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Science of the Environment

21 July - 11 August

You will explore the 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 & 2

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

+ The Earth (earth sciences; hydrologicaland ice processes; volcanoes; atmospheric sciences and climate)

+ Biological processes (ecology;conservation)

+ Human impacts (pollution control)


You’ll go on field excursions andsupport 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 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 approachto the study of environmental problems.


Please note that this programme is subject to a minimum enrolment of 15 students - if this number is not met, the University reserves the right to cancel the course.

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 / 8 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

This 3 week programme costs £3,102. This fee covers 

  • tuition
  • single ensuite accommodation (accommodation varies on trips)
  • 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 in to additional trips or eat out.

Find the cost breakdown here.

Lancaster University Global Summer Schools

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


T: +44 (0)1524 595052