Environmental Science

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code F750
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


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    8th for Geography

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 12

    12th for Geography and Environmental Science

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • Top 100 for Environmental Sciences in the QS World Ranking league table

This flexible programme draws from a wide range of scientific disciplines to build a degree that matches your interests and career aspirations.

Within your degree you will learn about the individual components of the Earth system, including the atmosphere, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the role of living organisms within the biosphere, alongside how these individual components interact with each other. Your studies will focus on natural environments and also on how human society has modified the Earth system.

Throughout your degree you will be taught by internationally-renowned academics, and will have access to our state-of-the-art laboratories which offer excellent facilities for practical work.

In your first year, you will address many of the fundamental themes of environmental science, from understanding hydrology and flood risk to learning about weather and climate. In your second year you will build on themes introduced in Year 1, whilst also applying your knowledge in a residential fieldwork module at Carrock Fell in the Lake District World Heritage Site. This week-long module allows you to learn about the environment first-hand in an informal and practical setting.

Additionally, you also have the opportunity to participate in other exciting fieldwork opportunities throughout your degree, from learning about hydrological processes in Devon to the management of alpine environments in Switzerland.

From your second year onwards, you begin to specialise by choosing modules that interest you the most, perhaps selecting modules in the areas of energy, ecology or remote sensing. In addition, you will begin to prepare for your third year dissertation project, which gives you an opportunity to research a subject that really interests you. You may choose a project with a substantial fieldwork component or, alternatively, conduct your dissertation through laboratory research or computer modelling.

Throughout your degree, considerable weight is placed upon the transferable skills that are highly valued by potential employers. For example, in addition to your subject knowledge, you will also gain communication and information technology skills and will become familiar with data handling and environmental sampling and analysis.

Our community

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 a specific member of staff who will act as you Academic Tutor throughout your degree by offering study support through regular one-to-one meetings. You can also receive help with any aspect of your degree from your Director of Studies, teaching coordinators and student learning advisor. We strive to inspire and encourage our future Earth and environmental scientists.


The environmental sciences are pivotal in helping society take on the most pressing environmental challenges. This increasingly important area of study means that more and more global jobs are becoming available, and as a graduate of the environmental sciences, you can make a difference using your specialist knowledge of the local, regional, and global impact our actions have on the world. Environmentally-focused careers include Environmental Consultant, Weather Forecaster, Conservation Officer, Sustainability Consultant, Toxicologist, Wastewater Manager, Hydrologist and many, many more. You may wish to continue in academia or work in a non-environmental role where your skills in problem solving, critical thinking, data handling, project management and commercial awareness make you an in-demand graduate. Graduates from our courses are also well-paid, with the median starting salary of graduates from Lancaster Environment Centre being £24,500 (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022).

Here are just some of the roles that our BSc and MSci Environmental Science students have progressed into upon graduating:

  • Environmental Consultant – AECOM
  • Environmental Technologist – 4 Rail Services
  • Conservation Delivery Support Officer – Natural England
  • PhD Candidate – University of York
  • Technical Environmental Consultant – MSS Group
  • Marine Environmental Officer – Carnival Corporation
  • Environmental Specialist – Environment Arabia
  • Geo-Environmental Consultant – IDOM Consulting, Engineering and Architecture
  • Low Carbon Sector Advisor – GC Business Growth Hub
  • Climate and Environment Policy Advisor – Government Office for Science
  • Flood Resilience Advisor – Environment Agency
  • Carbon Modeller – Bezero Carbon

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the 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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

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. Students who do not have A-level Mathematics or an equivalent qualification will be required to take our Numerical Skills II module in the first year. Students who do not have at least Grade 7 in GCSE Maths will be required to take Numerical Skills I in addition to Numerical Skills II. 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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including one science subject at HL grade 6

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit to include sufficient science. We require Distinctions in majority of relevant science units. Not all science-based BTECs will include sufficient 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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.







Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

UK International
£9,250 £28,675

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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