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Environmental Change and Sustainable Development BSc Hons

What will you study?

This specialist degree looks into how the human and physical elements affect the environment, from geological to climatic. You will also be involved in monitoring change, including the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).

Your degree places leading research in real-world situations and involves a substantial amount of fieldwork. This includes an optional week-long course in Spain in your second year and optional courses in Spain, Brazil and the Mediterranean during your third year.

Our Communicating Geography course is available as part of this degree, as well as modules including Holocene Environmental Change, Geographies of and Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia.

Where could it take you?

Geography is a highly scientific subject that builds in-depth knowledge along with transferable skills in data analysis and communication. Many of our graduates go on to careers in teaching, research and planning as well more diverse industries, from environmental conservation to energy management.

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: AAB including Geography or a cognate subject. We normally expect three A-levels.

General Studies: Not accepted

Preference: A-levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: English and Mathematics (grade C in each)

Scottish Highers: ABBBB inc. Geography

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: 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses.

BTEC: DDD

Mature students: Applications welcomed; you may be offered a place after interview even without the usual qualifications

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.