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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

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 at grades A*AA, including TWO of: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental studies, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, one of which must be Mathematics or a science subject. 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.

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 from 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

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:

SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2701Fieldwork and Tutorials 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2800Environmental Measurements20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2810Data Analysis and Visualisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to select 40 credits which may be from the recommended pathways listed or alternatively choose a combination of modules from these pathways.

Applied Environmental Science Pathway

SOEE2205Contaminated Environments20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 2

Earth System Science Pathway

SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

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


Year3 - View timetable

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

Candidates may select to take a partial year in Leeds, with the intention to take a second semester abroad, or, should that not be possible or desirable, a full third year in Leeds. As circumstances may vary due to changing pandemic restrictions, the boundary between partial and full study in Leeds is designed to be flexible.

Candidates may select EITHER;
OPTION 1: SOEE9001 (Full year abroad)

OR
OPTION 2: SOEE9001X (a Semester abroad) + semester 1 (60 Credits) based in Leeds

OR
OPTION 3: 120 credits (both semesters) based in Leeds

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:

Optional modules:

OPTION 1 (full year abroad)
Candidates intending to study a full year abroad should choose (SOEE9001). A mark for this module is calculated according to a translation scheme specific to each destination:

SOEE9001Study Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Or:
OPTION 2 (semester 2 abroad)
Candidates intending to take semester 1 in Leeds and semester 2 abroad should select SOEE9001X (semester 2 abroad - 60 credits)
AND 40-60 credits from the following semester 1 modules with the option of selecting up to 20 credits of Level 3 Discovery modules

GEOG3321Management of Wilderness Environments10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3010Independent study project20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
SOEE3110Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE9001XStudy Semester Abroad60 creditsSemester 2

Or:
OPTION 3 (all modules in Leeds)
Candidates intending to take the full year in Leeds should select 100-120 credits from the following list with the option of selecting up to 20 credits of Discovery modules

BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
GEOG3034Tropical Forests: past, present and future10 creditsSemester 2
GEOG3321Management of Wilderness Environments10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3010Independent study project20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
SOEE3110Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3282Groundwater10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3291Atmospheric Science Field Skills10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3771Sustainable Futures10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates choosing OPTIONS 2 or 3 may select 10-20 credits of Discovery modules

Candidates may select 10 credits from either or both semester 1 and 2 for the following;
- 10 credits at Level 2 that the student has not already taken
- any Level 3 Discovery module related to Environmental Science


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will have to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5090MAdvanced Environmental Science Field and Research Skills15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5400MEnvironmental Research Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to select modules from the list below to make up their remaining credits to 120.
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 1

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

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

GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 creditsNot running in 202021
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: 16/09/2020 17:36:12

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