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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MEnv, BSc Sustainability and Environmental Management (International)

Programme code:MEBS-ENV/SM9UCAS code:F750
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Stephen Whitfield Contact address:s.whitfield@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

England and Wales
Normally 3 A-levels at grades A*AA, including two from Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Science/Studies, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, Sociology. Other subjects may be considered. Excludes General Studies.

Scottish Highers
Normally AAAAA, including two from biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental science/studies, geography, geology, history, mathematics, law, physics, politics, and sociology. Other subjects may be considered.

International Baccalaureate
Normally 38 points overall, with 18 at the Higher Level, including two from biology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental science/studies, geography, geology, history, mathematics, law, physics, politics, and sociology. Other subjects may be considered.

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

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The relevant QAA Benchmark is Earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies.

Programme specification:

Sustainability is at the core of how governments, societies, researchers, and increasingly business, now think about the environment and our place in it. The environment is important to everyone, but our demand for natural resources and the waste that our lifestyles generate means that it is under increasing pressure. For this reason, there is demand for literate and numerate graduates who possess a thorough understanding of the environmental, economic and social implications of the decisions that we make and the strategies we use to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

BSc (Hons) Sustainability and Environmental Management is designed to sit at the interface between human activity and the environment. The programme draws on disciplines such as environmental science to develop knowledge and skills in the science that underpins our understanding of sustainability. At the same time, teaching in areas such as business, economics and policy means that students are able to understand and evaluate societies' role in and interaction with changes in the natural world. Teaching on the programme draws on the skills and expertise of one of the largest groups of environmental and social scientists in the country, the Sustainability Research Institute whose research is tackling some of the major sustainability challenges we face.

For existing students in 2019/20
The programme is composed of four pathways that will equip students for particular sectors, although many of the skills they will develop will also cross sector boundaries. Students should choose one pathway to pursue in the second and third years of their degree, although some deviation from the pathway structure is permissible (e.g. additional skills modules) subject to programme leader approval. The Business and Sustainability pathway will equip students for positions in the private sector, for example, in corporate social and environmental responsibility roles. The Energy and the Built Environment pathway allows students to specialise in transport and energy, equipping them to work in policy and planning departments as well as with corporations within these sectors. The Natural Resources and Biodiversity and the Earth systems pathways build ecological and environmental science skills alongside the sustainable development knowledge required for roles within the consultancy and environmental policy sectors. Students from across the programme will be well placed for jobs with Government and non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in environment and development.

Throughout the programme there are opportunities for students to develop key competencies and skills (e.g. interview skills, fieldwork and laboratory skills, presentation and writing abilities), as well as developing the ability to reflect on and appreciate the limitations of current knowledge and approaches to sustainability and environmental management. Teaching will be delivered through a variety of means, from lectures to fieldtrips. Fieldwork is an important aspect of teaching and so students will get the opportunity to put methods into practice during fieldtrips. Teaching across the modules also makes use of small group discussions/seminars to help students to engage in deep learning.

Please note that this BSc degree programme is accredited by the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA),


For students entering in 2019/20
The programme is designed to allow students to pursue diverse combinations of subjects and, in doing so, explore their individual interests and build a uniquely tailored degree. The programme also has three themes, which students will have the option to specialise in, should they wish. These themes are aimed at equipping students for employment in particular sectors, although many of the skills they will develop will also cross sector boundaries:
-The Economics, Business and Policy theme will equip students for positions in the private sector, for example, in corporate social and environmental responsibility roles.
-The Energy and Transport theme allows students to specialise in transport and energy, equipping them to work in policy and planning departments as well as with corporations within these sectors.
-The Environmental Science theme will equip students with the knowledge and skills to work in environmental research, environmental consultancy, and conservation roles
Students from across the programme will also be well placed for jobs with Government and non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in environment and development.

