Environmental Science and Geography at Sheffield

Environmental Science and Geography at Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Explore, discover and protect the environment

Do you have a passion for understanding the environment? Do you want to know how Earth’s processes impact environmental change?

We live in an interconnected world where human and natural processes have an impact at global scale. Large scale processes, such as use and exploitation of natural resources to volcanic events have a significant influence on the health of ecosystems and our daily lives. This hands on summer school aims to provide a taster of what is to widen your knowledge in Environmental Sciences and Geography and how you can develop a future career in these areas. You will experience the life of a first-year undergraduate student by attending lectures, field and laboratory work related to understanding processes and the environment at global scale. The experience includes staying at University Halls and attending sports and student society activities as well as being taught by leading expert academics in these subject areas.

What will I be doing?

You will be involved in all aspects of student life, typical of the courses offered at Sheffield. These include:

• Lectures: learning how Earth’s processes such as volcanos and changes on the landscape shape the planet we live in.  
• Computing skills: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a core skill for Geography and Environmental sciences. You will acquire practical experience on the use of GIS.

• Field work: this is the strength of our courses. You will be trained on evaluating key features of a field site in the Peak District, collection of soil, water and ecological samples for evaluation of the health of ecosystems, using a variety of environmental monitors including remote sensors.
• Laboratory skills: You will experience sample analysis using a range of physical and chemical methods, including data interpretation for field evaluation.

Would this course suit me?

If you are looking for a challenge and are excited about getting your hands dirty, then this course is for you. The wide variety of subjects covered in this course requires a broad mind set. If you are interested in biology, conservation, chemistry, geography or geology but are not sure which one is for you, this course will help you to understand the differences between subject areas. The University is located closed to Sheffield’s city centre and the Peak District National Park, making it one of the greenest cities in the UK.

What do I need to be suitable?

Passion for protecting the environment and studying a science (Biology, Geography, Chemistry or Environmental science) at A level or equivalent.

Course code: 
SHS/375
Course dates: 
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:00 to Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 16:00
(3 nights residential)