BSc Climate Change with a Year in Industry

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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. You’ll also spend your third year gaining valuable work experience in a company or organisation of your choice.

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 using multidisciplinary 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 year, culminating in a year-long work placement and a final year research project.

Overview

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. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to take part in a Year in Industry, which will make for an invaluable addition to your scientific knowledge and technique. It will increase your employability and gives you the chance to put your first two years of learning into practice.

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 four year course follows a similar structure to the BSc Climate Change, but with an additional year spent gaining work experience in an industrial placement. In the first year you will study the earth system and develop your knowledge of relevant sciences. In years two and four you will focus on the scientific subjects required to study the underlying causes of climate change, alongside continuing to develop vital research skills.

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 (Year in Industry)
You will spend your third year on an industrial work placement lasting from 9 to 14 months, gaining relevant experience and developing your skills and knowledge. We have established research links throughout the UK and beyond, and we will help you in identifying and competing for appropriate positions.

Year 4
During your final year you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests.

Year in Industry

Completion of a Year in Industry programme will ensure you graduate with relevant work experience, putting you one step ahead of other students. This exciting degree programme provides you with this opportunity.

There is no greater asset in today’s competitive job market than relevant work experience. A Year in Industry will give you first-hand knowledge of not only the mechanics of how your chosen field operates but it will also greatly improve your chances of progressing within that sector as you seal valuable contacts and insight. These courses will also enhance your studies as theory is transformed into reality in a context governed by very real, time and financial constraints.

Our Industrial Links

We have well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond. Over 100 of our students have undertaken year-long placements as part of this programme. The fine work undertaken by the students leads to an ever growing network of employers who have experienced the positive benefits which come from offering a placement opportunity. We can help you to tap into this network and also provide other ideas of organisations who you might contact. Our students have worked in environmental roles within Local and National Government, in SMEs and Multinationals, for Environmental Consultancies and Research Institutes and with Conservation groups and NGOs.

Financial Benefits

A big attraction to this type of course, apart from the enhanced career prospects, is that students will pay much reduced tuition fees for that year (see fees and funding tab). In addition, of course, you are typically paid by the placement provider during the year, a great way to help fund your studies.

For the latest on financial arrangements for our Year in Industry students please visit the UEA Finance webpage.

How it Works

The Year in Industry degree programmes are four years in length with the work placement taking place during your third year. Placements constitute a minimum of nine months full-time employment and a maximum of 14 months.

In Years 1 and 2, we will help you prepare for an industrial placement by running workshops to raise awareness of key issues and to encourage networking. We will make sure you are fully aware of all the organisations who have previously hosted our placement students. We will also advertise all current placement opportunities of which we are aware. Our Careers service will be on hand to help with your applications. With this support, you will take the lead in securing your own placement - not only will this ensure that you work within your preferred field of Environmental Sciences, it will also provide you with the essential job-hunting skills you will require after graduation. Throughout the work placement itself, you will keep in close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA and your mentor will also visit you in your place of work during the year. In your placement year you will also undertake a Work Based Learning module which will help you to reflect on and get the very most from the placement experience.

Please note that we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers and students will be expected to source these placements themselves. If you were unable to secure a work placement by the end of your second year you will have the option to apply to be transferred onto the equivalent three-year degree programme without a Year in Industry.

“The Year in Industry was one of the best choices I could have made for my career. It enabled me to gain valuable technical skills and responsibilities, essential for improving my employability as well as developing industry contacts”.

Bex Holmes, BSc Environmental Sciences with a Year in Industry – Placement at Atkins Ltd

“I was reemployed by my placement provider BRE and owe this important start in life and my career to the Year in Industry programme. I really think it provides opportunities and essential experience for the workplace and hope it goes from strength to strength in the future”.

Roger Connick, BSc Environmental Sciences with a Year in Industry – Placement at BRE.

For further information, please contact Dr Jane Powell, Year in Industry Co-ordinator, e-mail: tom.hargreaves@uea.ac.uk

View our Year in Industry brochure

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

Year in industry.

Year 4

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

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

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL5 in Geography
  • 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 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits and Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, with at least 70% 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.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses 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.

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 

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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.

Scholarships

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
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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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