Based within the purpose-built Lancaster Environment Centre, you'll have access to the latest knowledge and teaching from world-class Earth scientists and Environmental scientists, including specialists in volcanology, geophysics, atmospheric science, hydrology and environmental modellers.
Combining fundamental physical sciences with geology and aspects of physical geography, our four-year MSci in 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.
You will begin your studies with courses including environmental processes, systems and issues, geological, biogeochemical and hydrological processes. In your second year, you will then go on to study a range of subjects and develop a strong set of laboratory skills as well as undertaking environmental and geological field courses. You will then go on in your third year to complete a research project or dissertation with employability skills and choose from specialist options such as Air Pollution and Climate, Volcanic Processes Field Course and Water Resource Management
Your fourth and final year will include an extended dissertation module and the module Physical Volcanology. You will also choose three optional modules from a list including Geoinformatics, Modelling Environmental Processes and Environmental Radioactivity. Students will complete their degrees with detailed master-level knowledge of earth science and the interface with the surface environment, giving an advantage over those taking shorter programmes.
- Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Biological Sciences : MSci Hons
- Geography (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science and Technology (Professional Experience) : MSci Hons
- Biological Sciences : BSc Hons
- Biological Sciences (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Biology : BSc Hons
- Environmental Biology (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Biology : MSci Hons
- Environmental Biology (Study Abroad) : MSci
- Ecology and Conservation : BSc Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Chemistry : BSc Hons
- Environmental Chemistry (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Chemistry : MChem Hons
- Environmental Chemistry (Study Abroad) : MChem Hons
- Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science and Technology : BSc Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Change and Sustainable Development : BSc Hons
- Geography : BSc Hons
- Geography / North America : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography : BSc Hons
- Physical Geography / Australasia : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Environmental Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Geography : BA Hons
- Geography / North America : BA Hons
- Human Geography : BA Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA 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 compliment their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Environmental Issues for the 21st Century
- Environmental Processes and Systems
- Interdisciplinary Skills
- Geological Processes
- Earth’s Internal Processes
- Biogeochemical Processes
- Hydrological Processes
- Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
- Natural Hazards
- Numerical Skills I
- Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
- Numerical Skills II
- ...plus a choice from across the department and wider university
- Environmental Field Course (Carrock Fell)
- Project Skills
- Geological Methods
- Soil Science
- Earth Science Field Skills
- Geologic Mapping
- Dissertation Project
- Catchment Hydrology
- Aquatic Biogeochemistry
- Investigating Mediterranean Environments Field course
- Atmosphere, Weather & Climate II
- Composition of the Earth’s Atmosphere
- Enterprise for the Environment
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Environmental Data Visualisation and Analysis
- Dynamic Earth
- Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
- Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
Examples of Options
- Hydrological Processes Fieldcourse
- Air Quality and Climate
- Hydrology: From Process to Models
- Environmental Radioactivity
- Water Resource Management
- Geological Hazards
- Climate and Society
- Volcanic Processes Field Course
- Metamorphism: Process and Product
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Glacial Systems
- Coastal Processes
- Physical Volcanology
- Dissertation Project
- ... plus a choice of masters-level modules
A level: AAB (to include one science)
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 HL subjects
Mature students: Applications welcome. Interviewed if offer considered.
Wherever an industry affects the environment, our graduates are valued and have an excellent record in gaining employment. 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 or further research options. Many graduates take their learning to PhD level to enhance their specialist knowledge and skills for example, recent graduates have chosen to study Exploration Geophysics.
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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , 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 a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. 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 2014, 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 2014 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
- As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a £1,000 Bursary, a £1,000 Fee Waiver and a £1,000 Accommodation Discount in the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.
Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page