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Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in today's world.

We need to ensure that the quality of the environments in which we live, work and play is protected and enhanced for future generations, and that the ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being are maintained.

As an environmental management and sustainability graduate, you will have the opportunity to follow a career path and carry out work that is truly valued in today's society.

Flexibility and choice

You can tailor the course to suit your interests with one of our two pathways – Landscape and Countryside Management, and Global Environmental Management – or choose your own route and select modules from each.

Learn in our outdoor classroom

With a base on our award-winning parkland campus, you'll benefit from a modern university setting and learn in a ready-made fieldwork environment.

This complements the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development's own facilities located on our nearby farms, which include indoor teaching and classroom facilities and habitats such as farmland, woodland and the rivers Loddon and Thames.

Learn more about our facilities

Centre for Agri-Environmental Research

Located in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development on the University's Whiteknights campus, the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research brings research disciplines together to meet increasing food demands while protecting the wider environment.

Of particular interest are the inter-relationships between land management, biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services such as pollination, pest control and the recycling of nutrients.

Learn more about the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research

Multi-disciplinary research

While focused primarily on plant and animal ecology, our research is developed collaboratively within a wider multi-disciplinary context

Additionally, we work with a wide range of external organisations and individuals within the UK and overseas, including the RSPB, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Rothamsted Research, Waitrose and Sainsbury's.

Learn more about our research

The course is really great for allowing you to consolidate and further the ecology taught at A level biology, as well as applying this to the real world in a variety of sectors.
Bea Walecki, BSc Environmental Management

Join our alumni community

In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for our Thrive career mentoring scheme, where you will be partnered with an alumnus. Our mentors are all successful professionals who create an environment where you can discuss your aspirations and test your ideas about graduate life.

Once you graduate, you have the opportunity to become part of our alumni community – a worldwide network of more than 107,000 people.

Being an alumnus of Reading gives you some great benefits, such as:

  • alumni discounts for further study
  • one-to-one careers advice for a year and ongoing networking opportunities
  • subscription to our annual Connected magazine and regular e-newsletters
  • access to an online global community
  • events and reunions
  • Library, sports and accommodation discounts.

Our degree

Our BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability degree is ideal for students with a passion for our environment and creating a sustainable future. It combines biology, geography and socioeconomic perspectives to tackle some of the 21st century's greatest challenges.

How you'll study

Benefit from the programme's strong practical element, which includes field-based teaching and visits to environmental organisations. You have the chance to study abroad and undertake a placement.

Life in the Department

Studying a degree in our Department of Sustainable Land Management means you'll join a thriving community of undergraduates in our School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. Interact with students from a range of degrees in teaching sessions and our common room.