Environmental and Earth Science at Lancaster University

Environmental and Earth Science

We are a community of world-class environmental researchers, high achieving students, government scientists and commercial enterprises working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.

For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.

Earth Science

The rocks that comprise Earth’s upper crust contain a record of environmental change over a period exceeding 2 billion years. On this pathway, you will learn skills needed to read this record and understand how Earth has evolved over time. You will have the opportunity to take field-based modules in both the UK and abroad.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
Atmosphere, Weather & Climate Aquatic Biogeochemistry Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
Biogeochemical Cycles Geoscience in Practice The Dynamic Earth
Earth's Interior Optional modules Optional modules
Geology Catchment Hydrology Dissertation
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Data Collection and Analysis Dissertation with External Partner
Optional modules Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental Extended Essay

Depending on which A-Levels you have taken, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following:

Geological Mapping Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Research, Design and Delivery Field Course - Volcanic Processes
Numerical Skills I Soil Science Geological Hazards
    Hydrogeology

Ecology and Conservation

You will receive a thorough grounding in ecological theory. Interactions between organisms, the environment and humanity are often complex. This Pathway has a strong emphasis on fieldwork, designed to encourage you to develop practical skills.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Mandatory modules
Aquatic Ecology Populations to Ecosystems Coral Reef Ecology
Biodiversity and Conservation or Marine and Estuarine Biology Principles of Biodiversity Conservation Issues in Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology Optional modules Optional modules
Global Change Biology Data Collection and Analysis Animal Behaviour
Zoology Environmental Physiology Dissertation
Optional modules Evolution Dissertation with External Partner
Spanish Doñana Field Course. (This may be taken in the place of any of the core modules above except Evolutionary Biology and Zoology) Field Biology Environmental Plant Biology
  Introduction to Eco-Innovation Field Course in Kenya - Tropical Biology and Conservation
  Research Design and Delivery Field Course in the Scottish Highlands
    Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
    Host-Parasite Interactions
    Sustainable Agriculture

 

Environmental Science

This pathway will teach you the natural and anthropogenic processes affecting the Earth. You will study how rivers, lakes, oceans, the atmosphere, as well as Earth’s internal processes work. You will learn about these processes against the backdrop of environmental change.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandatory modules Optional modules
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate Data Collection and Analysis Climate and Society
Biogeochemical Cycles Optional modules Dissertation
Earth's Interior Aquatic Biogeochemistry Dissertation with Work Placement
Geology Atmospheric Science Field Course in Devon - Hydrological Processes
Hydrology: Water in the Environment Catchment Hydrology Geological Hazards
Optional modules Data Collection and Analysis Global Change and the Earth System
Depending on which A-Levels you have taken, you may be required to replace one of the above modules with one of the following: Energy, Economy and the Environment Hydrogeology
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Environmental Data Visualisation and Analysis Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
Numerical Skills I Experimental Design and Analysis The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
  Field Course in the Lake District - Environmental The Dynamic Earth
  Geoscience in Practice Water Resources Management
  Research, Design and Delivery  
  Soil Science  

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The 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. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.