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Environmental Chemistry (Study Abroad)

MChem Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:F143
Minimum Length:4 Year(s)
Credit Points:480
Part II Weight:12
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:4
Director of Studies:Dr MP Coogan

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • 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
  • To develop key transferable skills to prepare students for general graduate employment
  • To develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training
  • To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning
  • To offer a broad range of modules within which students can select a specialised route
  • To offer all students the opportunity to conduct two substantial research projects
  • To offer selected students the opportunity to spend one year at an approved university overseas, so that they may acquire the ability to study in, and learn about, a different society, culture and higher education system

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Knowledge and Understanding

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 will be 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. 

Intellectual Skills

Students will learn 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 two substantial investigations 

Practical Skills

Students will learn to:

  • 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 

Transferable Skills

Students will learn to:

  • 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

Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modules

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 On entry to our programme, students can register for either the 3 year (BSc) or 4 year (MChem) degree in Environmental Chemistry/International.  The final choice of degree will normally be taken at the end of Part 1, although change is still possible at the end of Year 2. Part 1 (Year 1) is qualificatory, and marks from Part 2 (Years 2, 3 and 4). Year 2 is spent at a foreign university. The intellectual content of modules becomes increasingly more demanding from Years 1 to 4.  As they progress through the degree, students are expected to demonstrate increased intellect, independence and scientific rigour in all assessed work.
Year 1

Students take 15 modules in Year 1.

Compulsory modules

ENV 101     Earth's Internal Processes

ENV 102     Geological Processes

ENV 103     Biogeochemical Processes

ENV 104     Hydrological Processes

ENV 105     Atmosphere, Weather & Climate I

CHEM 101   Atoms and Molecules                       

CHEM 102   Introduction to Organic Chemistry                 

CHEM 103   Physical Chemistry                            

CHEM 104   Organic Chemistry

CHEM 106   Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM111 Skills for Natural Scientists

CHEM112 Physical Foundations of Chemistry

CHEM113 Introduction to Spectroscopy

CHEM114 Analytical Chemistry

CHEM115 Inorganic Chemistry II

Work/Study Placement



Students graduate with a BSc or MChem degree, Honours or Pass, in Environmental Chemistry (International). Degrees are classified according to the university's standard regulations for 16 or 24 unit degree schemes.


Lancaster University
LancasterLA1 4YW United Kingdom
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