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Environmental Chemistry (Study Abroad) BSc Hons

What will you study?

Delivered jointly by our recently established Department of Chemistry and our award-winning Lancaster Environment Centre you will receive the highest-rated teaching in the field.

Our Environmental Chemistry degrees are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and cover the full spectrum of Environmental Chemistry. It takes you from an understanding of naturally occurring chemicals through to the investigation of the impacts of human activity and the effects of pollutants, including radioactivity, on natural and man-made environments.

You begin your degree studying subjects including Environmental Processes and Systems and Biogeochemical Processes. In your second year, you will follow modules such as Soil Science and an Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry. Students on our Study Abroad variants spend their third year at one of Lancaster’s renowned partner universities in North America. In the final year of your chosen degree, you study a range of compulsory and optional subjects, such as Organic Photochemistry, and complete work on your dissertation or research project.

Where could it take you?

Typically, half our Environmental Chemistry graduates go into environmental careers with employers ranging from small consultancies through to local and national government and large utility companies. About a quarter of graduates go on to jobs in other sectors and use their transferable communication, numerical and computer skills. From construction to consultancy, pharmaceuticals to product development, graduates with the skills gained from this degree are in demand. Chemistry lends itself well to teaching and research and many graduates continue their studies with us, developing new ways of protecting the environment.

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 Chemistry (grade B). We normally expect three A-levels.

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

Preference: Students with 6 units of assessment in Chemistry, but, exceptionally, will accept high quality students with only 3 units of assessment in Chemistry

Key skills: Not included in offer

GCSE: Maths (B) and English Language (C)

Scottish Highers: ABBBB including Chemistry

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: Overall grades DDD


Mature students: Enquiries welcome from applicants with a good background in Chemistry. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

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 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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