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Environmental Science BSc Hons

What will you study?

Environmental Science is an integrated study of the challenges facing environments, both natural and man-made. Our degree enables you to combine the disciplines of Geography, Geology, Chemistry and Physics and investigate subjects including climate change, sustainability, pollution and geological hazards. We offer theory-based lectures alongside practical work, both in the laboratory and in the field.

You start your Environmental Science degree studying subjects such as Global Environmental Challenges, Hydrological and Geological Processes and move on to second year modules including the Composition of Earth's Atmosphere and Ecosystem Services and Society.

In your third year, you complete a Dissertation with Employability Skills or Work Placement/Internship, as well as studying options such as Climate and Society or Geological Hazards.

Where could it take you?

Our Environmental Science degree prepares you for careers within government and regulatory bodies as well as environmental consultancy within the private sector. Six months after graduating 95% of our 2012 graduates were in work or further study. Recent graduates have found employment as laboratory and water technicians while others have transferred their skills into data analysis roles. Many of our students continue to MSc or PhD level, with recent graduates specialising in areas such as hydrology, sustainable technology, toxicology and environmental health.

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 2016:

Grade Requirements

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

International Baccalaureate 36-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in one Higher Level science subject

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit 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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