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Environmental Biology BSc Hons

What will you study?

Our Environmental Biology degree covers a huge range of subjects, from molecular biology through to ecosystem ecology. In your first year, the modules you will study include Life in a Changing Environment Biodiversity and Conservation and Environmental Processes. You will develop vital research skills in your second year in addition to taking modules such Environmental Physiology. You will also begin work for your dissertation, which you will then complete in your final year alongside the modules Global Change Biology and Sustainable Agriculture.

The course is extremely flexible and gives you the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of optional modules each year, thereby allowing you to focus on the topics that interest you the most. Lectures, practicals and workshops will be complemented by fieldwork, including residential field courses in the UK and overseas, and work experience opportunities.

Our Environmental Biology course is also available with a Study Abroad variant, where you spend your second year in a partner university in the USA, Canada or Australasia.

Where could it take you?

Many of our graduates find work with organisations such as Natural England, the Centre of Ecology & Hydrology and the Environment Agency. Increasingly, students are also entering professions with environmental consultancies specialising in ecology, environmental impact, management and conservation. Others take on diverse roles within a range of organisations including water supply companies with a focus on catchment management and biodiversity. Our graduates also enter postgraduate research in areas such as plant science, environmental toxicology and forest ecosystem management, or have used the skills they learned for roles in teaching and other professions.

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.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A-level: ABB.To include two science A-levels from Biol/Chem/Geog/Maths/Physics/Psychology

General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: Maths and English Language, grade C

Scottish Highers: BBBBB

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Bacc: 32 pts overall with 16 pts from the best three HL subjects

BTEC: DDM grades overall

Mature students: Applications welcome

IELTS: 6.0

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.