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Earth and Environmental Science MSci Hons

What will you study?

Combining the fundamental sciences with physical geography and geology, our Earth and Environmental Science degree gives you an unprecedented breadth of learning. You’ll examine the geological processes that underpin our planet before linking these to human impacts on the land, atmosphere and oceans.

In your first year, your studies will include Geological Processes, Earth’s Internal Processes and Natural Hazards, alongside a broader range of options across the environmental sciences including Global Environmental Challenges and Atmosphere, Weather and Climate.

In your second year, you will focus on core skills through modules such as Geological Methods, Earth Science Field Skills and Geologic Mapping that include significant elements of geological field courses.

In the third year of your course, you will complete your dissertation with Employability Skills or a work placement and choose from diverse options such as Introduction to Geophysical Techniques, Environmental Radioactivity and a Volcanic Processes field-course run on Mount Etna in Sicily.

During the fourth year of your course you will complete an extended dissertation project and a Physical Volcanology module in their final year. You will also choose options from a wide range of masters-level options that include Geoinformatics, Modelling Environmental Processes and Environmental Radioactivity. You will complete your degree with detailed masters-level knowledge of earth science and the interface with the surface environment, giving an advantage over those taking shorter programmes.

Where could it take you?

Wherever an industry affects the environment, our graduates are valued. In the public sector, opportunities exist from research and regulatory bodies like the Environment Agency, through to the armed forces. Meanwhile, private sector industries, including civil engineering, environmental consultancy, mining and construction, demand the skills of Lancaster’s high-calibre graduates.

The breadth of this degree, plus transferable skills in quantitative analysis, ensures that Lancaster’s Earth and Environmental Scientists have a wide variety of career options. 97% of our 2012 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating.

Many graduates take their learning to MSc or PhD level to enhance their specialist knowledge and skills. Recent graduates, for example, have chosen to study Exploration Geophysics.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with 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.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2016:

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA - AAB including one science subject at grade B

International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in one Higher Level science subject

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject including sufficient science content at Distinction. 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

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

Essential Subjects

A range of Advanced/Higher Level subjects, including two sciences from Biology, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology is required for entry

GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

Further Information

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 ugadmissons@lancaster.ac.uk

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. 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.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per 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 qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

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.

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