Taught course

Environment, Culture and Society

Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a degree aimed at those who want to engage critically, practically and creatively with global and local environmental problems through different disciplinary lenses. The course brings together theories, methods and insights from the social and environmental sciences and applies these to contemporary environmental issues, debates and controversies.

Students are encouraged to take a range of social and natural science modules offered by the Department of Sociology, the Law School and Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) and will acquire the skills to navigate, interpret and combine these different ways of knowing the environment. There is a strong emphasis on participatory and engaged research, making insights count in engagement with communities and policymakers.


Compulsory modules:

· Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture

· Methods in Science and Technology Studies

· Independent Research Dissertation

Optional modules:

Choose four; options may vary from year to year

· Capitalism and Crisis

· Climate Change and Society

· Ecology, Conservation and Culture

· Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change

· Geological hazards

· International Environmental Law

· Mobilities, Society and Change

· Perspectives on Environment and Development

· The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates

· The Rights of Peoples, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
£7540 per year
International students
£16,120 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148