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LEC provides a strong research-based environment for the provision of training and education programmes at postgraduate level

The future's in your hands

At the heart of The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is a fundamental commitment to ensure that our research and teaching is driven to deliver academic excellence and real world impact.

LEC provides a strong research-based environment for the provision of training and education programmes at postgraduate level. The Research Themes and Centres provide a vibrant environment for research students, who contribute directly to the research achievements and provide a distinctive flavour to our extensive postgraduate programme. Students on the taught Masters degrees undertake a substantial research project with staff working within LEC or with external organisations.

Why a Masters?

With the now large numbers of graduates with first degrees, it is important to stand out from the crowd: a Masters degree provides the extra experience and skills that people need to progress their chosen career quicker and further. At Lancaster University we see students from two main sources; recent graduates who need to extend their knowledge, and mature or career changing students who want to switch into ecological or environmental careers. The key to dealing with such variety is to offer a broad range of modules to fulfil the students' needs.

MSc graduates have gone into a wide range of careers for example work with conservation organisations both in the UK and overseas, environmental consultancy, education, and further research through PhD study. Our experience shows that MSc graduates obtain jobs faster than students with only a first degree and advance further in their chosen career.

"Lancaster University is a fantastic university set in a wonderful surrounding landscape. The Ecology and Conservation schemes they offer include a wide range of modules, many of which are practical and provide you with brilliant experience for your future career. 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

"The mix of theory and practical aspects in the habitat management, conservation biology, population ecology and using the national vegetation classification modules, 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

Taught Courses

A diverse range of Masters are offered including:

MRes Environment and Development (overseas placement) If you are concerned by the many environmental and human crises we currently face, and hope to join expanding efforts to seek solutions to these challenges, then this masters could be for you. What were once separate concerns about environmental quality and human well-being are now seen as linked. One cannot imagine safeguarding the planet's ecosystems without dealing with the many who live under the shadow of war and extreme poverty.

MSc Conservation Science Aims to provide students with an understanding of the challenges facing people working in conservation today, including the major international problems of loss of biodiversity, encompassing the effects of rapid climate change, habitat destruction and invasive species. This vocational degree is aimed at students who intend to follow a career in conservation, and offers you the chance to gain a firm foundation in the supporting theory behind wildlife conservation.

MSc Resource and Environmental Management The management of land, air, water and other resources is a major challenge for the 21st century. This very popular MSc provides students with a critical understanding of how natural resources and the wider environment can be sustainably managed by applying tools and techniques for appraisal, monitoring, protection and restoration.


The Lancaster Environment Centre offers a number of Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) studentships for the MRes Science of the Environment and MSc in Environmental Informatics. An additional number of other bursaries are available across our taught courses.

PhD Studentships covering fees and stipend are available throughout the year.

Research Programmes

Masters by Research and PhDs can be undertaken in any area covered by the research themes in LEC. We are particularly interested to build on our interdisciplinary approach, and in areas which aim to provide solutions to environmental problems. Research themes include Biodiversity and Global Change, which welcomed 9 new PhD students in October 2009, exploring topics such as the bacterial disease ecology of woodland birds; dung beetles and forest edges in Amazonia; ecosystem service provision in mountain grasslands; carbon sequestration and ecosystem restoration.


We hold Open Days throughout the year where you have the chance to discuss your options further with academics and support staff. We look forward to meeting you.





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