will include:

  • species and habitat indentification and surveying skills
  • habitat management, planning and evaluation
  • pollution control and monitoring
  • project planning
  • interpreting legal framework documents
  • planning and mitigation
  • environmental management systems
  • co-ordinating species and habitat assessments

Key features include:

  • Residential field trips in years 1 and 4 to underpin and contextualise what you learn.
  • A range of field trips and visits to relevant local and national organisations to provide real life experience and to meet professionals in their field of work.
  • Emphasis on applied environmental science.
  • A focus on the practical application of theory to give you the skills to succeed.

Entry requirements for 2020

What will I study?

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Work placement

Studying Environmental Land Management opens up a range of graduate careers. You will spend your placement year working in a key sector of your choice. Placements can be matched to your career aspirations to help you develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will improve your employability.

Current placement employers include public bodies such as; Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Local Authorities, through to organisations/consultancies such as; RSK ADAS, Eurofins, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Field Studies Council. Placement gives you unique prospects as employers value the combination of theory and hands-on experience.

Teaching and learning

What you study

This course will give you comprehensive training in modern environmental management techniques and will introduce you to key concepts of biodiversity, sustainability, ecology and environmental systems.

You will develop a broad understanding of the scientific principles needed to effectively manage our environment, which is coming under increasing pressure as a result of human activities. You will gain hands-on experience of collecting, analysing and interpreting data for the conservation and management of our natural environment.

The strongly vocational nature of this course is supported by field visits to a diverse range of habitats, which include woodlands, nature reserves, conservation areas and other key UK landscapes.

Field trips

All first year ELM students attend the Introduction to Ecology field trip as part of their course. The trip provides students with practical ecological 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 ELM 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 fieldwork 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

The breadth and flexibility of this course means our students will have the opportunity of careers in a wide range of areas. Environmental Land Management students at Harper Adams have a strong reputation in the graduate jobs market. This stems from our balanced and up-to-date course structure, good links with the industry and the placement year.

There are many career opportunities in the field of Environmental Land Management including the following examples: Environmental Surveyor and Auditor, Environmental Manager, Forestry Officer, Land-based and Environmental Consultant, Renewable Energy Officer, Countryside Manager, and Environmental Education Officer. Employers in the sector include environment and land-based consultancies, land agents, statutory bodies like the Environment Agency and Natural England, local authorities, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts.

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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