ff86 - Enviro Sci (Enviro Geochem) with Placement

Environmental Sciences (Environmental Geochemistry) with Placement MEnvSci Honours

UCAS Code: FF86 (full time: 5 Years)

Course Overview

This degree provides you with a firm foundation in the environmental sciences before you specialise in environmental geochemistry. You'll boost your employability with a year-long work placement and a year of advanced study at Master's level.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MEnvSci Honours

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Course Duration
5 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 34 points

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

Between Stages 2 and 3 you take a year-long work placement in a relevant environmental sector, gaining valuable work experience.

In Stage 4 you apply your knowledge to important societal problems such as:

  • petroleum exploration and production
  • unconventional geoenergy
  • carbon and nutrient cycling
  • the Earth’s changing climate

Specialist topics include:

  • groundwater contamination and remediation
  • microbiology and microbial transformation of pollutants
  • sources and control of pollutants

Highlights of this degree

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  • Environmental Science BSc Honours

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  • Environmental Sciences (Clean Technology) MEnvSci Honours

    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 environmental management and sustainable development.

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take 20 credits from the following list:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select 60 credits from the following list:

To progress to Stage 3 of this degree programme, you are required to obtain an average over all modules taken at Stage 2 of at least 55, with no more than 20 credits lower than 50.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

If you choose a Careers Placement year, you complete the following compulsory module:

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select 90 credits from the following list:

To progress to Stage 4 of this degree programme, you are required to obtain an average over all modules taken at Stage 3 of at least 55, with no more than 20 credits lower than 50.

Stage 4

Compulsory modules


    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.



    Environmental Science careers

    The environmental sector has grown rapidly over the last decade. Increasing environmental legislation means there are many new employment areas in industry and the public sector.

    Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including the European Parliament, Meteorological Office and Oxfam.

    Our Countryside Management and Rural Studies graduates most commonly end up in land-based and environmental careers, such as:

    • chartered surveying
    • as a rights of way officer
    • as part of a local conservation team working for local authorities, charities and pressure groups

    Additionally, government organisations and private firms provide openings for agricultural or environmental advisers.

    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

    Our graduates have also successfully pursued careers in teaching, and non-environmental careers such as accountancy, banking, retail and personnel management, the armed forces, the police force, the Inland Revenue and other Civil Service departments, journalism and publishing.

    The scope and flexibility of our degrees means there are also opportunities for postgraduate training at Newcastle University and other research institutes.

    Find out more about the career options for Environmental and Rural Studies from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.


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    • institution code - N21

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