Envoironmental Science at Lancaster University

Environmental Science Degrees

Environmental Science Courses

Our degrees will help you to understand how the environment has evolved to its current state and how it might change in the future.

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Rachael Cooper, BSc Environmental Science

A place for Rachael

Lancaster has a wide range of qualities beyond having amazing degree subjects; the sense of community and belonging is really strong. I have connections with people in my halls, my course, my college and societies - I feel as though I'm part of something special, which is definitely unique to Lancaster. When walking around the campus to my next lecture, everyone is so friendly, there's just a really positive vibe and a good sense of community.

Putting our learning into practice in the field gives me a well-rounded understanding, and fieldwork is great for this! I've been to Carrock Fell in the Lake District, where I explored a disused tungsten mine and observed its impacts on stream water quality. I have plenty of fond memories of that field trip, developing my skills and having a great time with my mates. Modules like this really enhance my learning, so instead of being given data to analyse and work on, I am able to gather my own data out in the field, analyse the results and report on my own research.

There are lots of modules which feedback to industry, one of which is on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), allowing me to map out a range of things such as planning applications, chemical data, and much more. Having skills like these set me apart, as I am equipped with specialist understanding.

Rachael Cooper, BSc Environmental Science

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Learning on location

We take full advantage of our natural surrounding to create amazing fieldwork experiences, in addition to the opportunities to travel with the world with optional residential and overseas field trips.

Your study

Our academics are leaders in their fields of research and deliver enthusiastic and engaging teaching through a range of methods.

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. They usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by the further independent study of reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists of suitable books and journals that are available either digitally or in print from our library.

Tutorials

Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of an academic tutor. During these in-depth study sessions, you will learn key skills and discuss concepts related to lecture materials.

Practical classes

Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key principles underpinning the topic of study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career. Practical classes could range from computer-modelling sessions, through fieldwork, to the opportunity to conduct experiments in our laboratories.

Assessment

The assessment process varies across modules but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to provide feedback to you throughout your degree.

Academic support

We are a friendly department and foster a highly supportive learning environment, making sure that you are fully supported to achieve your full academic potential. This includes access to our Student Learning Developers, who offer workshops and advice on improving your academic skills, and also assigning you an Academic Tutor with whom you will meet regularly throughout your degree to discuss your academic progress.

Related subject areas

We also offer courses in the related areas of Ecology and Conservation and Geography. Find out more about these degrees.