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BSc Hons Environmental Science and Technology

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: F751 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Earth Science, Environmental Sciences an 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:
  • The student must take 5 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 4 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Environmental Science and Technology is an integrated study of the challenges facing environments, both natural and man-made, together with technological problems and solutions. Our degree enables students to combine the disciplines of geography, geology, chemistry, physics and engineering, with an emphasis on quantification, in order to investigate subjects including climate change, sustainability, pollution and natural hazards. We offer theory-based lectures alongside practical work, both in the laboratory and in the field. In the first year, students study subjects such as global environmental challenges, hydrology, chemistry and engineering,  then progress to second year subjects including ecoinnovation, environmental field skills and energy, economy and environment. In the final year students complete a dissertation with work placement/internship, as well as studying options such as water resource management or geological hazards. 

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a flexible but structured, progressive and thematic training in Environmental Science and Technology 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 all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project in collaboration with an employer.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in Environmental Science and Technology. Depending on module options, this will include an understanding of: hydrology, Earth sciences and geology, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric science, environmental management, ecology and environmental modelling;
    • Synthesise information from a variety of sources;
    • Critically evaluate and assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and strategies;
    • Interpret qualitative and quantitative data;
    • Apply a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and form a reasoned argument;
    • Manage time effectively and have well developed skills of organisation, planning and management;
    • Design and prepare project proposals and analyse, problem-solve and make decisions;
    • Plan, execute and report on environmental research in field, laboratory and desk-based settings, using the technical skills needed for this, including use of quantitative and analytical techniques and tools appropriate to the choice of modules and research projects;
    • Use appropriate field and laboratory equipment effectively and carry out experimental work in the field;
    • Undertake risk assessments and list appropriate safety and ethical precautions associated with practical or project work;
    • Collect and present field, laboratory and literature data;
    • Work independently and as part of a team, appreciating collective goals and applying negotiation skills;
    • Manipulate numbers and use relevant computer technology;
    • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
    • Take responsibility for, and reflect on, one's learning at university and beyond.

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