Date of entry

September 2020

Teaching

Our teaching is based on the research carried out in the department. This means subject specialists share their expertise in a wide range of modules.

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures in larger groups
  • small group tutorials and seminars
  • workshops
  • fieldwork
  • presentations

Most modules in Levels 1 and 2 have three lectures and one tutorial or workshop group meeting each week. You’ll also be able to study additional subjects, such as environmental science, environmental sustainability, psychology, politics, economics, philosophy, or a language.

At Levels 3 and 4 you will have fewer lectures and will learn from tutorials, seminars, local field and laboratory work, and workshops.

Fieldwork is an important part of our course and we make use of the fantastic landscapes within easy reach of the campus for local day trips. We also travel further afield into the Cairngorms, and to Iceland or SE Spain for example, for week-long residential trips.

Assessment

Your learning will be assessed in multiple ways, and you will have the opportunity for fieldwork and laboratory work to apply your knowledge to real-world problems.

Exams are important but are not the only way we assess your learning – there is also a mix of coursework, including:

  • laboratory reports
  • fieldwork
  • essays
  • presentations
  • blogs and posters

The mix of exams and coursework types varies from module to module. You will be expected to complete many coursework assignments individually, but some assignments will be based on you working in small groups with other students.

At Level 4 you will apply the knowledge and expertise you have learned by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

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This list should give you a good idea of which modules you can take, however it may change before you begin your course, and may not show all available modules.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

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