24 May 2016

Lancaster University is ranked 5th in the UK for its Geography, Environmental and Earth Sciences degrees, by the Guardian University Guide 2017

The Guardian league table, which placed Lancaster as the top university in the North West for these subjects, combines scores for the aspects of university life that matter most to students. These include overall satisfaction with their university experience, satisfaction with teaching, and career prospects.

This ranking comes soon after Geography and Environmental and Earth Sciences were ranked 10th in the UK by the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Lancaster University overall rose two places to 8th place in the Guardian University Guide, and consolidated its position at 9th place in the Complete University guide.

Internationally, the 2016 QS World University Rankings, which focusses mainly on research quality and the overall reputation of a university, ranked Lancaster’s Geography department in the world top 50, and its Environmental Sciences in the world top 100. 

QS evaluated 4,226 universities, identifying the world’s elite institutions in 42 subjects, taking into account how they are rated by other academics and employers, the staff-student ratio and the influence and impact of a university’s research.

“Lancaster is now firmly established as an elite institution for studying Geography and Environmental and Earth Sciences,” said Professor Philip Barker, Deputy Director of the Lancaster Environment Centre.

“This league table success is built on an especially strong performance in ‘graduate prospects’ where our work in getting jobs for our students is paying off.”

Dr Duncan Whyatt, Senior Lecturer at the Lancaster Environment Centre, said:  “Our interdisciplinary approach features world-leading research and forward-thinking programmes that take students beyond the lecture theatre into unbeatable local surroundings such as the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and exciting overseas locations including the Brazilian Amazon and Croatia,” said

Find out more about studying Geography and Environmental and Earth Sciences at Lancaster University