At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Biology and Environmental Studies. Biology at Keele focuses on the amazing world of organisms – from how they’ve evolved to their relationships with the environment and each other. Keele takes a broad approach to biology, examining the diversity of life and its evolution from the geological past. You’ll consider the complexity of biological processes and mechanisms at molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, exploring related philosophical and ethical issues. You’ll sample, record and analyse data in the field and in our excellent labs, and learn how biology can help to improve the quality and sustainability of life. Complete this course over three years, or it may be possible (subject combination dependant) to add an extra year with an Applied Life Sciences work placement or a one year Study Abroad Placement between the second and third year. This degree is combined with the study of Environmental Studies, where you’ll learn to explore the crucial relationship between humans and the environment, drawing on the humanities and social sciences. Environmental Studies differs from our Environmental Science programme because it focuses on the socio-political nature of environmental problems and the responses to them from individuals, businesses, institutions and civil organisations. You could consider subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism and you might do this from perspectives as varied as history, sociology, economics, ethics, human geography, politics, international relations and philosophy. This course is ideal if you’re interested in the way the environment is debated from a broad spectrum of positions. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Biology at Keele offers both breadth and depth of knowledge, preparing you for a range of directly or indirectly related careers. You might work as a research scientist, as an environmental consultant, conservationist, in quality control areas of the food industry, in the pharmaceutical industry or as a scientific writer. Environmental Studies is a very topical subject, with a growing number of careers opening to people who truly understand the many different perspectives on environmental issues. This course will develop your ability to think critically, and to speak persuasively and knowledgeably, with people who have diverse viewpoints and agendas. You’ll have been well prepared for a choice of rewarding careers; for example, you might work directly in sustainability or in government, for a policy centre, as a journalist or as a campaign.