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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Integrated Environmental Management
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Programme Description

Environmental management is of growing importance in the daily operation of private and public sectors. Throughout the past few decades, new environmental tools have emerged to enable policymakers and decision-makers to deal with environmental challenges presented in their planning and operation, including environmental accounting, environmental risk assessment and environmental management system certification. At the same time, the establishment of environmental regulation in different jurisdictions makes it necessary for different sectors to comply with different legal and regulatory requirements. This multidisciplinary programme is catered for students who have a strong interest and dedication in environmental management and sustainability.

Study Mode Normal Period of Study JUPAS Code EdUHK Programme Code
Full-time 4 Years (for Year 1 Entry)
2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)
JS8702 A4B092
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Programme Aims

The BSc in Integrated Environmental Management [BSc(IEM)] programme offers our next generation a multidisciplinary and comprehensive training encompassing science, computing, socioeconomic and regulatory dimensions, enabling graduates to deal with environmental issues from different perspectives. 

The programme aims to provide students with a solid training in both scientific inquiry and social sciences inquiry so that they can understand the nature and complexity of the environmental challenges faced by the humanity.  This also enables them to consider and tackle different environmental problems systematically using an evidence-based approach.  Importantly, they will also be able to communicate their views and arguments on environmental issues to convince different stakeholders (including the general public and policy makers).  Upon the completion of the programme, students will be able to apply professional knowledge to manage a broad range of environmental issues in the real world.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • PILO1: Apply key concepts and theories in the field of environmental studies and management;
  • PILO2: Identify different environmental challenges in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the world from scientific, social and political and regulatory perspectives;
  • PILO3: Assess the effectiveness of different environmental management approaches with reference to scientific, social and ethical aspects;
  • PILO4: Explain different types of environmental problems and risks based on relevant scientific data to different audiences; and
  • PILO5: Propose appropriate policies, strategies, and solutions with respect to different environmental scenarios.

Programme Structure

For Year-1 Entrants

Domain Credit Points (cps)
- Major 45
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
- Overseas Field Trip 3
- Internship 3
Final Year Project
Honours Project / Capstone Project 6
Second Major / Minor(s) / Electives 30
General Education
- Foundation Course 4
- Breadth Courses 9
- Experiential Learning 6
- University ePortfolio 3
Language Enhancement 9
Total: 121


For Senior Year Entrants

Domain Credit Points (cps)
- Major 27
- Major Interdisciplinary Course 3
- Internship 3
Final Year Project
Honours Project / Capstone Project 6
Minor / Electives 15
General Education
- Breadth Courses / Experiential Learning 3
- University ePortfolio 3
Total: 60

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

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Major Studies

The major core courses of BSc(IEM) equip students with essential concepts, theories and advanced understanding related to environmental management and studies, in which the Internship provides real-life platforms for students to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills on environmental management acquired in other courses of the programme. The major elective courses offer students an opportunity to further develop their interest. The major interdisciplinary course is designed to develop students’ understanding on the major issues affecting sustainable development in the global community.

List of Major Courses

Year- Semester Course Title
Major Core Courses
1-1 Society and Nature
1-1 Ecology
1-2 Environmental Science and Management
1-2 Statistics for Environmental Analysis
2-1 Pollution Control and Waste Management
2-2 Spatial Data Analysis and GIS
2nd SB Contemporary Environmental Issues
3-1 Environmental Impact Assessment
3-1 Environmental Modelling
3-2 Environmental Ethics
3-2 Environmental Education and Communication
3rd SB Internship
4-1 Environmental Politics and Policy
4-1 Environmental Economics
4-2 Environmental and Public Health Risk Assessments
4-2 Food Security, Safety and Management
Major Elective Courses (Choose ONE out of TWO)
3-1 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
3-1 Innovative Technologies for Environmental Management
Major Interdisciplinary Course
4-1 The Sustainable Development Goals and Education

2nd SB – 2nd Summer Block (between Year 2 and Year 3);
3rd SB – 3rd Summer Block (between Year 3 and Year 4)

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Experiential Learning

The programme comprises two major core courses which involves experiential learning:

Contemporary Environmental Issues

Held in the summer between Year 2 and Year 3, this course provides students with first-hand experience on the occurrence of, and application of concepts relevant to environmental issues in global context. The course involves a series of seminars to allow students understanding of selected environmental issues; along with an overseas field trip. The course is designed with an aim to enhance students’ connection of theories to their practices using authentic examples. Through visiting university’s partners, organisations, companies, urban sites and natural attractions, the course creates an interactive learning environment where students combine knowledge acquired from site visits, field activities, seminars and lectures to investigate real-world problems.



