New for October 2014 Lancaster’s MSci in Ecology and Conservation (Professional Experience) builds on our three-year BSc degrees by providing a fourth year of Masters-level study and employability skills. The degree is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on globally-important ecological challenges, ranging from maintaining biodiversity in the Amazon, to the intersection of ecology with energy and food security priorities.
The first three years of the MSci follow the same curriculum as our BSc degree where you will be able to select specialist topics to match your interests. Because of the breadth of modules available in LEC, you can also expand your knowledge by including environmental science and geography modules in your degree. You will examine ecosystems in which organisms are locked in complex interactions with each other and their environment. It’s a huge field and your degree can focus on areas including animal behaviour, tropical ecology, evolution and global change biology. You will gain an understanding of how ecological principles relate to sustainability and the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. Field courses to locations like Spain and the Amazon underpin this programme. We also offer specialist topics with visiting lecturers from leading environmental agencies and charities, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
You will begin your degree with an integrated first year, which combines subject-specific modules, such as Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity and Conservation, with broader modules introducing key environmental issues. In your second year, modules include Populations to Ecosystems and Principles of Biodiversity Conservation. In your second and third years you will study more specific modules such as Animal Behaviour and Conservation in Practice. We also offer an Enterprise and Environment course which will give you an insight into environmental businesses. You will undertake your own research project, during which you will benefit from the experience of our internationally-renowned academic staff. There are also opportunities to carry out your project with a commercial partner found by Lancaster’s in-house business unit , or you can study at a European university via the Ersamus scheme.
During your fourth year you will take four masters-level modules from the wide range on offer such as Crop Protection, Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Microbiology. You will also undertake a dissertation and a ten-week placement with a graduate employer. This placement will enable you to apply your ecological knowledge and gain critical employment skills during your final year of study.
- 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.
- Evolutionary Biology
- Variety of Life
- Aquatic Ecology
- Life in a Changing Environment
- Biodiversity & Conservation
- Environmental Processes
- Environmental Issues for the 21st Century
- Interdisciplinary Skills
- Spanish Field Course
- ... plus five further optional modules in any subject
- Populations to Ecosystems
- Principles of Biodiversity Conservation
- Sampling and Identification Field Course
- Data Collection & Analysis
- Research Design & Delivery
- Dissertation or Dissertation with Work Placement
Optional modules: 2 modules from
- Evolution and Behaviour
- Environmental Physiology
- Enterprise for the Environment
- Biogeography & Geomorphology
- Soil Science
- Ecosystem Services and Society
Core modules: at least 5 modules from
- Amazon Field Course
- Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
- Animal Behaviour
- Issues in Conservation Biology
- Conservation in Practice
- Global Change Biology
- Environmental Plant Biology
- Ecophysiology of Host-Pest Interactions
- Sustainable Agriculture
Optional modules: 2 modules from
- Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia
- Environmental Remote Sensing & Image Processing
- Holocene Environmental Change
- Climate and Society
- Recent Change in Aquatic Environments
- Water Resources Management
- 10-week Industrial Placement
- Extended Dissertation Project
Optional modules: four masters-level modules from
- Biological Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change
- Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
- Toxicological Mechanisms and Measurements
- Consequences of Toxicological Effects
- Wildlife Monitoring Techniques
- Pollution Microbiology
- Contaminated Land and Remediation
- Environmental Toxicology
- Data assimilation and integration
- Crop Protection
- Sustainable Soil Management
- Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
- International Summer School: Food Security and Environmental Issues in China
- Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy
- Lake Ecology
A level: AAB (to include two science A levels)
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.
Ecology has never been so important and can open up careers in the conservation sectors as well as in the environmental/ecological consultancy fields both nationally and internationally. The skills and experience that you will gain during your fourth-year placement will mean that you will stand out in the competitive job market. Our degree will also equip you with transferable skills that are as relevant to broad areas of industrial and public sector management as they are to research.
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