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Environment and Sustainability

08 - 26 July 2024

You will embark on a journey into our natural environment and explore a broad range of topics. Through a mixture of interactive lectures, practical laboratory sessions and field excursions, this course is perfectly designed to build your knowledge of our natural environment and the human impacts on it – with a focus on innovations in sustainability.

Tab Content: Programme Overview

Week 1 and 2

You will be introduced to the culture, lifestyle and the environment of the UK and explore:

  • Natural environments
  • Ecology
  • Hydrology/flooding/water treatment
  • Sustainability and circular economy
  • Soil/water/food security
  • Environmental pollution
  • GIS and Environmental Data Science

Week 3

There will be a two-night trip to London to explore the capital.

You will also be preparing assessment materials and working on a team project under the theme of ‘Understanding, Respecting and Managing the Environment’, where you will develop a scientific approach to the study of environmental problems.

Intercultural and social experience

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors who will help you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

Tab Content: Entry Requirements

As well as meeting the Global Summer Schools admissions requirements, you will need to have studied a relevant subject at university to participate in Environment and Sustainability. This could include courses in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology

If you are not sure whether you have relevant experience, please contact us.

Tab Content: Credits & Assessment

Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through three methods:

  • 30%: Group project
  • 10%: Group presentation on your environmental project
  • 60%: Individual reflective essay (2,000 words plus figures, tables, references and appendices) submitted post programme.

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What our students think

'I learned various fields related to the environment through the summer school, my way of thinking for my research was changed.'

'The summer school developed my communication skills and my courage.'

'I learned that it is important to think of environmental problems from various viewpoints.'

Lancaster University Global Summer Schools

Global Experiences, Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT