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Learn to turn your concern about climate change into action with a specialist degree. This is a subject that’s never been more essential. The effects of climate change on human and natural systems are becoming more apparent and are expected to become severe if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

In 2015, 194 countries signed the historic Paris Agreement to tackle global warming, yet emissions are still rising. This course will teach you the skills you need to make a difference to this issue. You will learn how to contribute to our understanding of the process and problems associated with climate change

On graduation you will have huge employability potential in many areas including policy-making within organisations, local or national government, or further study. You will acquire a strong skillset that will prepare you for a wide range of opportunities should you wish to pursue a less directly related graduate career.

Overview

This course will give you a broad perspective on climate change – not only inspiring you to make a difference, but showing you how you can contribute to solving the problems of climate change.

You will come to understand both the natural science of the climate system and the social science of addressing and adapting to the impacts of climate change. You will learn about the links between society, environment and climate change, focusing on the physical, geographical, political, and social aspects of how and why the climate is changing. 

This subject involves a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, and you will see how different approaches to climate change complement one another. You will also get a thorough grounding in the natural sciences, reflecting our unique multi-disciplinary approach. 

During your BSc Climate Change at UEA you will explore the following questions among many others:

  • Is it possible to prevent dangerous climate change?
  • How will different regions around the world be impacted by climate change? 
  • What can be done to adapt to these changes?
  • What are the innovation challenges and technological solutions for climate change?
  • What is the physical basis for climate change in atmospheric and oceanic processes?
  • How can energy consumption in the western world be reduced?
  • What is the role of environmental policy?

You will also develop essential skills sought after by employers, including: the process and principles of scientific investigation, academic excellence, scientific writing, critical thinking, personal development, digital literacy, self-management, team working and leadership, communication, applied numeracy, citizenship and stewardship, ethical perspectives, IT skills, applied numeracy, and geographic information system (GIS) skills.

Course Structure

This three-year degree programme begins with a year of basic training in environmental science and scientific skills, followed by more specialised training on climate change in your final two years. As the course progresses you will have more and more freedom to focus on the areas of climate change that most inspire you.

Year 1

In your first year you’ll gain a strong multi-disciplinary grounding in both fundamental and applied environmental science, including basic geological, physical, and chemical processes, geographical perspectives, ecology, mathematics and statistics, and training in research and field skills.  You will learn about global environmental challenges including climate change, and concepts in sustainability development and biodiversity conservation. 

Year 2

In your second year you will focus more specifically on climate change issues. In the compulsory module Climate Change Science and Policy you will explore the basic physical science of climate change and its consequences for human and natural systems. You’ll learn how we can reduce the impact of climate change through mitigation and adaptation, and how climate policy has evolved, culminating in the Paris Agreement. You’ll also look at the bigger picture of general environmental policy making in the module Environmental Politics and Policy Making.

You’ll take your pick from optional modules which cover topics such as meteorology; atmospheric chemistry and global change; hydrology and hydrogeology; ocean circulation, shelf sea dynamics and coastal processes; aquatic ecology; aquatic biogeochemistry; soil processes and environmental issues.

Year 3

A central focus in your third year will be your individual research project where you will investigate a specialist area of climate change in professional depth with one-to-one support from your academic supervisor. 

You’ll also get to choose from a wide range of modules which cover topics such as the carbon cycle and climate change; paleoclimatology; biological oceanography and marine ecology; biodiversity conservation and human society; environmental consultancy; catchment water resources; fossil fuels, energy and people; and natural resources and environmental economics. You can also choose optional field courses in destinations such as Spain, Ireland or Greece. 

 

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

You will benefit from a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, fieldwork and lab work.

You will typically spend 15 hours per week taking part in lectures, seminar discussions and practical work in the field or in the lab. You will study three modules at a time, and most include one or two lectures per week, complemented by practical or seminar sessions that allow you to work with the lecture material to deepen your understanding. Seminars often involve group discussion or group exercises of some kind, which give you practice in teamwork, leadership and presentation skills. You’ll also be invited to weekly seminars arranged by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Independent study

Throughout the course you will undertake independent reading to broaden your understanding and find contexts that spark your own interests. In your research project in your third year you will work independently with one-to-one support from staff.

Assessment

You will be assessed through exams, written work, oral or poster presentations, lab and fieldwork reports, course tests, and quizzes.

