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BSc Hons Environmental Change and Sustainable Development

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: F755 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Geography Director of Studies: Professor PA Barker
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 4 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 6 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This programme allows students to undertake an extensive course of study, gain a wide range of skills and have the opportunity to cover many innovative and exciting modules. There are a large number of options to this programme which include: working in schools; working with academics and staff from companies based in the Environment Centre; or getting out and about with our field courses. In the third year, students complete an in-depth dissertation with support from research-active academic staff.  The distinctive element of this programme is its focus on natural and social sciences of environmental change and sustainable development.

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured training which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more 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 choice of modules which will give students experience across a wide spectrum of natural and social sciences related to environmental change and sustainable development.
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    Graduates with Honours will be able to: 

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of key natural environmental sciences. Depending on module options, these may include an understanding of: Past environments and their reconstruction, Freshwater and marine environments and processes, Glacial environments and processes, Geological and volcanological processes, Biogeochemistry and soil science, Atmospheric and climate science, Biogeographical and ecological processes, Agricultural crop science, Environmental remote sensing.
    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of significant elements of social environmental sciences which, depending on module options, may include: Development and sustainability; Political geography, inequality and justice; Cultural geography, globalisation and urbanisation; Society, environment and climate; Geographies of nature; Geographies of food and consumption; Environmental management.
    • Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Create, analyse and interpret textual, cartographic and numerical data.
    • Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies related to environmental science and sustainable development.
    • Design and prepare project proposals and analyse, problem-solve and make decisions;
    • Construct a reasoned argument and use intellectual integrity.
    • Plan, execute and report on geographical research in field, laboratory and desk-based settings, using the technical skills needed for this, including use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and a range of other quantitative and qualitative techniques and tools appropriate to their choice of modules and research projects;
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work.
    • Identify ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher;
    • Work independently and as part of a team.
    • Use relevant information and communication technology and demonstrate effective asynchronous (e.g. written) and synchronous (e.g. oral) communication skills;
    • Demonstrate an ability to learn new, diverse and complex material.
    • Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life.


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