Held in the summer between Year 3 and Year 4, the internship course aims to provide students with real-life integrated environmental management experiences strongly linked to their future career. This allows students to apply, practise and integrate their knowledge and skills acquired in the other courses of the programme in solving authentic environmental problems. Through the internship course, students are able to apply the knowledge and skills they learnt from the programme to gain authentic job experiences, critically reflect and get inspired on a potential future career in environmental management.

Final Year Project

The Final Year Project comprises of two courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Research Methods and Proposal
  • Honours Project: Research Report / Capstone Project II: Project Output

Students can opt for capstone project that allow them to apply their environmental knowledge acquired through the programme in a community setting. Students will be given opportunities to translate their environmental knowledge into different everyday practices and develop their portable skills throughout the process.

On the other hand, students can opt for Honours Project as their final year project. Honours Project provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired from the programme in a research context. Students need to demonstrate their competence in using qualitative and quantitative skills in their research projects.

Second Major/ Minor(s)/ Electives

Students of the BSc(IEM) programme are encouraged to adopt “Science for Environmental Management” or “Sustainable Tourism” Minors. These two Minors are developed in view of the professional and career needs of the students.

The “Science for Environmental Management” Minor (15 cps) comprises more skill-based courses which can further provide students with knowledge in the areas of environmental science and enhance their professional skills and practical capacity for engaging in the environmental and industrial sectors.

On the other hand, the “Sustainable Tourism” Minor (15 cps) will be useful for students who wish to apply their environmental knowledge in the tourist sector.  More specifically, this minor equips students with knowledge and perspectives in understanding the multiple connections between contemporary tourism practices and environmental management. By completing the courses in the minor, students will be able to understand the theoretical underpinnings and best practices of sustainable tourism.

Alternatively, students can freely take courses offered by any academic departments of the university as Second Major (applicable to Four-year programme only), Minor(s) and/or electives to suit their career aspirations and interests.

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General Education

EdUHK’s General Education is divided into four parts: Foundation Course, Experiential Learning Courses, Breadth Courses and University ePortfolio. Whereas the first-year Foundation Course (4 cps) emphasises on different perspectives on various topics of General Education, the Experiential Learning (6 cps) [which consists of Co-curricular and Service Learning Course (CSLC) and Experiential Learning Course (ELC), and students are required to take one course from each] provides students with an opportunity to engage in learning in action and encourages students to learn through experimentation, observation, reflection and (re-)conceptualization.

The GE Breadth Courses (9 cps) consist of 3 General Education Learning Strands (GELS), Positive and Values Education (PAVE) Course and General Education Interdisciplinary Course (GEIC). Students have to take one from each of the components in order to fulfill the GEBCs (9 cps) requirement that extends students’ epistemic perspectives by asking them to explore more focused topics across different fields and disciplines.

University ePortfolio (3 cps) provides students with the opportunity to synthesize their disparate learning experiences into a meaningful whole. General Education places great emphasis on integrative learning, and expects that students may derive a coherent learning experience from taking the various GE courses.

Language Enhancement

Students in the programme are expected to develop the ability to communicate effectively in English and Chinese (including Putonghua). To assist them in meeting this goal, the Centre for Language in Education (CLE) will offer a comprehensive package of mandatory credit-bearing and mandatory non-credit bearing language enhancement activities, amounting to no less than 297 hours of taught courses and documented self-access study. This comprises 138 hours of English (including two 3-cp courses), 99 hours of Chinese (including one 3-cp course), and 60 hours of Putonghua, over the four years of the programme. The language enhancement package requires students to make use of the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre (ASLLC) and related facilities available at the Tai Po campus.

Students may be exempted from selected Chinese, English or Putonghua courses in the package if they have fulfilled the exemption criteria of individual courses.

Non-Cantonese-speaking students will be required to study two non-credit bearing Cantonese courses. English-speaking students can study Cantonese and Putonghua courses.

Senior year entry students will be exempted from the language enhancement courses.

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Medium of Instruction

The programme will mainly be conducted in English. All Major courses will be taught in English. For some non-Major courses, Putonghua or Cantonese will be adopted as the medium of instruction when the language is considered to be most effective for teaching.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Driven by the growing environmental challenges in the region, the increasing socio-environmental awareness and the changing regulatory landscape in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, the BSc(IEM) programme can attract quality students with different disciplinary backgrounds and equip with necessary knowledge sought by the public and private sectors in environmental management.


As the 2022/23 academic year is the beginning of the 2022/23 - 2024/25 triennium for which the allocation of UGC-funded places is still subject to the Government's approval, the number of intake places is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation.

Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.