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Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

F751 BSc Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (3 years)

The latest in monitoring and modelling techniques are explored in this three-year environmental science course, preparing you to tackle global environmental problems.

Introducing your degree

This degree provides a deep understanding of core environmental systems and processes—from the hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere—combined with a computational thinking approach that will enable application of existing and emerging technologies to collect data in order to further our understanding of environmental problems.

BSc Environmental Monitoring and Modelling


Modelling and monitoring techniques are essential for understanding complex environments. This course will provide you with high level technological and quantitative skills, combined with an understanding of environmental themes such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and resource over-exploitation.

The first two years will provide you with core knowledge and develop your skills in collecting, interpreting and communicating environmental data. You will learn to apply qualitative analysis methods and field techniques to help you analyse a wide range of environmental challenges. In your first year, you will attend a residential field course and work on a group research project.

In year three, you will advance your analytical skills by selecting from a range of modules, including Environment Modelling and Spatial Analysis and Seafloor Exploration and Surveying. Practical work will include a field trip and a work placement module, designed to give you marketable skills for a career in the environmental sector.

At the end of the year, you will put your acquired learning into practice by completing an individual research project.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications to study BSc Environmental Monitoring and Modelling 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

  • Learn from award-winning academics

  • Our Environmental Science courses integrate theory-based learning with field and project work

  • Nationally recognised sustainability action programme

  • Dedicated Employability Officer
Environmental Science field work
First year students doing field work at Hythe salt marsh
Matt's role includes: data collection, analysis and project management
Alumnus, Matt Linham, is working at Fugro EMU

Using drones for remote sensing

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

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-levelABB (including two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics with a pass in the Physics Practical) GCE A-level and EPQ BBB (including two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics with a pass in the Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
International Baccalaureate32 points overall, 16 at higher level including 5 in either Higher Level Maths or Higher Level Physics
Equivalent qualifications
Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers - ABB including two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AB (two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics) and Scottish Highers BB (non-compulsory subjects)

Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, AB in GCE A Levels, two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics with a pass in the associated practical)
Cambridge Pre-U D3M1M1 including two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics
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 two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics (acceptable subjects are,

geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, geology and environmental studies)

Irish Leaving Certificate AABBB including A in two Sciences, one of which must be Mathematics or Physics

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 two sciences, including either Maths or Physics with a pass in the physics practical) 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. We also 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 and technical skills.

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


Typical course content

On this course, each year you must complete certain compulsory modules, plus a number of optional modules. Some modules may have pre-requisites (i.e. modules taken in previous years, or specific A-levels), so you can become more specialised as you progress.

In addition to this, our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside the core disciplines, and includes interdisciplinary modules relevant to environmental monitoring and modelling.

Year 1

The first year will provide you with a core knowledge and set of skills, from which the remainder of the course will progress. Core modules cover the earth’s physical, biological and chemical systems and cycles and you will be introduced to relevant field, laboratory and analytical methods and tools in the context of environmental science research.

Visits to local study sites will give you the opportunity to practice these skills in the field, whilst the residential field-trip will include a student-led group research project where all your knowledge, research and field skills are put into practice.

Year 2

In the second year you will cover more specialised analytical techniques, including spatial analysis and advanced statistical modelling.

The flagship module covers environmental instrumentation and monitoring. During this you will: learn how to set up and use cutting edge environmental monitoring equipment; develop novel solutions to environmental monitoring problems; collect and analyse environmental data and present the findings.

You will continue to develop your wider environmental knowledge and understanding via core contextual modules, and will also begin to develop your own specialism via an optional module – this will be chosen from a selected list which includes a range of the University-wide Curriculum Innovation modules.

Year 3

During the third year, you will further develop your analytical and technological skills via advanced GIS and spatial analysis modules.

An optional module (again, chosen from a carefully selected list) will enable you to specialise further into your chosen area of expertise. A residential fieldtrip will provide the opportunity to learn more advanced field-techniques and to carry out a group research project. An individual research project (either field or lab-based) will allow you to apply your research skills in your chosen area of expertise.

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/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BSc Environmental Modelling and Monitoring2018Full-time£9,250£20,320£9,250
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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 – environmental consultancy, environmental modelling, water pollution and control and environmental monitoring, 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 are now doing

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. Your technical skills will be developed via computer and “wet” labs, as well as on the field trips. 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

Dr Kate Parks

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 study30%25%18%
Independent study70%75%82%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment58%57%31%
Practical exam assessment17%13%11%
Coursework assessment25%30%58%

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