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  • Overview

    Environment and Business BA combines the study of environmental and sustainability issues with sound business and management practice. It’s concerned with the pressures and opportunities facing business as a result of the contemporary environmental and corporate social responsibility agendas.

    If you want to develop skills in the use of concepts, methods and tools that can be used to transform economic, environmental and social pressures into positive business opportunities, this course could be for you. Your background could be in business, geography or other social sciences.

    You’ll have the opportunity to study modules in the Business School and the School of Law, and to undertake a major environmental enterprise project. Pathways allow you to develop specialist knowledge and skills, which can help you succeed in the employment market.

    You'll be taught by leading specialists from across the breadth of our environment and business research disciplines.

    Extending this degree

    You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement or overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. Read "Study abroad and work placements".

    We also offer an Integrated Masters (combining bachelor and Masters level study), where you spend a year studying abroad at a partner university and return to Leeds to study Masters-level modules in your final year. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.

    Enhancing your experience

    We want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. The School has an officer dedicated to Student experience.

    School of Earth and Environment

    If you study in our School of Earth and Environment you’ll join one of the largest and most vibrant schools in the country..

  • Course content

    The course is designed around a combination of compulsory core modules, as well as opportunities to choose optional modules that allow you to follow areas of personal interest or broaden your learning.

    In your first year, you’ll study the underlying principles of business, the natural environment, and human impacts. Fieldwork and study skills feature strongly in this course and provide a solid foundation for your later independent studies.

    In year 2, you’ll develop your business skills through a range of core and optional modules influenced by your own interests. In this year you will have interaction with business executives and will work on real world issues in environment and business.
    As you extend your analytical skills you will gain a deeper understanding of the issues regarding the interface between the environment and business practices.

    Your final year will give you the chance to produce your own work at a professional level through our own final year project. You will be able to choose modules that enable you to pursue your specialist interests. These may include: climate change, law, marketing and advertising, business management, or corporate strategy.

    If you choose the MEnv Integrated Masters, you will spend your third year studying at one of our international partner universities, returning to take a final year of Masters-level modules and independent research.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Understanding Social Enterprises 10 credits
    • Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies 20 credits
    • Skills for Environmental Social Science 10 credits
    • Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
    • Environmental Science for Environmental Management 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • An Introduction to Law: What is Law? 10 credits
    • Innovation and Creativity in Business 10 credits
    • Leadership in Business 10 credits
    • Introduction to Management 10 credits
    • Introduction to Effective Decision Making 10 credits
    • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
    • Natural Hazards 10 credits
    • Environment and Ecology 10 credits
    • The Atmosphere of Planet Earth 10 credits
    • Environmental Politics and Policy 10 credits
    • Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Scientists 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Finance for Small Business 10 credits
    • Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector 10 credits
    • Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility 20 credits
    • Research in the Environmental Social Sciences 30 credits
    • Economics and Sustainability 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • International Law 20 credits
    • Anthropology for Business 10 credits
    • Principles of Marketing 10 credits
    • Principles of Corporate Strategy 10 credits
    • Advanced Management Decision Making 10 credits
    • Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions 10 credits
    • People, Sustainability, and the Environment 20 credits
    • Environmental Impact Assessment 10 credits
    • Environmental Policy and Governance 10 credits
    • Managing Biodiversity 10 credits
    • Transport, Energy and Environment 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • International Business Management 20 credits
    • Environmental Research Project 40 credits
    • Business and Sustainable Development 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Law and the Environment I: Pollution Control 10 credits
    • Law and the Environment II: Development and Nature Conservation 10 credits
    • Social Enterprise Consultancy Project 10 credits
    • Current Issues in Decision Making 20 credits
    • Managing Innovation and Technology 20 credits
    • Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management 10 credits
    • Sustainable Consumption 10 credits
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools 10 credits
    • Strategic Energy Issues 10 credits
    • Sustainability Economics in Practice 10 credits
    • Sustainable Futures 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Environment and Business BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Most modules combine lectures with practicals, workshops or seminars, depending on the subject. These are enhanced with skills classes, fieldtrips and small group academic tutorials. You can expect to study in a variety of settings, from large lecture theatres to computer clusters, seminar rooms, tutorials, laboratories, visualisation suites and out in the field. Our state-of-the-art building is in the centre of the campus and provides an ideal working environment, and offers quiet study and coffee areas when you are not in class.

    Read more about learning and teaching methods.

    We offer research-led teaching across the breadth of our environment and business disciplines, from specialists in their field. As Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University, you’ll be studying amongst staff who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide, and who will incorporate this expertise into their teaching.