We use formative assessment in each module to give you feedback on your skills and understanding before completing summative work. Most modules are assessed by more than one summative assessment, and about half of the modules use an exam as one of the methods of assessment.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

We also offer a BSc Climate Change with a Year in Industry to put you one step ahead of fellow graduates by spending a year in the workplace. It will not only give you first-hand knowledge of the way in which your chosen field operates, it will also greatly improve your chances of progressing within that sector as you gain valuable contacts and insight.

After the course

Employability is embedded in our modules, helping you develop your career and skills throughout your course. During your final year you will produce a CV and complete a mock job application. If you choose the Environmental Consultancy module, you’ll gain experience writing a business report.

We work closely with UEA’s Careers Service to help you meet employers (including alumni), explore career options, speak to mentors, and apply for internships, volunteering, and jobs.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include;

  • Scientific researcher
  • Environmental consultant
  • Meteorologist
  • Roles at Weatherquest
  • Roles at Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
  • Roles at National Oceanographic Centre at Liverpool

Course related costs

Residential field courses that are optional during the second and third years require a student contribution (currently £200-£450) towards the costs of accommodation, meals and transport.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

What are the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today? How do we understand these problems through cutting-edge environmental science research? What are the possibilities for building sustainable solutions to address them in policy and society? In this module you will tackle these questions by taking an interdisciplinary approach to consider challenges relating to climate change, biodiversity, water resources, natural hazards, and technological risks. In doing so you will gain an insight into environmental science research 'in action' and develop essential academic study skills needed to explore these issues.

ENV-4001A

20

RESEARCH AND FIELD SKILLS

You will develop a range of transferable skills, tools and resources that are widely used in research across the Environmental Sciences and Geography. It aims to provide a broad understanding of the research process through activities that involve formulating research questions, collecting data using appropriate sources and techniques, collating and evaluating information and presenting results. A week-long residential field course, held at Easter and based at Slapton Ley, Devon, applies field, lab and other skills to a variety of environmental science and geography topics. Depending on the size of the cohort, students on selected degree programmes may be offered the option of an alternative field course arrangement.

ENV-4004Y

20

SUSTAINABILITY, SOCIETY AND BIODIVERSITY

Striking a balance between societal development, economic growth and environmental conservation has proven challenging and contentious at many scales. The concept of `sustainability' was coined to denote processes aiming to achieve this balance. This module introduces sustainable development, and examines why sustainability is so difficult to achieve, bringing together social and ecological dimensions. It also explores sustainability from an ecological perspective, introducing a range of concepts relevant to the structure and functioning of the biosphere and topics ranging from landscape and population ecology, to behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, and biodiversity conservation from single ornisms to the entire biomes. This module is assessed by coursework and an examination.

ENV-4006B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules (based on Maths experience)

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

Mathematical and statistical skills are key to all brands of environmental sciences and geography. This module will strengthen your mathematical and statistical skills. It will consolidate your mathematics knowledge from GCSE level and will introduce you to differentiation and integration. You'll learn to recognise the purpose of simple statistical methods, to choose the appropriate methods to test hypotheses and to summarise data using tables and graphs. You'll use a computer package for statistical operations. You'll apply these quantitative skills to contemporary environmental and geographical problems, inspired by research in the School of Environmental Sciences. You'll be assessed through an online course test and an exam. This module will widen the range of science modules that you can take during your studies in geography and environmental sciences. Upon successful completion of the module, you'll have acquired skill in applying a range of mathematical and statistical methods to problems in environmental sciences and geography. Recommended if you have: A2 maths (D or E), AS Maths, A2 Physics (C or better), IB SL Maths (2, 3), IB SL Maths Studies, GCSE Maths (A, A*), CHE-0006.

ENV-4014Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

You will cover differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods as part of this module. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for those across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.

ENV-4015Y

20

QUANTITATIVE METHODS

You will explore how quantitative skills can be applied to solve a range of environmental problems. Designed primarily for students who have a GCSE in maths at grade B or C, but no AS/ A2 qualification (or equivalent), the module will include a review of some fundamental GCSE-level maths but will focus on the practical use of maths through physical equations and mathematical models. You will also learn about summarising data using both numerical summaries and graphs, testing hypotheses and carrying out these analyses on computers.

ENV-4013Y

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVES

This module provides an introduction and orientation regarding geographical thought, methods and concepts. It begins with an overview of the history and development of the discipline. This leads on to discussion of core concepts such as space, place, scale, systems, nature, landscape and risk. In addition, the methods and different types of evidence used by geographers are introduced. You will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of approaches to the generation of geographical knowledge and understanding and the capacity to communicate geographical ideas, principles, and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means.

