What Will You Study
You won’t just be sat in lectures at Lancaster. Discover geography in our outstanding practical facilities; explore our beautiful surroundings; take part in international field trips; and learn from world-renowned lecturers.
Situated between the idyllic rural settings of the north and the bustling cities of Liverpool and Manchester, Lancaster’s position enables us to explore some of the UK’s most unique areas of geographic interest. You will gain a wealth of hands-on experience with field trips to places such as the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbrian coast and Lake District, as well as international locations such as Iceland, Amazonia, New York and Croatia.
Our Geography Department is housed within the multidisciplinary Lancaster Environment Centre, where you will have access to brand new labs, computer systems and software, and high-quality teaching. You will be offered choice and flexibility, with a dynamic range of modules to choose from in the second and third years of your degree, ranging from humanities, social science and physical science subjects.
In addition to class and lab-based learning, Geography at Lancaster also gives you the opportunity to bring your subject alive in a workplace setting. Our Communicating Geography module provides the option of undertaking a placement where you can teach at a school, or you can collaborate with a business to complete your dissertation research, allowing you to gain valuable work experience at the same time.
In keeping with the University’s ethos, we promote a friendly learning environment. We monitor our class sizes and aim to maintain our excellent student: staff ratio, ensuring that you are treated as an individual and not a number. You’ll be given the opportunity to get to know your lecturers personally, and we welcome students to call in for help and advice at any time.
- Biological Sciences : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences : MSci Hons
- Biological Sciences (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Biology : BSc Hons
- Biology : MSci Hons
- Biology (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation : BSc Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : MArts Hons
- Geography : MSci Hons
- Geography (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : MArts Hons
- Geography (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Human Geography : BA Hons
- Human Geography (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- International Management in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- International Relations in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Physical Geography : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography : MSci Hons
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Environmental Processes and Systems
- Geographical Skills in a Changing World
- Global Environmental Challenges
- Society and space - Human Geography
- Geographical Skills and Concepts
- Research Project Skills
- Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems
- Atmospheric Science
- Catchment Hydrology
- Communicating Geography
- Cultural Geography
- Development, Geography and the Majority World
- Earth Surface Processes
- Energy, Economy and Environment
- Environment and Society
- Geoscience in Practice
- Globalizing Food: A Field Course of Food Politics and Culture in Paris
- Interacting Landscapes: Biogeography and Geomorphology
- Introduction to Eco-Innovation
- Investigating Mediterranean Environments
- Political Geography
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Soil Science
- Africa:Geographies of Transformation
- Cities and Globalization
- Climate and Society
- Coastal Processes
- Conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon
- Conservation in Practice
- Dissertation with External Partner
- Energy: controversies and decision-making
- Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia
- Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing
- Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century
- Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Practice
- Geographies of Health
- Geological Hazards
- Glacial Systems
- Glacier- landscape interactions
- Global Change and the Earth System
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Global Consumption
- Hydrological Processes Field Course (Slapton)
- Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
- Issues in Conservation Biology
- Lakes, Rivers and Estuaries
- Magnetism for Environmental Problem-Solving
- New York Field Course
- Physical Geography Fieldwork (Geomorphology and past environments of Northern Spain)
- Quaternary Environmental Change
- Sustainable Agriculture
- The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
- The Dynamic Earth
- Urban Infrastructure in a Changing World
- Volcanic Processes Field Course
- Water & Environmental Management in a Mediterranean Context
- Water Resources Management
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB including Geography grade B.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Geography.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject but may additionally require a supporting A level in Geography at grade B or equivalent qualification. BTEC qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility.
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units. Access qualifications will be considered on individual basis to assess eligibility but may require additional A level in Geography at grade B or equivalent qualification.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
A level grade B in Geography or equivalent is required for entry.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component).
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.
Combination of Qualifications We welcome applications from students with a combination of qualifications, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly for further advice.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent graduates have entered careers using their degree-related skills in roles such as teaching, land surveyors and environmental consultants. Others have found employment with the transferable skills that they have gained and are working as teachers, in banking and in other commercial sectors.
Many Lancaster Geography graduates go on to further study, with recent graduates following Masters-level programmes in Resource and Environmental Management, IT and Data Communication and Transport Planning. Graduates from our North America scheme often return to continue their studies or work.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017-18 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:
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Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.