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Environmental Science MSci Hons

What will you study?

Our Environmental Science degree is the longest running programme of its kind in the UK and is one of our most popular degrees. A degree in Environmental Sciences uniquely equips you to help address global challenges, such as adapting to climate change, mitigating water and soil pollution, securing food production and managing hazards including flooding or volcanic eruptions. This is achieved by applying understanding and practical experience from across the geological, geographical, physical, chemical, biological and social sciences.

Our Environmental Science degree is interdisciplinary and covers both natural and man-made environments with the aims of understanding:how the Earth has evolved to its current statethe main factors and processes controlling today’s environmenthow environmental conditions may change in the future

You start your Environmental Science degree studying subjects such as hydrology, geology and atmospheric science, combined with the nature of environmental challenges on a global scale. Your second year offers a wide range of optional modules, for example covering Soil Science, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation or Enterprise for the Environment. In your third year, you complete a dissertation with employability skills or a work placement/internship, as well as studying optional modules such as Climate and Society or Water Resources Management. You will continue into your fourth year selecting from a broad range of masters-level modules spanning the atmospheric sciences, ecology and societal solutions, alongside undertaking a research dissertation of your choosing.

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 lab 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, 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 2015:

A level: AAB candidates will normally be expected to have at least one science at A-level

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


Scottish Highers: ABBBB

International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 HL subjects

Mature students:Enquiries welcome; students on Access to Science courses are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information


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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