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Science of the Environment

18 July - 9 August 2020

You will explore mountains, lakes, countryside and coasts in our beautiful region of the UK, to better understand the natural environment and human impacts on it. Through interactive classroom and lab sessions, field excursions and special site visits you will explore the processes that shape the Earth, natural systems and human impacts.

Tab Content: Course Overview

Week 1 and 2

You’ll be introduced to the culture, lifestyle and landscapes of the UK and explore:

  • The Earth (earth sciences; hydrological and ice processes; volcanoes; atmospheric sciences and climate)
  • Biological processes (ecology;conservation)
  • Human impacts (pollution control)

You’ll go on field excursions and support lab sessions as well as attend introductory lectures and seminars. Science days will cover:

  • Introduction to Geology and Rocks
  • Fire and Ice: Volcanoes and Ice Sheets shaping the Earth
  • Catchments, water and soils
  • Where land meets the sea – our coastal zone
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • GIS, big data and other tools for environmental scientists
  • Ecology and Conservation in our local environment
  • Pollution – sources, effects and control
  • Feeding the world using crop science

Week 3

There will be a two night trip to London to explore the capital and you will also be preparing assessment materials and working on a team project under the theme of ‘Understanding, Respecting and Managing the Earth System’ 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 40 Lancaster Student Ambassadors helping 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 Science of the Environment. 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.

Tab Content: Fees

The 2020 fee of £3,195 covers

  • tuition
  • single ensuite accommodation (the 2 night stay in London will be in shared rooms)
  • most meals (meals are not provided when away from campus during scheduled overnight trips, e.g. London).
  • educational trips and transport

Please note there may be extra living costs, such as if you opt into additional trips or eat out.

Find the cost breakdown on the Global Summer Schools page.

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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


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