Enhance your understanding of the functioning of natural and human-made environments, and the socioeconomic factors behind environmental problems. You will develop skills in the acquisition and analysis of environmental data, and the development of sound management strategies and plans. Land is facing increasing conflicts related to its management for different purposes. These include food production, renewable energy, protection of soil and water resources, nature conservation, urban development and the provision of space for recreation and tourism. This degree enables you to build on your interests and to prepare for a career in these areas. You will be able to tailor this course to suit your specific interests. Two pathways are available: the Landscape and Countryside Management pathway or the Global Environmental Management pathway. The Landscape and Countryside Management route has a strong land management emphasis, while the Global Environmental Management pathway covers more of the wider international aspects of environmental issues. Alternatively, you can choose your own route by selecting modules from each. There is a strong practical element to the course and you will usually carry out field trips once a week during the first two years, gaining exposure to people and organisations working in the environmental management sector. The course focuses on the needs of employers and you will develop your professional skills alongside your scientific knowledge, using exercises such as mock consultancies. You will gain the core knowledge needed for a range of careers in fields such as environmental management, nature conservation and natural resource management. Skills learned through the course can also be transferred to other sectors such as rural development, estate management, international project management and environmental education. You can opt to take the four-year version of this course, which incorporates a year on a professional placement. Students are also encouraged to consider a study abroad experience as part of their degree programme. The University has a wide range of exchange partners in Europe and across the world in Australia, Canada and the USA (subject to availability).