BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

Environmental matters are a key consideration for any company. Environmental management graduates understand the impact on the environment of construction and regeneration and the need for the effective management of waste, energy, land resources and social issues.

The programme is unique in providing you with an opportunity to focus on personal interests within a variety of specialisms, ranging from waste management, geographical information systems, contaminated land, social inclusion, enhancing the countryside, energy efficiency and transport policy.

You will have the opportunity to carry out a work placement in the UK or in Europe, as well as opportunities for industrial placements in India and America. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). On completion of this course, you will automatically qualify for GradIEMA status which is a professionally recognised grade in the marketplace.  

Your career

With the rise of the ‘green economy', environmental graduates are increasingly sought by local authorities, government, environmental consultancies, energy providers and specialist agencies in the UK and abroad.

Year 1

Urban Issues, Natural Resource Management, Principles of Work PlaceLegislation, Sustainability Online, Construction Materials.

Year 2

Introduction to key themes including Environmental Policy and Regulation, Society, Politics and Sustainability, Environmental Science & Measurement, Environmental Assessment, Urban Planning and the Principles of GIS.

Year 3

Practical work experience which can involve working with local authorities, environmental consultancies, energy companies or studying abroad; Trimester B increases the GIS specialism as well as studying Climate Change: impact, mitigation and adaptation, and Corporate Sustainability.

Year 4

Honours Dissertation in preferred specialism; specialist modules include Urban Regeneration Energy Resource Management, Waste Management, Project GIS, Water Policy and Management, and Sustainability and the Built Environment.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
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BSc (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
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BSc (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Full-time entry requirements

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: ABCC Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
A level: CCC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 O2: (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl Maths at 4)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
College HNC: Built Environment subject/Social Sciences - graded unit A
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Built Environment/ Countryside Management subject

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1
Scottish Higher: BBBB (incl either Maths, Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science)
College HNC/D:
HNC Civil Engineering - graded unit B. HND in Built Environment/ Engineering subject evidence of Maths/Physics at Higher or equivalent level

Year 2
College HND: Civil Engineering - graded units B. If Fluid Mechanics unit has not been completed as part of the HND, a pass in the GCU Fluid Mechanics test will be required.

Year 3
College HND: Civil Engineering - graded units AA (incl Hydraulics unit)

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time applicants must be in suitable full-time employment

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Students have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the UK or Europe, as well as opportunities for industrial placements in India and America.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

The Environmental Management degree at GCU is accredited by the:

CIWEM - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

CABE - Chartered Association of Building Engineers

IEMA - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

On completion of this course, you will automatically qualify for GradIEMA status which is a professionally recognised grade in the marketplace.

From GradIEMA professional status, you can fast track to PIEMA practitioner status after completing a work-based competence assessment on your way towards chartered membership. After gaining suitable experience in the job, you will become a Chartered Environmentalist.

The programme has been developed to ensure that teaching modules reflect current best practice and cater for the needs of employers. As a result, graduates are well equipped to gain fulfilling and well paid employment on its completion. Supervised work experience is an integral part of the programme.

A variety of assessment methods, including coursework activities and formal examinations. Our Environmental Management course has taken a new approach to one element of assessing the students by developing the innovative Vertical Project. Unusually, our first year students work with our third years, with the latter group acting as project managers. This approach has garnered plaudits from our external examiners, accreditation bodies and employers who recognise how this assessment method gives our students real life experience and project management skills. Traditional methods of examinations, reports and essays as well as a time constrained test where our students are given 72 hours to write a series of short reports, are also used.

A key aspect is teaching our students Geographical Information Systems throughout the four years of their degree, developing them into expert users of the software system. Through their familiarity with the two most important software packages; ArcGIS, the market leader of Geographical Information Systems and Idrisi, our students have a unique specialism within the field of environmental management. We encourage our students take up placement opportunities at home and abroad. Local Authorities actively seek our students for employment opportunities and they will be placed with organisations such as Scottish Power, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and SERCO as well as Local Authorities in the west of Scotland for a placement of a minimum of 16 weeks. Abroad, our second year students spend a week with one of our Erasmus partners at a European university.