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Environmental Science with Business Management

F8N2 BSc (Hons) 3 years


Students see for themselves the conflict between business interests and the environment in the Florida Everglades (USA)

Do you want to combine exploring the interfaces between physical, human and ecological environments with the practical role of business in engaging with and shaping these interactions? Drawing on expertise within the School of Geography, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the School of Business and Management, this multidisciplinary degree programme allows you to explore a diverse range of topics. From evolution to climate change; environmental pollution to river science and management; you will study business concerns such as economics, management, marketing and human resources; as well as environmental engineering and the geographies of science and nature. You will undertake core training in environmental research techniques, financial accounting and business strategy, as well as exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK, the USA and New Zealand.*

Why study environmental science with business management at Queen Mary?

  • Join one of the UK’s leading research universities (member of the Russell Group) and receive a globally-recognised degree
  • Explore the world with us on fieldwork in places such as Florida (USA), the Southern Alps (New Zealand) as well as UK-based fieldwork including opportunities right here in London*
  • Analyse samples from the field and simulate environmental processes in our state-of-the-art laboratories right here on campus
  • Extend your skills and develop your CV by taking up some of our volunteering, work experience or study abroad opportunities and be supported throughout your degree with advice from dedicated geography careers staff
  • Work with leading environmental organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Thames 21, and the South East Rivers Trust with guidance from our staff to develop your own research project
  • Learn from leaders in the discipline – our staff’s research publications were ranked 5th in the UK while the department was ranked 11th overall for its excellence (REF2014). They have acted as advisers too for international organisations including UNESCO, Department of Health, Environment Agency, Natural England and more
  • Design your own project alongside our experts and develop the skills to become a researcher in your own right.

* Compulsory fieldwork in the School of Geography is undertaken at no extra cost. Optional overseas fieldwork in the second and third year ranges from £400 to £1,200 approximately, some with additional flight costs (based on costs in the year 2016/17). Destinations can vary year-on-year, are subject to availability and are dependent on the module combinations chosen. Overseas field class modules run in alternate years. If field trip modules are oversubscribed, places are allocated by ballot. Students participating in overseas field trips are responsible for securing their own visas, if required.


For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Ideas and Practice in Geography and Environmental Science
  • Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists
  • Fieldwork in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
  • Earth Surface Science
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Economics for Business

Optional modules:

  • Ecology
  • People and the Environment

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Earth System Cycles
  • Research Strategies in Physical Environments
  • Marketing
  • Financial Accounting

Options include:

  • Health, Biomedicine and Society
  • Society, Culture and Space
  • Spaces of Uneven Development
  • Digital Cartography
  • GIS: Remote Sensing and  Modelling
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Environmental Management Applications
  • Ecological Interactions
  • Animal and Plant Diversity
  • Alpine Environments: Physical Processes in the NZ Southern Alps

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Project in Environmental Science
  • Integrated Catchment Management
  • Strategy
  • The Management of Human Resources

Options include:

  • Environmental Management Applications
  • Cold Environments
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Progress in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
  • Quaternary Palaeoenvironments
  • Science and Politics of Climate Change
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Tropical Ecology and Conservation
  • Global Change Biology
  • Alpine Environments: Physical Processes in the NZ Southern Alps
  • Geo-ecology and Geo-ecosystems
  • Terrestrial Vegetation Modelling
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Geography, Technology and Society

Entry requirements


Typical grades required: AAB-BBB from the three best A-levels (excluding General Studies). Though geography A-level is preferred, it is not required.

Additional information:

One science A-level at grade B is required. 

International Baccalaureate:

Subjects and grades: 30-34 points overall.

Vocational and other qualifications:

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as; Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates.

Post-offer open days 2017

The School of Geography holds three open days for students who are in receipt of an offer to study at QMUL Geography known as The Festival of Geography. The Festival is a celebration of our subject areas and gives you the opportunity to sample a 'day in the life' here at QMUL Geography. You'll meet with students and staff, tour our facilities, attend lectures and get all the information you'll need to see what becoming a part of one of the top geography departments in the world is all about. The dates for 2017 will be announced shortly. 

