Environmental and Earth Sciences
Tackle some of the major challenges facing the world, develop your knowledge of how the Earth system works, enhance your laboratory and research skills and join us on exciting field trips.
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- Environmental Science : BSc Hons : F750
- Environmental Science : MSci Hons : F850
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons : F754
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons : F851
Environmental Science is key to tackling the challenges facing the world today. Our degrees will help you to understand how the environment has evolved to its current state and how it might change in the future.
Earth and Environmental Science
- Earth and Environmental Science : BSc Hons : FF68
- Earth and Environmental Science : MSci Hons : 4R71
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons : FF6V
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons : FF86
Covering topics as diverse as geological mapping, atmospheric processes and tectonics and sedimentation, you will explore the factors and processes that control the Earth system, not only in the UK but around the world.
Approximately 12 contact hours per week in Year 1
Practical sessions and fieldwork associated with many modules
Time available for independent study, research, coursework and revision
Choice and flexibility
You can choose between our 3-year BSc or 4-year MSci degree programmes. The first year of our degrees focuses on the core understanding of the Earth’s systems, but you will also take modules that deal with a number of globally significant environmental challenges, including producing sufficient food for a growing population, meeting future demands for energy, adapting to floods and droughts and preventing or mitigating soil and water pollution. You can switch between programmes up until the end of your first year, ensuring you are studying the subject that most interests you.
In subsequent years, you have a greater choice of modules meaning that you can design your degree to match your interests and career aspirations.
As part of your degree, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your academic studies and also develop your practical skills. Many of our modules offer exciting opportunities for practical work in either the laboratory or the field, enabling you to put the academic theory learnt in lectures into practice.
You can also enhance your studies, boost your self-confidence and immerse yourself in the culture of another country as part of our exciting opportunities to study overseas in either North America or Australasia with our Study Abroad option, or in Europe through the Erasmus+ scheme.
Residential field courses
A highlight of our degrees are the residential field courses. Whether it’s examining volcanic hazards on Mount Etna, water and environmental management in Croatia, or the interaction between glaciers and the landscape in Iceland, these field courses are an excellent way to apply your academic knowledge in the field.
You will also undertake a research project under the guidance of an active researcher. This is an excellent opportunity to put the skills learnt throughout your degree into practice, and you could have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment in our laboratories or take your research out into the field.
We offer a flexible route into our Environmental and Earth Sciences programmes in partnership with the OpenUniversity. This option is ideal if you don't hold traditional qualifications such as A-levels.
How it works
The scheme involves initial study with the Open University, on successful completion of which you transfer directly to the second year of either our BSc Environmental Science (F750) or BSc Earth and Environmental Science (FF68) degree programmes.
Through the distance-learning component with the Open University, you will develop an understanding of the environment and the major environmental issues affecting human society. The required modules are:
- S111 Questions in Science
- S112 Science: Concepts and Practice
- SS001 Laboratory Skills for Science (short residential school)
- SXF206 Environmental Science
These modules integrate the studies of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science, and will equip you to become a full-time, second-year student on one of our degree programmes at Lancaster University. For further details on the content of your second and third years, please see:
How to apply
Applications to OpenPlus are not made through UCAS but directly through Lancaster University and the Open University. For more details about this entry pathway and how to apply, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that Open University modules are subject to curriculum changes and that the residential component of SXF206 is compulsory.
At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students.