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University of Nottingham

Environmental Biology (4 years)

UCAS Code: C152

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

including biology and two additional A level or equivalent. A pass is required in science practicals where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.

Pass the Access to Science course with 60 credits overall, including 45 at level 3, of which 30 must be in relevant science modules and at merit. GCSE English at grade C or above is also required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3-M2,M2,M2

Including Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Including specified grades including Biology at Higher Level and English language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-DDM

Science-based, such as Applied Science

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B-B,B

including Biology plus one other Advanced Higher. This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades ABBBB-BBBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-B,B,B,B,B


This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AB-BB, including Biology.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

Accepted alongside Biology A level plus one additional A level.

UCAS Tariff

96-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Environmental biology

This integrated masters course advances your skills in environmental biology research. You'll study how to write research proposals and how to communicate your research to a wider audience. You'll develop your project management skills and your grasp of analytical techniques. All of these are essential if you decide you'd like a research career.

You'll look at the impact of humans on our natural environment. Studying the biggest environmental threats to biodiversity:

- climate change

- habitat loss

- invasive species

You'll understand the effects of these threats, and learn ways to manage and reduce them.

On our accredited course, you'll get high standards of practical, field and theoretical activities. Surveying techniques are commonly used by environmental consultants in industry. You'll get plenty of opportunities to practice these skills. Day trips and visits to local sites will include activities including:

- bat surveys

- habitat surveys

- winter tree ID

You can also choose from field courses in Malaysia and Sweden. In Malaysia, you'll see the impact of tourism on Tioman Island. You'll do practical work in mangroves, visit a palm oil plantation, and see deforestation of tropical forest.

Throughout your degree you can choose from a range of additional options. You can apply to do these when you get here:

- Industry placement - you can add a year in industry between years two and three

- Study abroad - options include our Malaysia campus, Australia, Canada, or Europe

Modules

In the first year you will gain a strong grounding in biological and environmental sciences with core modules in the major domains of life (animals, plants, microbes) and environmental processes such as nutrient recycling and the ecology and evolution of organisms. Optional modules include topics such as environmental archaeology. In year two you can specialise in areas of particular interest. Core modules include a residential field course in Devon. The wide range of optional modules includes the Tropical Environmental Science Field Course, based on Tioman Island (Malaysia), Animal Behaviour and Climate Change Science. In year three you will carry out a research project, often linked to current research being carried out by our academic staff. Optional modules include field courses on Arctic Ecology in Sweden, Biological Photography and Imaging, Geobiology and Bioethics. Year four is an advanced research year that enables you to understand and gain a detailed knowledge of environmental science, developing a confident, scientific approach to answering questions through theoretical analysis, the formulation of hypotheses, practical experimentation, data analysis and communication of results. Optional modules include Environmental Management in Practice, Structural Biology and Plant Cell Signalling.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,750
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,620
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Biosciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
Environmental biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental biology

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
59%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental biology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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