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2020/21 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 AAA, 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.

MEnv 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.


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.

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.

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 Sustainability and Environmental Management programme from the BSc programme are expected to attain a minimum 60% average in year 1 and year 2. Transfer is also conditional upon securing a study abroad place at one of the approved partner Universities.

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

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

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

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

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Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

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

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
SOEE2610Economics and Sustainability
Pre-requisite for: SOEE3750
10 creditsSemester 1

Energy and Transport Modules

TRAN2020Transport Land Use and Development10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN2041Transport, Energy and Environment10 creditsSemester 1

Environmental Science Modules

GEOG2085Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 creditsSemester 2

Additional Skills Module

SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 creditsSemester 2

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SOEE2205Contaminated Environments20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Students may select 10 credits of Discovery Modules


Year3 - View timetable

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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) + 1 semester (60 Credits) based in Leeds

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

Compulsory modules:

The third year of this programme is normally 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:

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

LAW3132Law and the Environment II: Governing the Environment10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3270Business and Sustainable Development10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3287Catchment Processes and Management10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3750Sustainability Economics in Practice10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE9001XStudy Semester Abroad60 creditsSemester 2
TRAN3031Public Transport Policy and Practice10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3061Travel Activity Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3070Healthy Cities: Transport and Health10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates should note the following conditions ;
-SOEE2610 is a pre-requisite for SOEE3750
-SOEE2170 is a pre-requisite for SOEE3270

Or:
OPTION 3 (Semester 1 and 2 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
GEOG3085Contested Cities20 creditsSemester 1
GEOG3121Creating Alternative Futures20 creditsSemester 1
GEOG3180Management of Wilderness and Global Ecosystems20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LAW3132Law and the Environment II: Governing the Environment10 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3702Introduction to Programming for Social Science20 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3010Independent study project20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3270Business and Sustainable Development10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3287Catchment Processes and Management10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3750Sustainability Economics in Practice10 creditsNot running in 202021
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN3031Public Transport Policy and Practice10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3052Case Studies in Sustainable Transport10 creditsNot running in 202021
TRAN3061Travel Activity Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
TRAN3062Social Analysis and Social Psychology for Transport10 creditsSemester 2
TRAN3070Healthy Cities: Transport and Health10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

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

Discovery modules:

The third year of this programme is normally 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.


Year4 - View timetable

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Compulsory modules:

SOEE5400MEnvironmental Research Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5502MSustainable Consumption15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

GEOG5680MHydrological Processes and Analysis15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5223MDelivering Sustainability Through Projects15 credits 
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 2
TRAN5014MEnvironmental Science and Sustainability for Transport15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
TRAN5015MShaping Future Transport Systems15 credits1 Jan to 31 May


Year5 - View timetable

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

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