Research course


Lancaster University · Lancaster Environment Centre
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject. Industry-based experience will be considered, with demonstration of appropriate skills.

Months of entry


Course content

These programmes are suitable for those wishing to carry out a short, in depth research project, and not attend taught programmes. The MSc by Research programmes consist of induction courses, an eight-month research project and a period to write it up. These degrees are carefully tailored to your interests, and can be particularly suitable for people undertaking research in a work-based context wishing to gain an academic qualification.

Department specialisms

Research is organised into seven interdisciplinary themes with many specialist research groups. Atmospheric Sciences Our research in atmospheric composition, including remote sensing and modelling of atmospheric processes from local to global scale, is conducted in an Earth system or “sustainable atmosphere” framework. Earth Sciences Our specific aims are to mitigate natural hazards through understanding the fundamental physical and chemical processes involved. We develop quantitative methods for characterising and monitoring geological environments and for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Ecology and Conservation Our research uses molecular, behavioural and ecological techniques to understand how ecosystems function, how they respond to global change, and how they can be managed to enhance biodiversity and its associated services. Environmental Chemistry Our research aims to improve the fundamental understanding of how chemicals behave in the environment. We work closely with policy makers to help them assess the risks and benefits of environmental chemicals, and with industry, helping to develop chemicals that do not cause harm to the environment or humans. Plant and Crop Science We combine cutting-edge research in plant science, from the molecular to the crop scale, with other disciplines in both the natural and social sciences. By working closely with end-users, our research has a clear, practical focus on sustainable agriculture and so can help address the ecological, economic and social challenges facing crop production in a rapidly changing global environment. Society and Environment We focus on the critical investigation of global socio-environmental challenges, engaging in cutting-edge research and excellent teaching in human and environmental geography. Combining empirical and theoretical approaches, we drive research on socioenvironmental topics. Water and Soil Sciences Our water research takes the latest discoveries in water science and works with the world-wide water industry, policy makers and others to deliver innovative solutions for a sustainable supply of clean water for everyone.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4121 per year
International students
£17,510 per year

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 510257