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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Environment and Sustainability
with a Year in Professional Practice

Gain a critical understanding of the ecological and social crises of the 21st century while developing the practical skills you need to bring about change.
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Course overview

Address the ecological and social crises of the 21st century: sustainability and the climate crisis, the way human behaviour affects our environment, and the pressures we face managing scarce resources. Gain the practical skills to make a change.

Engage with environmental issues from a range of perspectives, drawing on subjects as varied as geography, ecology, anthropology, politics, economics, philosophy, law, history, literature and the creative arts. You will develop practical skills in geographic information systems (GIS) and biodiversity monitoring.

This course will be of particular interest if you have studied geography, environmental studies or biology.

Between the second and final years, you spend a minimum of 24 weeks and up to one year undertaking a work placement with an organisation relevant to your degree. Placements can be at home or abroad and give you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical context.

Why study Environment and Sustainability at Kent?

Learn beyond lectures.

Shape your degree outside of the classroom with field trips in the UK and continental Europe.  



Geography and Environmental Studies at Kent was ranked 1st in the UK for research output in the Times Higher Education (REF 2021).

Pursue your passion.

"The Year in Data Analytics completely changed my career prospects. I didn’t know what I wanted to do before or what hard skills I had to offer."

Be part of a community.

Join a supportive community engaged in ecological projects, including members of Kent Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies.

Add a 'year in'.

Boost your degree with a year in professional practice, data analytics, computing or more to expand your skills and apply your knowledge.    

Everything you need to know about our Environment and Sustainability course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Learn how environmental issues are framed and managed by different societal stakeholders, such as policymakers and the media. Specialise in areas such as geographies of people and places, tourism and conservation, and social anthropology.

How you'll study

Our teaching is research-led as all our staff are active in their fields. In addition to lectures and seminars, we run laboratory-based practicals and field trips. You also have an opportunity to conduct a field-based research thesis in your final year.

Gain the skills employers want.

This course gives you the skills to be a future environmental leader.


Your future

The conservation and environmental sector is an expanding area for employment opportunities.  Potential employers include local, regional and national UK government departments, voluntary organisations and the private sector, as well as international conservation and environmental organisations.

Our recent graduates have found work in:

  • ecological surveying
  • habitat management
  • species conservation
  • environmental education
  • conservation planning 
  • conservation policy
  • international consultancy
  • community-based conservation projects.
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Industry-standard environment.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include field ecology labs, genetics labs, a 3D laser scanner and dedicated lab, as well as a video editing suite and computer studios.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Field trips

One day trips that are compulsory to a module are financially funded by the School. Optional or longer trips may require support funding from attendees.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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