ENV-4010Y

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. You will explore the energy, mechanics, and physical properties of Earth materials and their relevance to environmental science using examples from across the Earth's differing systems. The formation, subsequent evolution and current state of our planet are considered through its structure and behaviour - from the planetary interior to the dynamic surface and into the atmosphere. You will study Plate Tectonics to explain Earth's physiographic features - such as mountain belts and volcanoes - and how the processes of erosion and deposition modify them. The distribution of land masses is tied to global patterns of rock, ice and soil distribution and to atmospheric and ocean circulation. You will also explore geological time - the 4.6 billion year record of changing conditions on the planet - and how geological maps can be used to understand Earth history. This course provides you with an introduction to geological materials - rocks, minerals and sediments - and to geological resources and natural hazards.

ENV-4005A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

If selecting one of the following modules, students should note that they may be moved to the module most relevant to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERE and OCEANS I

The habitability of planet Earth depends on physical and chemical systems that control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module introduces you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret them. It leads naturally to second and third year study of these systems in more detail, but even if you choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences, a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The module is made up of two distinct components. One focuses on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) The other focuses on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). Interrelationships between these components are explored throughout. Teaching of this module is through a mix of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half-day field trip. This module provides a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry prior to joining UEA.

ENV-4007B

20

ATMOSPHERE and OCEANS II

The habitability of planet Earth depends on physical and chemical systems that control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module introduces you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret them. It leads naturally to second and third year study of these systems in more detail, but even if you choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences, a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The module is made up of two distinct components. One focuses on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) The other focuses on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). Interrelationships between these components are explored throughout. Teaching of this module is through a mix of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half-day field trip. This module is for students with previous experience of chemistry.

ENV-4008B

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

You will develop your skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. You will gain a grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. This module also offers you a historical perspective on how climate policy has developed, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.

ENV-5003A

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING

The most significant obstacles to problem solving are often political, not scientific or technological. This module examines the emergence and processes of environmental politics. It analyses these from different theoretical perspectives, particularly theories of power and public policy making. The module is focused on contemporary examples of politics and policy making at UK, EU and international levels. The module supports student-led learning by enabling you to select (and develop your own theoretical interpretations of) 'real world' examples of politics. Assessment will be via seminar presentations and a case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics.

ENV-5002B

20

INDEPENDENT PROJECT - PROPOSAL

With guidance from a supervisor, you will choose a topic, design the research and collect, analyse and interpret data. You will report on progress at various stages: in the selection of a topic, the detailed plan, an interim report and an oral presentation. A final report in the form of a dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words is required. When planning the project and again after completing the report, you will reflect on the range of subject-specific and generic skills acquired through your degree and how these are reinforced and complemented by skills acquired through your project. A final item of summative work assesses the clarity by which you communicate and evidence your range of skills in the form of a covering letter and cv for a potential job application. To further support the transition to employment, you can present a formative research poster that summarises the main aspects of the work to prospective employers. This module is compulsory for all degree courses in the School of Environmental Sciences and is an independent piece of research.

ENV-6021B

0

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AQUATIC BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

The Earth's terrestrial and marine water bodies support life and play a major role in regulating the planet's climate. This module will train you to make accurate measurements of the chemical composition of the aquatic environment. In lectures and in the lab you will explore important chemical interactions between life, fresh and marine waters and climate, looking at nutrient cycles, dissolved oxygen, trace metals, carbonate chemistry and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. Students taking this module are expected to be familiar with basic chemical concepts and molar concentration units. This module makes a good combination with Aquatic Ecology.

ENV-5039B

20

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

Explore how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. Three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analysing water quality, provide an important practical component to this module. A good complement to other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and modules in development studies or geography, it can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry or other geochemical and hydrology modules. Students selecting this module must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data.

ENV-5001A

20

GEOLOGY LAB SKILLS

Good observational and descriptive skills lie at the heart of many areas of Environmental Science. This module is designed to develop those and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects in this area. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, and reading geological maps. You'll need to have taken co-requisite or pre-requisite modules of 40 or more credits from the list: ENV-5004B Applied Geophysics, ENV-5034A Geomorphology, ENV-5035B Sedimentology, ENV-5012A Soil Processes and Environmental issues, ENV-5018A Global Tectonics, ENV-5021A Hydrology and Hydrogeology, ENV-5005K Applied Geophysics with field course.

