BSc (Hons) Landscape Studies (Top Up)

The BSc (Hons) Landscape Studies is a one year top-up degree for students who have studied landscape based HNC/HND courses at partner or other further education colleges.

The top-up degree takes a dynamic view of landscape, challenging the preconceived idea of it as a static, traditional scene. It focuses on the use of land for social, economic or ecological habitat management purposes. BSc (Hons) Landscape Studies will enable you to recognise the tensions that exist over landscapes such as re-development, conservation and climate change and be able to suggest possible ways of managing these.

You will appreciate how the physical and human worlds are interdependent and link theory and practice through field studies. You will also learn how to use a range of research methodologies and data collection techniques from designing questionnaires to profiling beaches.

What you will study

This is a one year top-up degree, with students coming directly into a third year undergraduate programme. In this year they will study the following modules:

  • Reading the Contemporary Landscape explores the changing idea of landscape over time and space, with particular emphasis on landscape perception and management.
  • Land Remediation examines the management of contaminated land and the methods & techniques for remediating such land.
  • Work-based Learning students undertake a period of 60 hours of work based learning under the direction of an employer and an academic supervisor enabling...
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By studying an earth, space or environment course, you will benefit from the huge investment in facilities that has taken place at the Universitys Glyntaff Campus in Pontypridd.

Whether you need individual study time or an interactive environment, there are plenty of learning spaces. The campus also has cafes and a dedicated library. Just a few minutes walk away is our Treforest Campus, where youll find modern Halls of Residence, the Students Union and sports facilities.

As well as making use of...

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Field trips

Important Information

Please be aware of the physical demands of this course which has modules with significant fieldwork elements. If you therefore have a disability which is likely to be affected by these physical demands, please get in touch with the course leader Dr Angharad Saunders, as soon as possible. We will then investigate the reasonable adjustments that we can make to ensure your Health and Safety. Please note that if any Health & Safety aspects...

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Work and Study Placements

Work-based learning module is an integral part of this course, giving you the opportunity to gain credit for work experience and to reflect on this experience in relation to your wider learning. This module has led to significant career opportunities for past graduate students.

You will also have the opportunity to gain a variety of field skills and experiences. This is a highly desirable skill set for those wishing to work within the environment sector. Alongside this, the Dissertation offers...

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


UCAS is the UK's Universities and Colleges Administration System.

If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time undergraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time undergraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2017