Learning and teaching

Our modules are delivered through a range of different teaching and learning methods. On average, you will spend 12 hours per week in a combination of lectures, seminars tutorials and practical classes.

Class sizes range from introductory lectures in the first year (50-100 students) to smaller lectures and seminars (around 20-50 students) in the second and third years, with plenty of opportunities for group work and discussion.

You will also take part in regular tutorials (small groups sessions with a member of academic staff) where you will receive further advice and guidance on getting to grips with readings and course material and developing your study skills. In the final year these are replaced with one-to-one meetings with your tutor as you prepare for your independent research project and plan your future career.

Many of the modules also include fieldwork components (in the UK and abroad) where you spend a day or up to several weeks in the field with members of staff putting your research skills into practice.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in classes, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study.  Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Most of our modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including extended essays, short reports, posters, oral presentations and group work. You will also participate in problem-based learning (PBL), where you work in small, collaborative groups with guidance from the lecturer or seminar leader.

Coursework is submitted throughout the academic year. Exams are held in May and June. Most students must complete a final-year Independent Geographical Study or Project in Environmental Science of 10,000 words based upon an original study of their choice.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

In an increasingly globalised world, the skills and knowledge of environmental scientists and geographers make our graduates more employable than ever. Some 100 per cent of QMUL School of Geography physical geography and environmental science graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation1.

What our graduates do next

Whether taking transferable skills into diverse careers from business to health or using subject knowledge to inform environmental policy or scientific analysis, our successful environmental scientists and geographers can be found across the graduate work market.

We’re proud to see our graduates working at local, national and international organisations:

• Engineering Geologist, ARUP Hong Kong
• Environmental Engineer, Edmunds Nuttall (now BAM Nuttall)
• Graduate Geomorphologist, Jacobs
• Project Manager, UK Power Networks
• Consultant, Reading Agricultural Consultants
• Graduate Transport Planner, Transport for London
• Policy Adviser, UK Cabinet Office
• Head of Strategy, Thomson Reuters
• Principal, The Rochester Grammar School
• Business Analyst, Goldman Sachs
• Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, CRISIS
• Assistant Organiser, Citizens UK

How we support you

The QMUL Careers and Enterprise Team is on hand to support you throughout your degree. There’s lots of opportunities to build your CV while you’re at Queen Mary, including:

•    Taking part in workshops and events such as career tutorials, careers assignments, networking events, and one-to-one careers consultant CV help
•    Attending some of the 90+ employer-led events each year from seminars to large fairs.
•    Getting advice from Enterprise Support if you’re interested in running your own commercial or social enterprise.
•    Building your experience by taking a placement from our award-winning QProjects work experience scheme from internships to part-time work, full-time jobs to volunteering.

For more information visit:

1 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014


Name: Vivian Hughes

Currently: BSc Environmental Science with Business Management, class of 2015

Vivian Hughes, BSc Environmental Science with Business Management, class of 2015, Queen Mary University of London

From: Colombia

Why did you choose a combined honours degree?

"I found my degree in BSc Environmental Science with Business Management very dynamic and educational. Having the opportunity to take modules from the Schools of Geography, Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Business Management is excellent because courses in the UK generally tend to focus on one department only. This variety has enabled me to develop a wide range of skills, as I have had to understand how each department works differently in terms of the teaching and what is expected from me, which is essential for future jobs in diverse industries."

What was it like being an international student in London?

"My journey through Queen Mary has been a greatly enriching and wonderful one. As an international student, I was quite scared at first as I did not know if there would be a very 'international' environment, however I found myself surrounded by various backgrounds in my course of study, making friends from Jordan, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Portugal, Barbuda and, of course, England!"

What did you enjoy about being a part of QMUL Geography?

"The fieldtrips were great, as they were hands-on opportunities to apply what was taught in lectures and seminars in the field in places such as Somerset (England), Cairngorms (Scotland) and Florida (USA). Living in London is amazing as a student, there is always something going on and the city was always very inviting, as it is so multicultural and vibrant. Queen Mary and London have been nothing but amazing and I will always be grateful for all the wonderful times I spent here."


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