The University of Southampton
Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

F750 BSc Environmental Management with Business (3 years)

This industry-focused three-year course combines the core areas of environmental science with business and management concepts to create highly employable graduates.

Introducing your degree

This innovative degree combines the critical skills of an environmental scientist with the business skills of a management specialist. Tailored to give you a unique blend of environmental and business expertise, skills and experience, this course is ideal for those seeking a rewarding career as an environmental management professional.

BSc Environmental Management with Business


During your course, you will gain a detailed understanding of the core areas of environmental science. You will also develop business management skills and learn to apply innovative research and field techniques. Graduates will have the full suite of theoretical and practical skills necessary to become an environmental professional.

In year one you will study core environmental science processes, field research and quantitative methods and an introduction to management. You will also go on a residential field course.

In year two you will develop your critical understanding of the environmental impacts of business and industry legislation, as well as developing your project management skills. You can also choose from a range of module to create a portfolio of skills that reflect your own interests and career aspirations.

In year three you will take a practical module, The Sustainability Professional, which is delivered in partnership with industry, including international environmental consultancies. You will also continue to choose modules that reflect your own interests.

Your final semester will be spent on placement in a relevant organisation, where you will carry out a research project. You will gain valuable experience and project management skills, preparing you for your career. Students have the opportunity to continue working with their placement organisation after completing the course (subject to satisfactory outcomes and available positions). You also have the opportunity to take the Year in Employment, which includes a work placement between your second and third year, as part of your degree. 

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications to study BSc Environmental Management with Business should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

  • Dedicated Employability Officer
  • Nationally recognised sustainability action programme
  • Learn from award-winning academics
  • Our Environmental Science courses integrate theory-based learning with field and project work
Salt marsh field work
First-year students on a field trip to Hythe salt marsh
Soil laboratory work
Students determining the pH of soil in a laboratory session
Dawlish Warren
Students completing a beach litter survey in Dawlish Warren

Using drones for remote sensing

First-year students get hands-on experience of a wide range of field work techniques

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“I love how varied my course is, as I can explore many different areas of Environmental Science and find out more about different industries. This is very useful for improving my employability as there are many different opportunities available to me when I graduate. ”

Annabel Solnik - Environmental Management with Business

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-levelABB (One science subject from geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, geology and environmental studies with a pass in the associated science practical, if applicable) GCE A-level and EPQ BBB (One science subject from geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, geology and environmental studies with a pass in the associated science practical, if applicable) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
International Baccalaureate32 points overall, 16 at higher level including 5 in one Higher level science
GCSE requirements

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above

Equivalent qualifications
Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers - AB including one science Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AB (one science) and Scottish Highers BB (non-compulsory subjects)

Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, AB in GCE A Levels, including one science (with a pass in associated practical, if applicable)
Cambridge Pre-U D3M1M1 including one science
BTEC applicants will be assessed on individual merits
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Science Foundation Year (F903)
European Baccalaureate

75% overall, minimum of 75% in one science subject (acceptable subjects are,geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, geology and environmental studies)

Irish Leaving Certificate AABBB including A in one science

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the course entry requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the course. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. If you think this may apply to you, please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager:

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Contextual offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB (including one science, with a pass in the science practical (if applicable)) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.



Selection process:

The selection process involves consideration of all aspects of your application. In addition to your academic qualifications we look for a range of personal attributes in our students, such as enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in the environment and technologies. You should have an active willingness to develop your knowledge beyond what you have learned at school or college, and to acquire analytical, practical, technical and professional skills.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The primary educational aim of the course is to produce graduates who are skilled and employable environmental professionals capable of contributing to a green and sustainable economy. Each of the modules across all years contribute to this aim.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

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Year 1

In year one you will complete modules that address core environmental science processes, field research and quantitative methods, along with an introduction to management. You will attend a residential field course during the Easter vacation.

ENVS1005Credit: 15
SOES1008Credit: 15
GEOG1001Credit: 15
BIOL1003Credit: 15
MANG1003Credit: 15

Year 2

In year two half the course is formed of core modules to ensure critical understanding of the environmental impacts from business and industry, legislation, and the development of project management skills. You can then choose from a range optional modules to allow you to blend environmental science and management modules to create a portfolio of skills that reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

ENVS2007Credit: 15
MANG3034Credit: 15

Two optional modules to be selected from:

ENVS2003Credit: 15
ENVS3011Credit: 15

Two further optional modules to be selected from:

MANG2001Credit: 15
ENTR2001Credit: 15
MANG2041Credit: 15
UOSM2022Credit: 15

Year 3

Semester one of year three will involve a core practical module ‘The Sustainability Professional’ delivered in partnership with a range of contributors from environmental consultancies and other organisations.

Optional modules will allow you to enhance your understanding of environmental science and management, and to focus on your area of expertise.

The final semester of your degree is spent on placement where you will complete a practical independent research project in partnership with a placement organisation such as an environmental consultancy, local authority, or non-governmental organisation (pressure group). Students will have the opportunity to continue working with the organisation (subject to satisfactory outcomes and available positions) upon completion of the course.


A minimum of one and a maximum of two optional modules from:

ENVS3011Credit: 15
BIOL3009Credit: 15

Plus one further module from:

MANG3008Credit: 15
MANG3046Credit: 15

Please note, modules are subject to change

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Environmental Management with Business2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

We provide you with a dedicated Employment Officer who will help build your skills profile and point you in the right direction. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers and Employability Service.

Your career routes on graduation will be far-reaching – carbon management, biodiversity, water management, environmental consultancy, sustainability strategy and policy, nature conservation and waste management, to name a few. Recent Environmental Science graduates are employed at organisations including: Atkins, BP, Environment Agency, House of Commons, Natural England, Network Rail, Samsung Electronics and WWF.

Find out what jobs some of our graduates have gone on to do.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and learning

At Southampton, our students form knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, field and laboratory work, coursework and projects. We will also work with you to develop transferable skills in areas such as professional reports and effective oral presentations. You can broaden your learning by joining our Environmental Sciences Student Society and by attending guest lectures. You can also become a student member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Employability is embedded in all areas of taught classes and assessment, to maximise your opportunity for employment on graduation.

A practical approach

Field and laboratory classes provide opportunities for students to gather data and conduct experiments that demonstrate and support the theory taught in lectures. You will spend your final semester on placement where you will complete a research project in partnership with your placement organisation. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. We also have a global network of partner organisations, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.

Assessment and examinations

Assessment is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and coursework, such as essays and project reports. You will also complete assessed tasks such as writing impact reports and an environmental policy for a small business. Our students regularly have work from their dissertations published in international research journals.

Student support

You will be assigned a personal tutor from the start of your degree, which will involve regular group tutorials and individual meetings to support you through the course of your studies here.

Course Director

Simon Kemp


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study31%25%18%
Independent study69%75%82%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment50%57%31%
Practical exam assessment13%13%11%
Coursework assessment37%30%58%

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