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MEnv, BSc Environmental Science (International)

Programme code:MEBS-ENV/SC9UCAS code:F856
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Tracy Aze Contact address:T.Aze@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Normally three A-Levels, or 2 A-levels and 2 AS-levels, at grades A*AA (or equivalent), including TWO of: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, or Physics. Excludes General Studies.

International Baccalaureate: Normally 38 points overall, with 18 at the Higher Level.

Scottish Highers: Normally AAAAA.

Other Qualifications (Access to HE Diploma, BTEC etc)
Please refer to:
- our website http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/study/undergrad/entryqual.htm
- or email admissions@see.leeds.ac.uk.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment Examinations Committee

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

ES3 - Earth Science, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

Programme specification:

The programme is a variant of the already well established and successful BSc Environmental Science programme (first two years are identical).

This programme is distinct because it is the only UK integrated masters programme in environmental science that has an integrated full year abroad. There are currently only two universities offering integrated masters in environmental science (Sheffield and Southampton), but neither offers the integrated year abroad.

'Progression criteria: Unless extenuating circumstances determine otherwise, the following conditions shall apply. Students are normally expected to maintain an average mark of at least 65 in their 1st year in order to remain on the programme. In addition students will also be expected to maintain an average mark of at least 60 in their 2nd year in order to remain on the programme. If a student fails to maintain these requirements they will be transferred to the BSc equivalent programme. Students who fail the year abroad will automatically revert to the relevant BSc programme and will take the 3rd (final) year of the BSc programme in Leeds.

Transfer arrangements: Students transferring to the MEnv Environmental Science programme from the BSc Environmental Science programme are expected to attain a minimum 60% average in year 1 and year 2, and transfer is conditional upon securing a study abroad place at one of the approved partner Universities. Dropping below 60% in second year with automatically lead to transfer onto a BSc (International) programme.

Criteria for passing the 'Year Abroad': Marks at the overseas institution will be translated into a single Leeds mark (represented by module SOEE9001) according to a formula specific to each partner institution, and defined in the Learning Contract. To pass the year abroad the student will normally have to pass a minimum of 80% of higher level credits. If the student fails the year abroad by failing to gain a minimum of 80% of the required number of credits they will be transferred onto the equivalent BSc/BA programme and will take a 'normal' 3rd year at Leeds.

Rules for Award: At the end of the year abroad, the School receives a transcript from the exchange university showing the grades received for each module. These grades are then converted to Leeds marks using a formula specific to each partner institution and specified in the learning contract. The mark achieved during the year abroad is represented by the module SOEE9001 (120 credits).

The marks for 2nd, 3rd and 4th years are combined in the ratio 1:1:1 or 1:1:2 to achieve the highest average.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules. All modules are Pass for Progression.

SOEE1034Natural Hazards10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1111Sustainable Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1181Ecology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1401Weather10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1434Water10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1443Fieldwork and Tutorials 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1561Earth10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Maths grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1481. Those DO who have A level Maths grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1481.
- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Physics grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1541. Those DO who have A level Physics grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1541.
- Candidates who DO NOT have A level Chemistry grade A-C (or equivalent) are required to register for SOEE1135. Those DO who have A level Chemistry grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1135.
- Candidates who DO who have A level Maths grade A-C are not permitted to register for SOEE1486.
- SOEE1481, SOEE1541 and SOEE1541 are Pass for Progression

SOEE1135Foundation Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 1
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1486
10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1541Foundation Physics10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates not required to take some or all of SOEE1481, SOEE1541 and SOEE1135 should choose form the following options and/or Discovery modules to make their credits up to 120.

Students with Pure or Further Maths at A level will need to discuss enrolment onto SOEE1302 and should consult the Programme and Module Leaders for advice.

SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1486Foundation Mathematics 2
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1302
10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates can select from the optional modules or Discovery modules to make up their credits for the year to 120.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2700Environmental Research and Career Skills30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will then be required to study 3 x 20 credit blocks from the 5 subject pathways below:
1. 'Earth' Pathway
2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway
3. 'Water' Pathway
4. 'Bio' Pathway
5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway.

'Skills' modules:
Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the first block of 'Skills' modules

Students are not permitted to take SOEE1302 (formerly SOEE1301) if they have already studied this in year 1. Students with Pure or Further Maths at A Level may be excluded from taking SOEE1302 depending on units studied and should consult the Programme and Module Leaders for advice.

SOEE1302Advanced Mathematics 110 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2431Advanced Mathematics 2 for Environmental Science10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2710Data Analysis and Visualisation for Environmental Applications10 creditsSemester 1

1. 'Earth' Pathway:

SOEE2010Chemistry of the Earth10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2460Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy10 creditsSemester 2

2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway:

SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales10 creditsSemester 2

3. 'Water' Pathway:

SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2170Water Quality10 creditsSemester 2

4. 'Bio' Pathway:

SOEE2145Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 1

5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway:

SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2355Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits of Discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Exchange Universities for Environmental Science currently include:

- McMaster University, Canada
- Monash University, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Griffith University, Australia
- Purdue University, USA
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
- Penn State University, USA
- ANU, Australia
- University of Toronto, Canada

Students are allocated to partner universities during the first semester of second year. Allocation is made by the Study Abroad Office.

Candidates will have to study the following compulsory module:

SOEE9001Study Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will have to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5400MEnvironmental Research Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5690MResearch Frontiers and Environmental Fieldwork15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

The fieldtrip to Arran for SOEE5690M takes place in the September preceding the start of the academic year, and the fieldtrip to Slapton takes place before the summer preceding the start of the year abroad.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 2 x 30 credit blocks from the 5 subject pathways below:
1. 'Earth' Pathway
2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway
3. 'Water' Pathway
4. 'Bio' Pathway
5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway.

Candidates may take other optional modules, subject to timetabling, and approval by their Programme Manager.

1. 'Earth' Pathway
A choice of two modules from the following three:

SOEE5234MIsotope Geochemistry15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5630MVolcanic Processes15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5656MPast Global Environmental Systems15 creditsSemester 2

2. 'Atmosphere' Pathway

SOEE5685MWeather, Climate and Air Quality30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

3. 'Water' Pathway

SOEE5515MIce in the Earth System15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5617MOceanography in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 1

4. 'Bio' Pathway

SOEE5232MBiogeochemical Cycles of the Earth System15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5970MTerrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 2

5. 'Environmental Management' Pathway
A choice of two modules from the following three:

GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2

NB The exams for SOEE5525M, SOEE5550M and SOEE5070M normally take place in the first 2 weeks after the Easter Vacation.

Last updated: 29/05/2019

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