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Environment and Business (International) MEnv, BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Environment and Business MEnv, BA is a four-year Integrated Masters degree with a year spent abroad. It 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.

    The year abroad

    A year in the USA, Canada or Australia can add real value to your degree, broadening your academic horizons and demonstrating a high degree of independence – attributes highly valued by prospective employers. We’re currently in negotiation with some of the world’s leading universities and final destinations for this degree will be announced soon.

    Your Year Abroad is fully integrated into your course, so it counts towards your final degree classification, and you take only Masters-level modules during your fourth and final year. Leeds was the first university in the UK to introduce the fully integrated international study year abroad and we have many years’ experience of working with internationally renowned institutions in North America and Australasia.

    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.

    You will spend your third year studying abroad at one of partner universities. The marks you receive are translated to Leeds equivalents and count towards your final degree classification.

    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.

    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

    • Study Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methods 15 credits
    • Business, Environment and Sustainability 15 credits
    • Environmental Research Project 45 credits

    Optional modules

    • Sustainable Venturing and Innovation 15 credits
    • Introduction to Ecological Economics 15 credits
    • Project Management: Developing and Managing Environmental Contracts 15 credits
    • Delivering Sustainability Through Projects 15 credits
    • The Regulatory and Planning Context for Sustainable Projects 15 credits
    • Issues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility 15 credits
    • Sustainability and Local Enterprise: Patagonia Field Course 15 credits
    • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis 15 credits
    • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation 15 credits
    • Climate Change Mitigation 15 credits
    • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics 15 credits
    • Sustainable Futures 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Environment and Business (International) MEnv, 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.

    Facilities

    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.

    Assessment

    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: A*AA including two preferably 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 appropriate English language or Mathematics qualification.

    • BTEC

      D*D*D 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

      35 points overall, with 19 points at higher level to include 6 points in two relevant subjects

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      A1A1AAAA/H1H1H2H2H2H2 in two relevant subjects.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AAABB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers (AH). For non-AH applicants AAAAAA. To include 2 relevant subjects.


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

    If you do not achieve the higher grades required for this four-year programme, we guarantee you a place on the BSc programme (provided you achieve the grades required for the BSc). A successful performance during years 1 and 2 will support an application to transfer back to this Integrated Masters programme.

    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: AAB

    International

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

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    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

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £19,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also 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.

    Find out more about our Scholarships.

  • 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. The MEnv also provides excellent preparation for further study.

    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

    Your year abroad

    The School of Earth and Environment at Leeds was the first Department in the UK to offer integrated degrees with a year in North America and we extended the scope of this highly successful programme by offering additional partner institutions worldwide. Spending a year abroad is not only an adventure, it is a chance to add real value to your degree by experiencing environmental challenges that simply don’t exist within the UK.

    We are currently in negotiation with some of the world’s leading universities for the MEnv Environment and Business (International) programme and final destinations will be announced soon. Please contact the Earth and Environment Undergraduate Admissions Team to find out more.

  • 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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