What Will You Study

The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This flexible Masters degree prepares you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding the planet’s ecosystems in a fast developing world.

This programme is ideal if you want a career in the environmental field, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors. It can be taken as an MA or MSc depending on your dissertation topic.

You will be based within one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK and will be taught by world-leading researchers from our three internationally-renowned partner organisations: Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which has a government laboratory at Lancaster. Their expertise spans a wide range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences including the sustainable use of resources, food security, energy, water and soil science, political ecology and environmental pollution.

You will complete six taught modules and a dissertation research project, with individual supervision from a research active expert. We offer great flexibility with over 40 modules to choose from, spanning the natural and social sciences from sustainable soil management and conservation biology to environmental law and globalisation. This enables you to construct a degree that fits your interests and career ambitions and to put your learning in a wider cultural context.

You will gain a solid foundation in the key theoretical issues around environment and development. You will apply this learning to real-world problems and gain the practical problem solving skills valued by employers. Hands-on experience in the laboratory is complemented by field work opportunities in the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster and internationally. There are also opportunities to gain work experience through one of our many business and research partners.

Your dissertation forms a substantial part of your Masters degree and will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a rea- world challenge. Our many research projects and partners across the globe provide exciting fieldwork opportunities when you are choosing your dissertation subject.

Examples of previous dissertation topics are:

  • Quantifying Biological Control in Arable Crops
  • Amending DECC 2050 Pathways to Include Hydrogen for Energy Storage in Suitable Applications
  • Solar Parks to Double Crop Food and Energy from the Same Land?
  • The Role of Ecosystem Service Concepts in Reconnecting or Disconnecting People from Nature
  • Spatial Heterogeneity in the Size-Structure of the Zooplankton Community of a Eutrophic Lake
  • Waste Water Treatment in Vegetable Processing - New Technologies in Reducing Chemical Demands Used in Treating Portable Water
  • Spent Coffee Grounds as an Alternative Energy Feedstock for Biodiesel Production
  • Urban Poverty and Climate Change