Broaden your scientific knowledge of the environment through a strongly practical course and discover how to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. You will explore the Earth’s natural systems and their physical, chemical and biological interactions and use this knowledge to create strategies for solving major environmental issues, including pollution and climate change. The structure of this course enables you to pursue your own interests and even allows you to study modules from other subjects, such as biological sciences or meteorology. You can decide to pick and choose options for yourself or you can stick to specialist pathways in water resources and quality, conservation and sustainability, climate and palaeoclimate change, and pollution and remediation. During your final year, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You may have the chance to run it in conjunction with a research partner organisation. You are also encouraged to consider a study abroad experience as part of your degree. This can either be as part of a placement year or in the spring term of your second year of study. The University has a wide range of exchange partners in Europe and across the world in Australia, Canada and the USA (subject to availability). You will have the option to work with a real client, advising on environmental issues, or carry out a short placement working on a small project for a local company or organisation. You can opt to take the four-year version of this course, which incorporates a year in industry.