What our graduates say about us
"A wide variety of modules"
"Having completed my Undergraduate study at Cambridge University, I decided I wanted to become more specialised in the environmental sector. My Director of Studies at Cambridge prompted my initial interest in Lancaster as one of the leading Universities in the country for Environmental Science studies, highlighting the Lancaster Environment Centre/Centre for Ecology and Hydrology as a great asset."
"The MRes Science of the Environment allowed me to choose from a wide variety of modules that would allow development of my environmental knowledge whilst maintaining diversity. The work placement module was of specific interest to me as I believed it would allow me to develop highly sought after professional skills, including presentation and report writing skills."
"Having completed my Masters in September 2008, I have gone on to a career in the nuclear and environmental sector. With the prospect of UK New Nuclear Build, the job is extremely topical and diverse. Particular modules that helped me attain this job were the Contaminated Land and Remediation and Risk Assessment modules as much of the work I am involved in relates to the safety and environmental risks associated with nuclear waste arisings and its transport."
Natalie Couling MRes Science of the Environment
"Flexible and diverse course"
"When looking for a suitable Masters course, Lancaster University really stood out. I was aware that doing a Masters of Research would stand me in good stead to continue with a career in academia and the MRes in Science of the Environment seemed by far the most flexible and diverse course I could find. Additional funding from departmental bursaries and the lure of the Lake District helped me decide."
"My most enjoyable module was a week long field trip to Mt. Etna in Sicily. This was amazing opportunity to visit an active volcano and the expert knowledge of the lecturer on the trip meant that in a week I learned a vast amount. In my dissertation I was able to combine my passion for glaciology with the volcanology I had learned at Lancaster and investigate some of the influences of volcanism on ice."
"I am now doing a PhD in Sensitivity of Pliocene Ice Sheets to Orbital Cycles at the University of Leeds. The numerical skills and computer modelling I learned at Lancaster have proved invaluable and I know that without my Masters from Lancaster I would not have been able to secure my place."
Aisling Dolan MRes Science of the Environment
"I chose Lancaster to undertake the Masters of Research in Science of the Environment as prior to applying, a previous colleague had said that the Environmental Sciences Department of the University had a good reputation and I liked the idea of being close to the Lake District. The course was of particular interest to me because it provided the flexibility to undertake the modules of my choice, in addition to being NERC funded."
"The mix of theory and practical aspects in the habitat management, conservation biology, population ecology and using the national vegetation classification modules, in addition to my dissertation, which focussed on the population dynamics of the Antler moth, have provided me with invaluable experience. The masters has broadened my experience and enabled me to change my career path from aquatic ecology to terrestrial ecology. I would not have got my current job as an ecologist at Capita Symonds without the masters degree and the experience that I gained from it."
Laura Hartley MRes Science of the Environment
"Lancaster University is a fantastic university set in a wonderful surrounding landscape. The Ecology and Conservation MSc's they offer include a wide range of modules, many of with are practical and provide you with brilliant experience for your future career."
"During my time at Lancaster I carried out lots of work experience with the local Wildlife Trust and an Ecological Consultancy firm both of which the university gave me details of. This experience looks great on my CV and helped me get onto a PhD which I am now studying at Lancaster. I would recommend Lancaster University to anyone wanting to pursue a career in Ecology or Conservation."
Catherine Turner Msc Ecology and the Environment
"A wide variety of environment topics"
"The MRes Science of the Environment at Lancaster appealed to me as it offered a wide variety of environment topics from which I could choose my particular field of interest. The list of research projects was also extensive and appealing and allowed me to see the areas of research undertaken at Lancaster. The NERC funded masters places were also a good incentive and the money always helps when considering doing further study. Finally the good reputation of the environmental sciences department at Lancaster encouraged me to come due to the new facilities on offer in the LEC buildings and collaboration with CEH."
"The range of modules on offer was good which allowed me to study a variety of topics including water quality modelling, contaminated land and remediation as well as aerosols, clouds and climate. Most of the modules involved some form of practical, field trip or lab work, which is always very good to see how the science actually works in practise. Undertaking the module aerosols, clouds and climate allowed me to gain an understanding in an area I had not come across before and also aided in deciding which research project to choose."
"I have gone on to undertake a PhD in atmospheric science. The module (aerosols, clouds and climate) as well as the research project I undertook both helped me in deciding that this was the right option for me to take as it gave me a taster of what a research PhD might involve as well as an introduction to the research field."
Steven Turnock MRes Science of the Environment