Teaching and Learning

We use a mix of lectures, seminars and practicals to enhance your learning and to develop essential skills throughout your degree.


Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. Lectures usually last either one or two hours, and should be complemented by further independent study by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists, suggesting suitable books and journals which will be available either digitally or in print from our library.


Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking out, listening to others and learning to increasingly present yourself with confidence.  You'll become experienced in being part of a team and explore the topics under study together.

Practical Classes

Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key environmental or biological principles underpinning the topic of study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career. Practical classes could range from computer-modelling sessions to the opportunity to conduct experiments and analyse samples in our new Environmental and Life Sciences laboratories.


Our surroundings allow us to give you regular hands-on experience of a wide range of environmental, ecological, geological and social situations in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and Morecambe Bay as well as nearby cities such as Manchester. Additionally, each of our degrees offer many field courses further afield, including elsewhere in the UK and overseas, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to different contexts around the world whilst also getting to know your fellow students and lecturers at the same time!


The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.