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BSc (Hons) in Environment and Sustainability


3 Years (6 Semesters)

Degree Award:

Staffordshire University, UK

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The crisis in our environment and the quest to secure sustainable futures are now global concerns of major importance. This award aims to develop students’ understanding of the intricate relationships between environment and sustainability whilst also providing students with the opportunity to develop in-depth appreciation of particular environmental problems and their potential solutions. By dealing with issues that directly affect the way that we live, the award will appeal to students with a range of interested in environment and sustainability and who aspire to work in environmental management


We welcome applications from people with a wide variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Applications are individually assessed. However typically you will have:

  • Route 1:  Entry to Year 1 Degree
    • Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.0 and completion of SPM or equivalent; or
    • Successful completion of A-Level with at least a pass in 2 subjects and successful completion of O-Level or equivalent; or
    • Recognised Matriculation or foundation with CGPA 2.0; or
    • A qualification that APIIT accepts as equivalent to the above.

All students must demonstrate that they have met the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 either through formal English language assessment or through success in prior study at “A” level or equivalent in English.

  • Route 2: Direct Entry to Year 2 Degree
    • Successful completion of the relevant APIIT Diploma, or
    • Successful completion of study in another recognised institution with academic credits equivalent to Year 1 of an honours degree in relevant subjects


The Year 1 introduces students to a range of environmental issues and the processes that shape natural and non-natural environments. Students also acquire an essential grounding in a range of investigative and analytical skills that relate to environmental investigation and monitoring, using both field- and laboratory-based techniques. In Years 2 and 3, students may study topics that develop specialist knowledge of areas such as environmental policy, pollution control, environmental conservation, geographic information systems and environmental education. Internship opportunities provide further scope to develop essential knowledge and key skills in a working environment. Throughout the degree you will be developing key skills to both enable you to perform well in your degree and to prepare you for your future career. We have devised a carefully structured programme of skills development covering essay and report writing, use of information technology, oral presentations, working in groups, project and time management and critical reading and analysis. These are many of the skills which employers really value and which our own graduates emphasise have been important to them in their later careers.


Topics you will experience include:

Year 1

  • Environmental Issues & Case Studies I
  • Environmental Issues & Case Studies II
  • Geography & Environment Tutorials
  • Investigating Geography & Environment I
  • Investigating Geography & Environment II
  • Sustainable Lifestyles & Communities
  • The Dynamic Earth I
  • The Dynamic Earth II

Year 2

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation & Regulation
  • Geography & Environment in Practice I
  • Geography & Environment in Practice II
  • Resources and Risks: Challenges to Sustainability I
  • Resources and Risks: Challenges to Sustainability II
  • Tools Evaluating Environmental Performance & Sustainability
  • Geography & Environment Field Course

Year 2 (Internship)

Year 3

  • Geography and Environment in the Workplace Project I
  • Geography and Environment in the Workplace Project II
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Advanced Geography and Environment Fieldwork I
  • Advanced Geography and Environment Fieldwork II
  • Planning for Climate Change
  • Professional Practice & Careers for Geography & Environment Graduates
  • Sustainability Planning & Environmental Policy

In addition to the above, all students are required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.


Graduates will find employment across a wide range of careers destinations including the education sector, government agencies, local authorities, environmental consultancies, specialist sectors of the environment industry, such as water management, or will enter the industrial or commercial sectors. Others will undertake further postgraduate training across a range of academic and vocational courses.


The aim of the assessment is that it reflects upon intended learning outcomes and the teaching and learning practices within individual modules and the award as a whole. All learning outcomes indicated for each module are assessed. The assessment strategy is designed to enable students to benefit from different forms of assessment, both summative and formative. 

Assessment is varied, offering students the opportunity of working very much to their strengths. Essays, portfolios, case study work, an unseen class test and research projects are included in the assessment strategy. 

Assessment of all modules is designed to deliver both formative and summative feedback, allowing students the opportunity to reflect on their progress at various points. Thus, there is  a formative diagnostic essay which must be completed by all students in year 1. This is marked and returned to them in a personal tutorial. There are other examples of formative assessment in feedback on seminar presentations and advice in their preparation. The Dissertation Preparation Project, for example, is assessed by means of a project proposal that can form the basis for the Dissertation in the third year. 

Formative feedback is essential to student progression and throughout the awards, located within the modules at all 3 levels are opportunities for formative assessment. Seminar presentations, research proposal presentations, group work and team work tasks are all methods of formative assessment which will receive feedback from the tutors either during the workshops or in private individual tutorials throughout the year.

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.

Malaysian Student Fees:
Course Fees:
Year 1: RM 23,800 + £250
Year 2: RM 24,500 + £250
Year 3: RM 25,500 + £250
Total: RM 73,800 + £750
International Student Fees:
Course Fees:
Year 1: RM 25,200 (USD 6,000) + £250
Year 2: RM 26,800 (USD 6,390) + £250
Year 3: RM 27,300 (USD 6,500) + £250
Total: RM 79,300 (USD 18,890) + £750

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