ENV-5029B

20

GEOLOGY SKILLS

This module is designed to develop good observational and descriptive skills and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Geology, Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Geological skills of use for projects. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation which has an added cost implication in the region of GBP300. You'll need to take co-requisite or pre-requisite modules of 40 or more credits from the list: ENV-5004B Applied Geophysics, ENV-5034A Geomorphology, ENV-5035B Sedimentology, ENV-5012A Soil Processes and Environmental issues, ENV-5018A Global Tectonics, ENV-5021A Hydrology and Hydrogeology, ENV-5005K Applied Geophysics with field course.

ENV-5030B

20

GIS SKILLS FOR PROJECT WORK

This module builds upon the introduction to GIS provided in the first year Research and Field Skills module, focusing on how you obtain your own data, integrate it together and then undertake analysis and presentation tasks. ESRI ArcGIS will be the main software used, but there will also be an introduction to scripting tools (Python), and open source software (QGIS) and online GIS (ArcGIS Online).

ENV-5028B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

How do we respond to social and environmental change? Why are some of our beliefs and behaviours so persistent, even when we agree that they should change? How do people inhabit the places where they live and work? This module will provide you with tools to investigate the social, cultural, psychological and political processes that shape us and our world. Human geography and the environmental social sciences employ a range of approaches and methods with which to explore their diverse research questions. This module will introduce you to the practice of social science research, including methods that use quantitative (numerical) and qualitative (non-numerical) data. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical activities, you will learn how to design and carry out your own research. By the end of the module you will know how to formulate an interesting research question; how to choose an appropriate method to investigate it; how to ensure that you collect good quality data; how to analyse and interpret your data; and how to present the results of your research. The module is recommended if you intend to use social research methods in your independent dissertation project. In addition to gaining practical research skills, you will develop your ability to critically evaluate research studies that use social science methods. As well as benefiting your academic studies, these analytical and practical research skills are highly valued in many occupational sectors.

ENV-5031B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS WITH FIELDCOURSE

How do we respond to social and environmental change? Why are some of our beliefs and behaviours so persistent, even when we agree that they should change? How do people inhabit the places where they live and work? This module will provide you with tools to investigate the social, cultural, psychological and political processes that shape us and our world. Human geography and the environmental social sciences employ a range of approaches and methods with which to explore their diverse research questions. This module will introduce you to the practice of social science research, including methods that use quantitative (numerical) and qualitative (non-numerical) data. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical activities, you will learn how to design and carry out your own research. By the end of the module you will know how to formulate an interesting research question; how to choose an appropriate method to investigate it; how to ensure that you collect good quality data; how to analyse and interpret your data; and how to present the results of your research. In the Easter vacation you'll go to Cumbria for a field-course that will provide you with excellent opportunities for studying a range of geographical and environmental issues such as flooding, low-carbon energy developments, spatial contrasts in economic development, and landscape management. During the field-course you will work in a small group to design a research project, including some practical data collection and analysis. The module is recommended if you intend to use social research methods in your independent dissertation project. In addition to gaining practical research skills, you will develop your ability to critically evaluate research studies that use social science methods. As well as benefiting your academic studies, these analytical and practical research skills are highly valued in many occupational sectors.

ENV-5036K

20

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Atmospheric chemistry and global change are in the news. Stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, greenhouse gases, and global scale air pollution are among the most significant environmental problems of our age. Chemical composition and transformations underlie these issues, and drive many important atmospheric processes. This module covers the fundamental chemical principles and processes in the atmosphere, from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere, and considers current issues of atmospheric chemical change through a series of lectures, problem-solving classes, seminars, experimental and computing labs, as well as a field trip to UEA's own atmospheric observatory in Weybourne/North Norfolk.

ENV-5015A

20

HYDROLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY

Hydrology and hydrogeology are Earth Science subjects concerned with the assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space and the evaluation of human impacts on the water. This module provides an introduction to geological controls on groundwater occurrence, aquifer characteristics, basic principles of groundwater flow, basic hydrochemistry, an introduction to catchment hydrology, hydrological data collection and analysis, runoff generation processes and the principles of rainfall-runoff modelling. Practical classes develop analytical skills in solving problems as well as field skills in pumping test analysis and stream gauging. A field excursion in Norfolk is also offered in this module.

