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 four-year study abroad 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 your studies with courses including environmental processes, systems and issues, geological, biogeochemical and hydrological processes and an Introduction to Environmental Chemistry.
You will spend your second year at a university in North America, Australasia or Iceland and will study a range of subjects and develop a strong set of skills as well as undertaking environmental and geological field courses.
You will then go on in your third year to complete your dissertation with Employability Skills or a work placement and choose from diverse 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 Hons
- Ecology and Conservation : BSc Hons
- Ecology and Conservation (Study Abroad) : BSc 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
- Environmental Science : MSci Hons
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) : MSci 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 complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied. For a full list contact the Lancaster Environment Centre department.
- Global Environmental Challenges
- Environmental Processes and Systems
- Earth's Internal Processes
- Geological Processes
- Biogeochemical Processes
- Hydrological Processes
- Atmosphere, Weather & Climate I
- Natural Hazards
- Study Abroad Year
- Dissertation with Work Placement
- The Dynamic Earth
- Introduction to Geophysical Techniques
- Environmental Applications of Isotope Geochemistry
- Physical Volcanology
- Dissertation (60 credit)
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 modules of study 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.
For further information about the department, staff and courses please visit the Lancaster Environment Centre department website.
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 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.