BSc (Hons) Landscape Studies (Top Up)

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. Landscape Studies 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.

This Landscape Studies course 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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As well as making use of the great outdoors, our geology, geography and natural history students work in modern laboratories and classrooms. The Upper Glyntaff buildings comprise two distinct parts. Our new George Knox laboratories are part of a 15m investment in science for the University, meaning you will be taught in new and well-equipped spaces. These join the Grade II listed Alfred Russel Wallace building, which is also used for teaching.

Our students use a variety of fully equipped geographical...

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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 have a disability which is likely to be affected by these physical demands, please get in touch with Tim Patterson, the course leader as soon as possible for an informal chat.

All applicants are encouraged to attend Applicant Days to discuss course field trips and to gain a greater understanding of the activity thats undertaken during these overseas and domestic...

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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.


  • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 1 Years Start Date: Sep 2018