What Will You Study
Based within the purpose-built Lancaster Environment Centre, you’ll have access to the latest knowledge and teaching from world-class experts, including volcanologists, geophysicists, atmospheric scientists, hydrologists and environmental modellers.
Combining the fundamental sciences with physical geography and geology, our Earth and Environmental Science degree gives you an unprecedented breadth of learning. You’ll examine the geological processes that underpin our planet before linking these to human impacts on the land, atmosphere and oceans.
In your first year, your studies will include environmental processes, systems and issues, geological, biogeochemical and hydrological processes and an Introduction to Environmental Chemistry.
In your second year, you will study a range of subjects and develop a strong set of skills as well as undertaking environmental and geological field courses.
In the final year of your BSc course, you will complete your dissertation with Employability Skills or a work placement and choose from diverse options such as Air Quality and Climate, Volcanic Processes Field Course and Water Resource Management.
- Biological Sciences : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences : MSci Hons
- Biological Sciences (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation : BSc Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Environmental Biology : BSc Hons
- Environmental Biology : MSci Hons
- Environmental Biology (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Biology (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Environmental Change and Sustainable Development : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science and Technology : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science and Technology (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : BA Hons
- Geography : BSc Hons
- Geography (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Geography / North America : BA Hons
- Geography / North America : BSc Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Human Geography : BA Hons
- Physical Geography : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography / Australasia : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Global Environmental Challenges
- Interdisciplinary Skills
- Environmental Processes and Systems
- Earth's Internal Processes
- Geological Processes
- Biogeochemical Processes
- Hydrological Processes
- Atmosphere, Weather & Climate I
- Natural Hazards
- Environmental Field Course
- Earth Science Field Skills
- Catchment Hydrology
- Aquatic Biogeochemistry
- Soil Science
- Atmosphere Weather and Climate II
- Enterprise for the Environment
- Investigating Mediterranean Environments
- Populations to Ecosystems
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Environmental Data Visualisation and Analysis
- Geologic Mapping
- Geological Methods: Understanding Earth Science Processes and Products
- Composition of the Earth's Atmosphere
- Earth's Natural Resources
- Geological Mapping
- Practical Geological Skills: Understanding Geological Processes and Products
- The Dynamic Earth
- Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
- Dissertation with Work Placement
- Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
- Geological Hazards
- Climate and Society
- Enterprise for the Environment
- Water Resources Management
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: ABB candidates will normally be expected to have at least one science at A-level. We normally expect three A-levels
General Studies: Only accepted if taken as one of four A levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
GCSE: Maths (B) and English Language (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 points total with 16 from 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
Wherever an industry affects the environment, our graduates are valued. In the public sector, opportunities exist from research and regulatory bodies like the Environment Agency, through to the armed forces. Meanwhile, private sector industries, including civil engineering, environmental consultancy, mining and construction, demand the skills of Lancaster’s high-calibre graduates.
The breadth of this degree, plus transferable skills in quantitative analysis, ensures that Lancaster’s Earth and Environmental Scientists have a wide variety of career options. 97% of our 2012 graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating.
Many graduates take their learning to MSc or PhD level to enhance their specialist knowledge and skills. Recent graduates, for example, have chosen to study Exploration Geophysics.
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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 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:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per 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 qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per 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
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.