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F8C1 - Environmental Sciences (Ecosystem Management)

Environmental Sciences (Ecosystem Management)

MEnvSci Honours

  • UCAS code: F8C1
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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In this degree you study a core curriculum in the environmental sciences before taking a fourth year of advanced study at master's level, specialising in ecosystem management.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

The first three years of this degree follow the same programme as our Environmental Sciences BSc Honours degree.

In the final year you specialise in: experimentation; wildlife surveying and monitoring techniques; habitat and species management methods; and writing management and action plans.

Specialist topics include:

  • environment and habitat assessment
  • biodiversity conservation: policy and practice
  • ecological survey techniques

Your degree is shaped by the cutting-edge research of our expert staff, so you know your degree is focused on up-to-date and socially important theories and discoveries in the area.

BSc or MEnvSci?

Some of our degrees are offered at two levels:

  • three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • four-year Master in Environmental Science (MEnvSci)

Our MEnvSci degrees include an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, where you will gain additional research and practical experience to increase your employability and have the opportunity to work alongside our world-leading experts.


Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Additional information

Flexible degree structure

We offer several Environmental Science degrees including a three-year BSc degree and a suite of four-year MEnvSci degrees.

We understand that you might not be sure which area of environmental science you want to specialise in, or whether you want to study to BSc or MEnvSci level.

All our students, regardless of which degree they are registered on, study the same modules for the first three years. This means you can transfer between degree programmes up until the end of Stage 2 if you want to.

Transfer from our BSc to an MEnvSci degree, and progress to Stage 4 of an MEnvSci degree, is subject to you meeting the appropriate academic standard.

Quality and ranking

  • top 150 – Environmental Sciences category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

We introduce you to a number of topics in environmental science, physical geography, plant biology and ecology, which lay the foundations for more specialised study.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Environment and Land Resources 10
Academic and Professional Skills 20
Investigating Rural Landscapes 20
Plants, Environment, Agriculture 10
Earth System Science 10
Earth Surface Materials 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Optional Modules Credits
Agri-Food Supply Chains 20
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Ecology and Conservation 20
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 10
Introductory Oceanography 10

You study compulsory modules that cover the practice of environmental science, terrestrial ecosystems and pollution. You develop your professional skills with a focus on career development and research.

Your optional modules include: conservation; landscape, culture and heritage; population ecology; and economics.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Site Management and Communication Skills 20
Dissertation and Research Preparation 10
Sustainable Solutions 10
Pollution of Air, Water & Soil 10
Research Methods in Environmental Pollution 20
Optional Modules Credits
Landscape, Culture and Heritage 20
Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation 20
Global Element Cycling 10
Geological Resources 10
Geomicrobiology 10
Law and Land Use 10
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20

You take part in a residential field course that develops your ecological research skills and your professional skills in writing and presenting reports.

You study compulsory topics in sustainability, environmental impact assessment and project management, and apply a range of research methods.

A quarter of your study time is made up of optional modules, such as: conservation; ecological modelling; policy evaluation; environmental law; and countryside management.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Environmental Impact Assessment 20
Sustainable Development and Environmental Valuation 10
BSc Environmental Science Dissertation 30
Optional Modules Credits
Qualitative Research Methods 10
Countryside Management 20
Rural Planning, Politics and Society 20
Biodiversity Science and Management 20
Biological Modelling 20
Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth 10
Environmental Law 20
Career Development for final year students 20

Stage 4 is designed around the research currently taking place at the University in ecosystem management.

You undertake your own research project in an area of interest, relating to your chosen specialism. This accounts for a quarter of your study time and may involve scientific research or a consultancy-based investigation.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Habitat Monitoring and Assessment 20
Ecosystem Management 10
MEnv Research Project 60
Trees and their ecology in natural forest and agricultural systems 20
Data preparation, analysis, interpretation and presentation for MSc 10
Optional Modules Credits

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

During the course, you'll be taught via a variety of methods, including:

  • lectures/seminars
  • field classes
  • computer classes
  • lab work
  • project work

In stages 4 and 5, greater emphasis is placed on project work, culminating in a final-year project based on a topic of your choice.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

With miles of coastline and the Northumberland countryside on your doorstep, you’ll enjoy a unique learning experience at Newcastle.

During your studies, you'll have access to our two University-run farms for research, teaching and demonstration, as well as an experimental station providing field laboratories and state-of-the-art lab facilities on campus.

You'll be challenged to put theory into practice out in the field.

Field trips are vital as you explore Environmental Science. Locations include:

  • Lake District
  • Northumberland
  • North Pennines

Research skills

Your fourth year will include a high level of research work, so you're prepared for a career in the environmental sector. You'll undertake a major research project, which can be carried out as a piece of consultancy work or a contribution to on-going research work in our research institutes.

Recent projects have explored:

  • the changing role of the country pub
  • the future for market towns
  • renewable energy generation in rural communities
  • women in rural enterprise


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

This environmental sciences degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a five-year programme.

You'll spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


You will be based on campus at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. As a student of Earth and Environmental Sciences you'll have access to our world-class facilities and analytical laboratories, including:

  • gas chromatography
  • gas chromatography mass spectrometry
  • high pressure liquid chromatography mass spectrometry
  • inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

You will be taught in the new, and unique, teaching space of the Houston Laboratory: part of a £2m redevelopment of Newcastle University’s Drummond Building.

You'll benefit from the Great North Museum on campus. It's home to over 9,000 geological and mineralogical specimens. The Mining Institute, with one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on mining engineering, is just a short walk away.

The Ridley Building 2


As a new student, you'll receive a tablet so you can download online learning resources, helping to make our campus more sustainable.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

There's also a staff-student committee, to give you an opportunity to have a say in how your degree works.

Your future

Our environmental science graduates undertake roles such as environmental consultancy and environmental engineering, and find employment with:

  • conservation bodies such as Natural England
  • the Environment Agency
  • water companies
  • local government environmental health departments
  • other environmental protection agencies

The earth and environmental science sectors have grown rapidly over the past decade and as a result, there's a high demand for graduates in this field. There are new career opportunities in both the public and private sector. 

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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