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University of Worcester - Institute of Science & the Environment

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At the University of Worcester, The Institute of Science and the Environment offers top quality undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive fashion using modern approaches to learning and teaching. The Institute provides an exciting and attractive setting in which to study as a student or to engage in your research. In 2016, the University of Worcester was short listed for the prestigious accolade of “University of the Year”, due to excellent student satisfaction and continuously large investments in facilities and buildings. In the latest research Excellence Framework 2014, it was the most improved university in the country.

The BSc Environmental Science course is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector.

A firm foundation of academic excellence enables us to support and inspire the scientists of the future. We offer undergraduates a broad-based training with specialist options across the disciplines, while postgraduates can take advantage of a supportive and stimulating research environment. Recent additions to our Masters portfolio are Masters of Research in Ecology and Environmental Management and Masters of Research in River Science.

Studying Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Worcester allows students to fully explore the theoretical explanations for key environmental issues. Teaching in smaller class groups, our students receive enhanced contact time and more personal support. The University of Worcester is well placed geographically to take advantage of the many different environments and habitats in the area. The courses have been developed by staff at the University in conjunction with environmental employers and practitioners, ensuring that the courses are current and well-focused. Worcester has an excellent reputation for preparing students for environmental careers by delivering a degree programme that meets the demands of the sector. Close attention is paid to delivering skills identified by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as those ‘most wanted’ skills in the Environment Sector (modelling, multi-disciplinarity, data management, numeracy, fieldwork, taxonomy and systematics, soil science, and freshwater science).

The courses are very flexible and can be individually tailored to meet students’ interests, with the possibility to study Environmental Science as a single honours, or as a joint honours, pathway and Ecology joint with a number of other subjects in our Institute (e.g. geography, biology). Key topics covered during the degree programme for Environmental Science include the study of pollution and its management, sustainability, meteorology, climatology, aero-allergens, air quality, climate change impacts, hydrology and the monitoring of the environmental quality of water bodies, soil chemistry and processes, and heavy metal contamination. In Ecology, studies extend from individual species to ecosystems. Conservation aspects are studied along with restoration of habitats and a range of environment types.

Teaching is carried out by enthusiastic and dedicated staff that are specialists in their respective scientific fields. Students learn using the latest methods and technologies, with teaching fully supported by staff research activities.

At Worcester we have ‘state of the art’ analytical laboratory equipment available for both teaching and research activities, and an extensive range of field equipment including drones and automatic river monitoring stations.

The Environmental Science and Ecology courses will prepare you for a range of rewarding careers, including environmental consultancy, roles in local government (e.g. environmental services, town and country planning, climate change development officers) and environmental analysis laboratories. Potential employers include: the Environment Agency, Natural England, DEFRA, the Wildlife Trusts, water companies (e.g. Severn Trent Water), waste management companies (e.g. Biffa), the Met Office and environmental consultancies. Many of our students are inspired to continue their education with postgraduate study either at Worcester or at other Universities. There are opportunities to pursue a research career at the University with the Masters in Research (MRes) in Ecology and Environmental Management and to undertake PhD research within an inspiring international environment with leading researchers.

Undergraduate courses:

Ecology BSc (Hons)
Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
Plant Science BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate courses:

Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Management
Masters of Research in River Science
Sustainable Development Advocacy (Professional Practice) MA