ENV-5021A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This module examines the principles of energy science and technologies including energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy and batteries. It provides a systematic and integrated account of the issues in energy resources and conversion. This knowledge is used to make a rational analysis of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth.

ENV-5022B

20

METEOROLOGY I

The weather affects everyone and influences decisions that are made on a daily basis around the world. From whether to hang your washing out on a sunny afternoon, to which route a commercial aircraft takes as it travels across the ocean, weather plays a vital role. With that in mind, what actually causes the weather we experience? In this module you'll learn the fundamentals of the science of meteorology. You'll concentrate on the physical process that allow moisture and radiation to transfer through the atmosphere and how they ultimately influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and the water cycle. The module is assessed through a combination of one piece of coursework and an exam, and is designed in a way that allows those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well, although a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences field course.

ENV-5016A

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). You will explore the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy. You will develop new skills during this module that will support careers in the offshore oil and gas industry, renewable energy industry, environmental consultancy, government laboratories (e.g. Cefas) and academia. The level of mathematical ability required to take this module is similar to Ocean Circulation and Meteorology I. You should be familiar with radians, rearranging equations and plotting functions.

ENV-5017B

20

SOIL PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Through lectures, practical work, seminars and fieldwork, you'll explore the soil environment and the processes that occur within it. You'll gain an understanding of: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change; soil ecosystem services and soil quality.

ENV-5012A

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

INDEPENDENT PROJECT

With guidance from a supervisor, you will choose a topic, design the research and collect, analyse and interpret data. You will report on progress at various stages: in the selection of a topic, the detailed plan, an interim report and an oral presentation. A final report in the form of a dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words is required. When planning the project and again after completing the report, you will reflect on the range of subject-specific and generic skills acquired through your degree and how these are reinforced and complemented by skills acquired through your project. A final item of summative work assesses the clarity by which you communicate and evidences your range of skills in the form of a covering letter and cv for a potential job application. To further support the transition to employment you can present a formative research poster that summarises the main aspects of the work to prospective employers. This module is compulsory for all degree courses in the School of Environmental Sciences and is an independent piece of research.

ENV-6021A

40

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE SYSTEMS

What sets the mean global temperature of the world? Why are some parts of the world arid whilst others at the same latitudes are humid? This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the processes that determine why the Earth's climate (defined, for example, by temperature and moisture distribution) looks like it does, what the major circulation patterns and climate zones are and how they arise. You will study why the climate changes in time over different timescales, and how we use this knowledge to understand the climate systems of other planets. This module is aimed at you if you wish to further your knowledge of climate, or want a base for any future study of climate change, such as the Meteorology/Oceanography or Climate Change degrees.

ENV-6025B

20

PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY

This module examines the geological evidence for climatic change through the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) and the longer-term evolution of climate through the Cenozoic Era (the last 65 million years). You will explore the interpretation and causal mechanisms behind these major global environmental changes using a diverse range of approaches - isotope geochemistry, sedimentology, palaeoecology and organic geochemistry. We will focus on the geochemical, biological and sedimentological information that can be obtained from marine sediments, ice cores, and terrestrial environments and use these records to reconstruct the timing extent and magnitude of selected climatic events in the geological record.

ENV-6017B

20

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is therefore challenging. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction', as well as how to deal with climate denialists.

ENV-6008A

20

Students will select 20 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY

l focus on the interactions between biodiversity and human societies. The module adopts a rigorous evidence-based approach. You will first critically examine the human drivers of biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity to human society, to understand how underlying perspectives and motivations influence approaches to conservation. You will then examine conflicts between human society and conservation and how these potentially can be resolved, reviewing institutions and potential instruments for biodiversity conservation in both Europe and developing countries. Coursework is inter-disciplinary and will require you to evaluate and communicate the quality of evidence showing effectiveness of conservation interventions and approaches.

