BSc Climate Change

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(2014 Research Excellence Framework)


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This innovative degree programme gives you a comprehensive understanding of the science, impacts and politics of climate change. The huge importance of this scientific challenge has led to a major increase in the demand for scientists trained in the field, making this degree one of the most relevant qualifications available.

On top of that, UEA has one of the best Environmental Sciences departments in the world, ranked 1st in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) and boasting a huge range of world-leading scientists and influential climate research centres.

You’ll study a wide range of environmental challenges – with a focus on climate change – using multidisciplinary scientific research skills, as well as analysis of media communication and governmental policy. You’ll have the chance to tailor your degree to your own interests in the second and third years, culminating in a final year research project.


There is a pressing need for people who understand both the environmental and social complexities of climate change. This degree programme offers you the chance to study climate change from a unique multi-disciplinary perspective in one of the world’s leading university departments for the study of climate change.

This innovative undergraduate degree programme allows you to study the physical, geochemical, social, economic and political dimensions of climate change. You will explore the natural and human drivers of climate change, alongside how we have responded so far to its challenges. This requires a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, which we will provide to enable you to understand how different approaches to climate change complement each other. You will also receive a thorough grounding in the natural sciences, reflecting our unique multi-disciplinary approach. Our academics, who are world-leading researchers, have also studied climate change from this inter-disciplinary perspective and make sure you benefit from their diverse knowledge.

By studying Climate Change at UEA you will find out the answers to these questions and many more:

  • Is it possible to prevent dangerous climate change?

  • How will different regions around the world be impacted by climate change?

  • 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?

In your third year, guided by a member of faculty, you will undertake your own research project to answer these or other questions, and so pursue your own interests in climate change as a multi-disciplinary challenge.

Course Structure

This three year degree programme begins with a year of compulsory core modules to establish your knowledge on essential topics. You will have the chance to select from optional modules in the second and final years to allow you to direct your own studies. In the final year you will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a subject of your choice.

Year 1
A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the major global environmental challenges facing mankind, with an emphasis on climate change. Multi-disciplinary modules from the School of Environmental Science enable you to develop the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists and Sustainability in Society.

Year 2
As the course progresses you will be given greater freedom to tailor your course around your own interests, as you choose from a large catalogue of optional modules. Compulsory modules begin to diverge from core science towards the wider implications of climate change.

Year 3
Your third year of study is centred around a large individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in depth. You will also study a range of advanced modules to continue to develop your knowledge and expertise.

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Module Examples:

  • Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity
  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Research and Field Skills

Optional Module Examples:

  • Understanding the Dynamic Planet
  • Geographical Perspectives
  • Physical and Chemical Processes in the Earth’s System
  • Quantitative Skills

Year 2

Compulsory Module Examples:

  • Climate Change: Science and Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy Making

Optional Module Examples:

  • Social Research Skills for Geographers with Field Course • Aquatic Ecology
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • GIS Skills for Project Work
  • Low Carbon Energy
  • Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change

Year 3

Compulsory Module Example:

  • Independent Project

Optional Module Examples:

  • Carbon Cycle and Climate Change
  • Energy and People
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Catchment Water Resources
  • Field Course to East Africa
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Climate Systems


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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL 5 in Geography and one other HL subject at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Geography
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including Geography
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Science
  • BTEC Only acceptable alongside A-level Geography
  • European Baccalaureate 70% overall, with at least 65% in Geography

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

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 writing, speaking, listening and reading):

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

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3



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.  We believe 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 to contact directly to discuss this further 

Special Entry Requirements


Alternative Qualifications



Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.


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

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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

    Next Steps

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