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BSc Hons Environmental Chemistry


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Chemistry
UCAS Code: F140 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Earth Science, Environmental Sciences an Director of Studies: Dr MP Coogan
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Delivered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Lancaster Environment Centre, the programme takes students from developing a comprehensive understanding of naturally occurring chemicals through to the investigation of the impact of human activity and the effects of pollutants - including radioactivity - on natural and man-made environments.

    The programme commences with subjects including Environmental Processes and Systems and Biogeochemical Processes. In the second year, students have the opportunity to study subject including Soil Science and an Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry. In the final year the programmes incorporates a range of compulsory and optional subjects, for example, Organic Photochemistry.  Students are also trained for and supported to undertake a major research project.

    In sum, the programme aims are to:


    provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Environmental Chemistry which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment
    develop key transferable skills to prepare students for general graduate employment
    develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training
    encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning
    offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route
    offer students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Depending on the choice of modules, students will acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of:
    Chemistry
    Environmental chemistry
    Earth sciences and geology
    Hydrology
    Atmospheric science
    Environmental management
    Ecology
    Environmental modelling

    Students are given guidance on an appropriate choice of modules.  The degree programme provides opportunities and support for all students to develop many intellectual, practical and transferable skills at various levels.

    Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    synthesise information from a variety of sources
    critically evaluate and assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and strategies
    interpret qualitative and quantitative data
    develop a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and a reasoned argument
    plan, conduct and report a substantial investigation
    use appropriate field and laboratory equipment effectively
    carry out experimental work in the field
    undertake risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work
    collect and present field, laboratory and literature data
    work independently and as a team (recognising the views of others), on time limited tasks
    manipulate numbers and use relevant information technology
    demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
    design and prepare project proposals

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