ENV-6006A

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ENERGY AND PEOPLE

Modern everyday life rests fundamentally on the availability of energy. Since the 1970s, however, serious concerns have been raised about the sustainability of current energy systems. Traditionally, these problems have been analysed (and solutions proposed) from within the engineering and physical sciences. Understanding, managing and attempting to solve energy problems, however, demands a thorough appreciation of how people, at a range of scales, engage with energy in the course of their daily lives. This is a critical challenge for the social sciences, and will be a core focus of this module. Through this module, you will discover and explore a range of social science perspectives on the inter-relationships between energy and people. You will learn how to apply these ideas to contemporary energy problems and use them to generate your own visions for a sustainable energy future. You'll also be given the chance to work as part of a team and to communicate your ideas through both written and oral presentation. You'll begin by tracing the history and development of energy intensive societies and everyday lives as a means of understanding how energy has emerged as a key sustainability problem. You'll then go into more depth around different theories of social and technical change before exploring how these can be used to critically analyse a range of people-based solutions to energy problems that are currently being tried and tested around the world. You'll learn through a combination of lectures and seminars involving interactive group projects, class debates, practical exercises and student-led learning. At the end of the module, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to allow you to apply theories of social and technical change to a range of real-world energy problems. You'll be able to develop and critically analyse your own (and already existing) visions of a sustainable energy future, and you'll be able to creatively communicate these ideas to a range of different audiences. Please note, this is a strongly social science based module and is not recommended for students without a strong grounding in social science thinking and principle.

ENV-6026B

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NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Environmental economics provides a set of tools and principles which can be useful in understanding natural resource management issues. This module introduces you to key principles and tools of environmental economics for students who have not studied the subject previously. It then explores how these principles can be applied to address a number of complex economy-environment problems including climate change, over-fishing and water resources management. In this module you will have the opportunity to practically apply cost-benefit analysis as a framework for decision-making and will gain knowledge on the key non-market valuation techniques that are used to monetarily value environmental goods and services. At the end of the module you will have gained insights into how environmental economics is used in developing natural resource management policy as well as some of the challenges in using environmental economics in policy-making.

ENV-6012B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules (and not both ENV-6030K and ENV-6015K)

Name Code Credits

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY

This module explores the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and a voluntary employability visit to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). You are expected to have some background in biology, e.g. have taken a biology, ecology or biogeochemistry based second year module.

ENV-6005A

20

CATCHMENT WATER RESOURCES

In this module, you will adopt an integrated approach to studying surface water and groundwater resources in river basins. You will address the fundamental requirement for an interdisciplinary catchment-based approach to managing and protecting water resources that includes an understanding of land use and its management. The module content includes the design of catchment monitoring programmes, nutrient mass balance calculations, river restoration techniques, an overview of UK and European agri-environmental policy and approaches to assessing and mitigating catchment flooding.

ENV-6018B

20

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANCY

You will learn how a business functions (part on-line learning, part seminars) and gain experience of working on an environmental project by acting as an environmental consultant for a project presented by a business. Through the project you will gain experience of working on a 'real-world' environment-related challenge, acting as an environmental consultant in a team, you will have the opportunity for discussion and feedback with the host organisation before submitting an individual business style report as your contribution to the consultancy exercise. Overall, the aim is for you to gain a taster of the post-graduate transition to working with an organisation and confidence of how your skills and attributes are transferable to graduate employment. There is a cap of 60 for this module. Students that enrol by the deadline will be selected at random and if unsuccessful, will be added to a waiting list.

ENV-6031B

20

FOSSIL FUELS

You will be introduced to geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal). These are used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity on society. Some knowledge of Earth science and basic Chemistry will be expected.

ENV-6009A

20

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FIELD COURSE TO SPAIN

This module seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human society through field-based teaching and project work in Almeria, southern Spain. The region provides classic examples of landform evolution and arid environments, as well as experiencing major socio-economic changes in recent decades. Field activities will focus on such issues as agriculture, water resources, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. Methods for evaluating the sustainability of developments will be examined. The module is assessed by an individual evidence report and public communication item. You will need to contribute 50% of the field course costs (the remainder is paid by the School). The precise cost will depend on the GBP to Euro exchange rate at the time bookings are made but a best estimate as of October 2017 is likely to be in the range GBP420 to GBP450. In addition, the field course will run only if a minimum number of 21 students enrol and commit to paying the student contribution. If interest exceeds the maximum number that the field centre can accommodate then priority will be given to students according to the number of possible prerequisite modules they have taken.

ENV-6030K

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals; the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-6004A

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB including one from Geography, Geology, Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics. Science A-Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL5 in either Geography, Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics and HL5 in one other subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including one from Geography, Geology, Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2 including one from Geography, Geology, Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in either Geography, Geology, Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics.
  • BTEC DDM in a related subject. Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) preferred. Excluding Public Services on its own. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 75% with 70% in Geography

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities. 

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further. 

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

 

Fees and Funding

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Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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