Lancaster Environment Centre

Students of the environment at Lancaster have always been a step ahead. It was here that the world’s first department of Environmental Science was established, and it was here too that some of the first students anywhere across the globe were able to graduate with a full degree in Ecology.

Lancaster Environment Centre is now the largest department at Lancaster University and one of the largest centres in the world for environmental research. We work across the full span of natural and social sciences, taking a unique interdisciplinary approach to address the major environmental challenges facing the world.

We have also broken new ground by putting real-world partnerships at the very centre of our activities. We share our facilities, laboratories and offices with the Environment Agency and over two dozen environmental businesses, and we provide a home for one of the government’s top environmental research laboratories, run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. There are few, if any, places in the world where students can find themselves working so closely alongside such a range of expert practitioners.

We have longstanding partnerships with international organisations. These include the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Sabah Foundation in Malaysia, the Federal University of Lavras in Brazil and three universities in Nigeria. We are also the only UK institution to have a physical campus in Africa – based in Accra, Ghana.

The decision to establish the Graduate School for the Environment is our next leap forward, maintaining and extending our position as a world leader in environmental training and research. Any postgraduate student coming through our doors will remain a step ahead.