Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) MSci Hons - 2020 Entry
Discover geological mapping, atmospheric processes and volcanology and broaden your horizons with an exciting international placement.
This flexible programme draws from a wide range of scientific disciplines to build a degree that matches your interests and career aspirations. You will spend a year studying at a world-class university in North America, Australasia or Europe where you will engage with native landscapes and culture.
Covering both natural and man-made environments, core modules will explore the main factors and processes that control today’s environment; how the environment has evolved to its current state; and how environmental conditions may change in the future.
In addition, the degree draws upon the expertise of a number of our staff who specialise in Earth science such as volcanologists, geophysicists and hydrogeologists, who will deliver an exciting range of specialist topics to choose from. You will also gain access to our state-of-the-art laboratories, which offer excellent facilities for practical work.
Your first year will address many of the fundamental themes of the Earth and environmental sciences, from understanding geology to learning about the atmosphere, weather and climate.
Second year modules, taken abroad, will build on themes introduced in Year 1, whilst offering you a range of specialist Earth science modules to choose from. Many of our students benefit from studying at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, which offers a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in volcanic or glacial processes.
The third year dissertation gives you an opportunity to work on a subject that really interests you. Many students choose projects with a substantial fieldwork component, benefitting from our strong links with external organisations in the UK and abroad. Alternatively, you can conduct your research in our own state-of-the-art laboratories, or gain access to resources from other departments to enable computer-based modelling, for example. Your Earth science modules will continue to run alongside your environmental science studies.
This programme includes a fourth year of study which enables you to undertake an extended research project. You will also be given an opportunity to choose from a range of Masters level modules, such as Physical Volcanology and Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy.
In addition to your subject knowledge, you will gain communication and information technology skills and will become familiar with data handling and environmental sampling and analysis. Throughout your degree, considerable weight is placed upon these transferable skills by potential employers.
MSci Hons Earth and Environmental Science
As an alternative to our Study Abroad degree, you may wish to consider the MSci Hons Earth and Environmental Science variant. You will spend your second year at Lancaster instead of at one of our partnering universities.
The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the module. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.
We offer support in a variety of ways to ensure that you achieve your full academic potential. You’ll be assigned a student mentor to help you settle in, and you can receive help with any aspect of your degree from your academic tutor, Director of Studies, teaching coordinators and student learning advisor. We strive to inspire and encourage our future Earth and environmental scientists.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level grade B in one science from the following; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Please note, for students who do not have A-level Chemistry or an equivalent qualification, we require you to take our Introduction to Environmental Chemistry module in the first year. For students who do not have a minimum of AS-level Mathematics or an equivalent qualification, we require you to take our Numerical Skills I and Numerical Skills II modules in the first year. These chemistry and mathematics modules are not replacements for A-levels, but are skills modules taught on a need-to-know basis to support you in the rest of your degree. Further details regarding these modules can be found under ‘Course Structure’.
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including one science subject at HL grade 6
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include sufficient science. We require Distinctions in majority of relevant science units. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Climate and Society
- Coastal Processes
- Coral Reef Ecology
- Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Processing
- Geological Hazards
- Glacial Systems
- Glacier- landscape interactions
- Global Change and the Earth System
- Global Change Biology: Challenges and Solutions
- Hydrological Processes Field Course (Slapton)
- The Causes and Consequences of Environmental Radioactivity
- Volcanic Processes Field Course
- Water Resources Management
- Water, Society and the Istrian Landscape
- Behaviour of Pollutants in the Environment
- Catchment Protection (field course)
- Chemical Risk Assessment
- Conservation Biology
- Contaminated Land and Remediation
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Data Analysis and Programming Skills
- Data assimilation and integration
- Environmental Aspects of Renewable Energy
- Environmental Auditing
- Environmental Governance and Management
- Environmental Toxicology
- Flood Forecasting and Flood Risk Management
- Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change
- Geological Hazards
- Global Change and the Earth System
- Groundwater Resources and Protection
- Habitat Management
- Lake Ecology
- Modelling Environmental Processes
- Pollution Microbiology
- Sustainable Soil Management
- Volcanic Process Field Course
- Wildlife Population Ecology
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Our programmes maintain an excellent record for graduate prospects spanning a wide range of roles including Environmental Consultant, Weather Forecaster at the Met Office, and Specialist Environmental Advisor. Alternatively, many of our graduates continue their studies to postgraduate level. Our goal is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career. You will be offered a wide range of support, helping you realise your career ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.
We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities that enable you to explore your interests and enhance your CV. Our weekly careers bulletin and careers blogs are written by student volunteers, and inform you of all careers events. The Students’ Union-run Green Lancaster programme offers placements with external organisations, allowing students to gain volunteering experience at weekends by working in the local community, taking part in a wide range of activities and developing their practical skills.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students will be required to pay for travel to field sites and will have to purchase wet weather clothing, boots and waterproof notebooks for fieldtrips for which the estimated cost is approximately £110. The course offers optional field trips and students will have to pay for any travel and accommodation costs. If students undertake placements then they may incur additional travel costs. Students on certain modules may wish to purchase a hand lens and compass clinometer but these may be borrowed from the Department.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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Optional Field Courses
When you study at Lancaster, you will have the opportunity to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the field.
Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna
Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland
Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia
Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia
Kiri Huddleston says
"I chose Lancaster because the course sounded the best. Initially, I was really interested in volcanoes and earthquakes but also wanted to learn more about how the world works in general, so the course fitted really well. As much as I enjoyed the learning, I really loved hanging out with friends. I have so many funny memories of things we did like nights out, trips to Windermere, playing in a band etc. There were many days of stressing over deadlines and exams, but these are the things I remember looking back. I really felt part of the Lancaster community."
Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. Lectures usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists, suggesting suitable books and journals which will be available either digitally or in print from our library.
Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking out, listening to others and learning to increasingly present yourself with confidence. You'll become experienced in being part of a team and explore the topics under study together.
Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key biological principles underpinning your study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career.
The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.
Careers and Personal Development
Our degrees offer excellent employment prospects, with 97% of students going onto employment of further study within 6 months of graduating from Lancaster. We offer a wide range of support, helping you realise your careers ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.
Lancaster University believes in our students. This why we invest in the best facilities for you.
Hazelrigg Weather Station
Environmental Chemistry Laboratories
International Field Sites
Environmental and Earth Sciences
- Earth and Environmental Science BSc Hons: FF68
- Earth and Environmental Science MSci Hons: 4R71
- Earth and Environmental Science (Placement Year) BSc Hons: FF78
- Earth and Environmental Science (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: FF6V
- Environmental Science BSc Hons: F750
- Environmental Science MSci Hons: F850
- Environmental Science (Placement Year) BSc Hons: F752
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: F754
- Environmental Science (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: F851
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