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Introduction

Environmental issues impact on us all. This programme combines theory, leading edge research and practical experience to find workable solutions to current and future environmental problems, and help you to develop as a professional graduate in environmental and sustainability issues.


UK-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students
 

Programme Features 

High ranking
Northumbria is ranked 17th in the UK for Geography & Environmental Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2023)


Employable graduates
91% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation.  Our graduates have progressed to work in related fields of environmental sciences and ecology such as Nature Interpreter in Eco-Education and Resources Centre, and Environmental Manager in an engineering company.


Modules

Geography and Environment Dissertation

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a geographical or environmental topic of your own choice. You will develop your research skills in answering research questions/hypothesis on a dissertation topic within the social, humanities, natural and environmental disciplines.

Translating Environmental Science into policy, outreach and decision making

On this module you will work towards completing a small piece of Application, Outreach or Decision making, the topic of which will be dependent staff expertise and partner engagement.
The aim of the module is to explore, understand, practice and evaluate means of environmental engagement. The module will help you to develop the skills required to support the implementation of environmental programmes and change the environmental agenda at all levels of society.

Advanced Geospatial Applications

You will learn about the design and implementation of geospatial applications using evidence-based practice extending practical knowledge of the techniques and analysis tools. You will be taught advanced concepts of method design and how to cost and respond to a tender request. You will also learn advanced IT skills on data compilation, download, generation, analysis, interpretation and presentation within the context of ‘fitness of use’ using image processing and GIS software.

Applied Ecology and Conservation Management

In this module you will explore the policies and practice of conservation, using examples from around the world. You will find out how the conservation value of a site is assessed in the UK (and in other countries), how to map a river for ecologically sensitive engineering, how climate change is affecting the distribution of species and habitats and the challenges of managing a site for conservation and other conflicting uses. The module combines professional practice focused on careers and challenging contemporary ideas.

Environmental Pollution and Health

In this module, you will develop a holistic viewpoint on issues surrounding environmental pollution, pollution impacts on human health, and approaches to pollution management and mitigation. You will engage with a range of contemporary issues across air quality management, contaminated land and water pollution; appreciate the wider context of historical pollution; analyse and interpret environmental data using a range of modelling techniques (for example, contaminated land software, atmospheric dispersion modelling software) and evaluate different types of interventions that can be used to alleviate/control the effects/impacts of pollutants. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

 

Assessment

Assignment, individual presentation, portfolio, report, consultancy report and individual dissertation.

 

 

 

 

Recognition

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 18/000119/L5
Validity Period : 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2024

 

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.
  • Graduates of this top-up degree programme can enjoy a 20% alumni tuition fee discount when they study a Master’s degree at Northumbria University’s UK campuses (London or Newcastle)

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Holders of one of the following VTC Higher Diplomas (HD):

  • HD in Environmental Science
  • HD in Environmental Protection and Management
  • HD in Environmental Resources Management

OR

Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in a relevant Environmental Science/Protection/Management subject area awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.

 

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Applicants holding post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree) taught and assessed in English for at least 2 years from recognised institutions;

OR

  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component), or TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 232 (computer-based) or 89 (internet-based), or Pearson 62, or equivalent.

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$82,450 by 2 instalments
     (Deduct up to HK$33,200 via NMTSS)


The tuition fee is as low as HK$9,250 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$82,450 - NMTSS HK$33,200 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).



Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students

 

Financial Aids 
The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,200 per year 
[AY2022/23]
Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2022/23]

Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.

 

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

91% graduates in 2021 were employed within 6 months upon graduation.  Our graduates have progressed to work in related fields of environmental sciences and ecology such as Nature Interpreter in Eco-Education and Resources Centre, and Environmental Manager in an engineering company.
 

 

"The programme has equipped me with important professional knowledge required in the field of environmental science.  This has greatly enhanced my employability and career prospects."

 

Leung Chun Hang

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

  • ​Nature Interpreter / Eco-Education and Resources Centre (ERC)

 

Further Studies

  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.
  • Graduates of this top-up degree programme can enjoy a 20% alumni tuition fee discount when they study a Master’s degree at Northumbria University’s UK campuses (London or Newcastle)

 

 

Connect with Us

Programme Coordinator Mr. Vincent Yu
Tel. no. 2595 8324
Email vincentyu@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

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Registration No. : 252502. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.