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How you'll learn

Gain key skills and expertise as you learn to understand and manage human interactions with the environment.

Your degree will be built on a foundation of core modules that ensure you understand environmental issues and acquire the skills you'll need to analyse, interpret and manage the environment. Many of our courses are taught in small groups and involve lots of practical application.

You will also have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests. You can do this through a series of optional modules that tap into the wealth of expertise held across the University in disciplines such as biology, geography, environmental science and planning.

You also have the option of specialising in one of our pathways: Landscape and Countryside Management, or Global Environmental Management.

“The huge variety of modules available mean you can tailor your course to absolutely suit your interests, and can be as specific or as broad as you like.”

Chris Wyver, BSc Environmental Management

Your outdoor classroom

Our first-class teaching facilities, amazing farms and surrounding parkland mean that you will study in a ready-made fieldwork environment that complements the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development's research facilities.

With relevant habitats right on our doorstep, many of your modules will involve practical activities to give you a deeper insight into your studies.

For example, our current Year 2 students have a “Methods” module that allows them to develop key skills in field experimentation, ecological sampling and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), using the habitats available on campus and on our University farms as study areas.

Diversity in your studies

We use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, small group workshops, tutorials, laboratory and computer practicals and field trips.

Practical work is an essential part of your degree and during your first and second years you will make regular visits to sites and organisations such as the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the New Forest.

The aim is to study different aspects of management and issues, such as conservation, renewable energy and sustainability, using diverse environments as study areas. You'll have the opportunity to visit habitats such as moorlands, rivers, coasts, national parks, and natural and plantation woodlands as you learn about the complexities of maintaining and managing specific resources.

In your final year, you'll look at specific issues addressed by environmental management organisations, often using case studies or practical work examples. You will also work on an independent research project on a subject of your choice.

Learn from industry experts

Our academics and researchers influence government policy, new innovation and product development. Many are often featured in international press coverage on topics such as climate change, biodiversity and food security.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 98% of our research was found to be of international standing, and we're a significant contributor to the University-wide centres for Food Security, Climate Change and Soils Research, and host innovation centres in Food, Agrimetrics and Environmental Analytics.

We also work with other institutions, many of them overseas, to conduct research in more than 50 countries.

Because our staff are actively engaged in world-class research, they tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends within the sector. And when transferred to a teaching environment, our research excellence enables students to develop similarly excellent research skills that are highly regarded by employers.

“The industry experience of teaching staff enriches our expert knowledge base with up-to-date practical application, which ensures students learn sound theory and real-world best-practice that equips them to excel as they enter the world of work. For example, my experience of working in the environment team of a large water company gives me many practical examples of how to assess and minimise environmental impacts. I have spent 30 years designing and building wildlife conservation areas in cities and the countryside, in the UK and internationally, and I love to share that experience with students.”

Martin Wagner, Teaching Fellow

Learn a language as part of your degree

Many companies and organisations working in environmental management operate in a global environment. Understanding another language gives you skills that are highly valued by potential employers and puts you on a par with your multilingual, international peers.

You can learn a language during your time at Reading through the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP). Modules are offered at up to five different levels (from beginner onwards) in a range of languages.


Consult the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development's module descriptions page to find out the detailed content of our modules.



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