    Our £23.5 million building opened in April 2010 and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for both teaching and research. These include our groundbreaking Earth Visualization Laboratory, all brand-new microscopes and a 3-D suite. Read about facilities in the School of Earth and Environment.


    You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, specifically designed to help students learn, whatever their preferred learning style. We use both coursework and exams, but with a general progression from an emphasis on exams in year 1 towards an emphasis on coursework in your final year.

    Read more in learning and teaching methods.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB , preferably including two from: biology, business studies, English, ethics, geography, history, law, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology.

    Offers exclude general studies.

    GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or an equivalent English language or Mathematics qualification.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      DDM in Extended Diploma/3 Subsidiary Diplomas in two relevant subjects. We will accept a combination of BTECs and A-Levels. Please contact the School's Undergraduate Admissions Team for more information.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall, with 16 points at higher level to include 5 points in two relevant subjects.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAABBB/H2H2H2H3H3H3 in two relevant subjects.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AABBB overall with BB in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AABBBB. To include 2 relevant subjects.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Access to Leeds Entry Requirements for this course: BBC

    If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year.

    We offer:
    • a specialised BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences with Foundation Year
    • a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level
    • an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    - University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)
    - Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)
    - Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Environment Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £19,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    While the School heavily subsidises or covers the cost of all compulsory taught fieldcourses, you may have to supplement these trips depending on the destination you choose. There will however always be a free option for you to select. You may incur some costs for some optional fieldtrip modules. Full details are available on request.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    The School of Earth and Environment offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

    Scholarships for 2019 entry are to be confirmed.

  • Career opportunities

    Environment and Business graduates are well placed to appreciate the fundamental advantages of a sustainability-oriented approach to business, and to help businesses deliver long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges.

    Career options for Environment and Business graduates include environmental consultancy and management, corporate social responsibility. Work opportunities occur in private companies, non-governmental organisations or the public sector.

    Careers support

    The School of Earth and Environment is committed to enhancing employability and offers a range of initiatives to ensure our students receive the highest level of support throughout their studies. Read about careers and employability on the School website.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You don’t apply directly to this course, instead you can register your interest with us once you’ve enrolled on the 3-year degree.

    To be eligible for Study Abroad you’ll need to maintain a good average in your assessments in years 1 and 2 and, for some destinations, you may have to show you have the necessary language skills. Read more about eligibility on the Study Abroad website.

    The Study Abroad Office and the School provide guidance to help you set up a study place at one of the University's partner institutions from around the world. Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    You may also be interested in our integrated Masters, which includes a year studying in Australia. Read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA.

    Year in industry

    You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year industrial degree by spending an additional year on an industrial placement, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. This allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience, and earn a salary, before you complete the final year of your degree.

    You can choose this option in advance, by applying directly to Environment and Business (Industrial) BA. You can also start on this degree and register your interest in this exciting opportunity after you begin.

    The School has strong connections with industry and will help you through the search, application and interview process. You may end up working in or near Leeds, near your home, or perhaps overseas. The School will provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and will support you during your placement, liaising with your employer to ensure that your work is of value to your academic development.

    Students who choose the Year in Industry option frequently receive attractive offers of employment when they graduate. The employability benefits include opportunities to:

    • apply your academic learning in the workplace
    • gain valuable work experience, as part of your degree, that will enhance your CV and job opportunities
    • enhance your personal development and life skills
    • develop your transferable skills, providing important evidence for job application forms
    • return to your final year of studies with enthusiasm and a better appreciation of the opportunities available to you as a student at the University of Leeds.

    Read more about Year in Industry on the Year in industry on the School website.

  • Fieldwork

    Fieldwork will be an essential element of your degree, and is one of the most enjoyable and sociable parts of the course for students and staff alike. Field classes give students an excellent opportunity to engage with current debates, investigate real world examples and interact with different interest groups in locations around Yorkshire and further afield.

    In your first year, you will research a sustainability problem and apply your new research skills to a real world situation. Optional modules include one-day field classes where you will develop skills in data collection and analysis. Second-year fieldwork in research methods involves a residential field class in the Netherlands, where you can apply different research approaches and data collection methods to prepare you for your individual research project in your final year. Some optional modules include one-day field visits where you can gain insights from practitioners about particular environmental issues.

    Because we recognise the value of field experience the school covers the transport and accommodation costs for all compulsory taught fieldcourses and many optional field trips. We also contribute to fieldwork costs arising from your final-year research project.

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