Themes and optional modules for years 2 and 3 will be updated in the appropriate year (i.e. 2020/21 year 2 will be available next year)

Throughout the programme there are opportunities for students to develop key competencies and skills (e.g. interview skills, fieldwork and laboratory skills, presentation and writing abilities), as well as developing the ability to reflect on and appreciate the limitations of current knowledge and approaches to sustainability and environmental management. Teaching will be delivered through a variety of means, from lectures to fieldtrips. Fieldwork is an important aspect of teaching and so students will get the opportunity to put methods into practice during fieldtrips. Teaching across the modules also makes use of small group discussions/seminars to help students to engage in deep learning.

Please note that this BSc degree programme is accredited by the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules.

Students must pass SOEE1111, SOEE1381, SOEE1460 and SOEE1482 (if they are studying this module) to progress to second year.

SOEE1111Sustainable Development20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE1181Ecology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1381Skills for Environmental Social Science10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE1390Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
Pre-requisite for: SOEE2310
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE1450Environmental Politics and Policy10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE1460Environmental Science for Environmental Management
Pre-requisite for: SOEE2170
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
TRAN1011Challenges in Transport and Mobility10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates WITHOUT A-Level Maths or AS Level Maths with a grade of A-C or equivalent will be required to study SOEE1483 'Foundation Mathematics for Social Sciences' as a compulsory module. If taken, SOEE1483 is Pass for Progression.

If you are not required to study SOEE1483, you may choose up to 10 credits of Discovery modules, subject to timetabling constraints.

SOEE1483Foundation Mathematics for Social Sciences10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

If you are not required to study SOEE1483, you may choose up to 10 credits of Discovery modules, subject to timetabling constraints.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE2032Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2371People, Sustainability, and the Environment20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2570Research in the Environmental Social Sciences30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2670Environmental Impact Assessment10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE2680Environmental Policy and Governance10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Students should select 30 credits from the following list of optional modules. These have been grouped by themes, which have continuity in Year 3, should students which to pursue a particular specialism, although this is not compulsory.

Students may choose to substitute one 10 credit optional module with a Discovery Module subject to timetabling constraints.

Economics, Business and Policy Modules

SOEE2310Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
Pre-requisite for: SOEE3270
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2610Economics and Sustainability
Pre-requisite for: SOEE3750
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Energy and Transport Modules

TRAN2020Transport Land Use and Development10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN2041Transport, Energy and Environment10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Environmental Science Modules

GEOG2085Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Additional Skills Module

SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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SOEE2205Contaminated Environments20 creditsNot running until 202021

Discovery modules:

Students may select 10 credits of Discovery Modules


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

The third year of this programme is spent at one of our partner universities overseas.

Exchange universities for Sustainability and Environmental Management currently include:

- Griffith University, Australia
- University of Adelaide, Australia
- ANU, Australia
- University of California (Berkeley), USA
- Arizona State University, USA
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
- York University, Canada
- Dalhousie University, Canada

In addition, an MEnv degree can be allowed with a year at the following foreign language partner(s) IF the language capability of the student is at a comparable level to a native speaker:

- ETH Zurich

Students are allocated to partner universities during the first semester of second year.

Student must register for the following compulsory module:

SOEE9001Study Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

SOEE5400MEnvironmental Research Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SOEE5502MSustainable Consumption15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5775MSustainable Futures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students should enrol for 45 credits of optional modules offered below. Enrolment for the SOEE5497M field course is by application only and is subject to an additional fee.

GEOG5680MHydrological Processes and Analysis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (5mth)(adv yr)
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (5mth)(adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5223MDelivering Sustainability Through Projects15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (5mth)(adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5970MTerrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5162MGreen Logistics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5171MAnalysing Transport and Society15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional Field Course

Please note that spaces on the International Field Course are limited, and that students on the MSc Environment and Development are normally given priority. Enrolment is by application only, and subject to an additional charge. Typically, we are not able to confirm places on the course until after the start of semester 1. Further details are provided in the module catalogue description.

SOEE5497MEnvironment & Development International Field Course30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Last updated: 28/08/2019

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