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Ecology and Environmental Science (with Placement Year)

University of Gloucestershire
On campus
 2689 Points
4 Years

Program Description

Focusing on key themes and issues within ecology and environmental science, this course will prepare you for a rewarding graduate career addressing the environmental challenges that face our planet. Developing advanced skills in lab work, ecological surveying and geographic information systems, you’ll progress from field training in Snowdonia to field research in the Swiss Alps.

As you advance through the course, you can choose to follow themes that mirror our research specialisms in applied ecology, conservation, monitoring & management, ecological theory, environmental change, water and global sustainability. In your second year you’ll also have the option to take our internship module, which not only provides a critical edge of workplace experience but also awards academic credit towards your degree. You'll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline research in environmental science.

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Year 1

Fundamentals of Ecology

Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Methods

Managing Valued Environments

Earth Systems & Processes

Data Handling and Presentation

Practical Environmental Investigation

Year 2

All students must complete these modules:


Contemporary Issues in Ecology and Environmental Science

Ecological Impact Assessment

You can choose from the following modules:



Residential Fieldwork

Plant ecology and diversity

Marine Biology

Ice Age Earth

Fluvial Hydrosystems

Geographic Information Systems

Sea-Level Change and Coasts

Threats to Civilisation

Placement Year

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)

Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe

Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad

Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice

Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

Year 4

All students must complete these modules:

Ecology & Environmental Science Dissertation

You can choose from the following modules:

Professional Experience

Population and Community Ecology

Pollution in Ecological Systems


Advanced Scientific Skills

Wildlife Conservation

Climate Change

River Science and Management

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Changing Coasts


Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • ecological survey and habitat management consultancy
  • environmental impact assessment
  • science communication
  • teaching, lecturing and research

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