BSc Meteorology and Oceanography with a Year in Industry


The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully developed Schools of Environmental Sciences in Europe. Our holistic approach to teaching and research, integrating physical, chemical, biological, social and geotechnical sciences into the study of natural and human environments, is truly a modern philosophy for the new millennium.

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This course is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST). It is a stamp of excellence and generally involves a rigorous peer-review process, analysing the technical content taught and the processes in place to ensure effective delivery of the programme.


We have been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for 50 years of ground-breaking environmental science at UEA. The royal accolade from the Queen is the UK’s most prestigious higher education award.

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This course is accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society and has been accepted as fulfilling the requirements for core content under the Society's Chartered Meteorologist Accreditation Scheme.


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This unique degree gives you the chance to learn how the atmosphere and the oceans work and interact. No other UK university offers this combination, but the two disciplines are equally important in understanding the Earth’s climate system and our impact upon it. You’ll also have the chance to gain experience in industry on a year-long placement.

The course is taught jointly by our Environmental Sciences and Mathematics schools, both of which are highly ranked for research – 1st for impact and 7th for quality in the UK respectively – so you’ll benefit from our academics’ diverse and world-class expertise.

The degree incorporates field courses that will expose you to advanced scientific instruments, compulsory modules that lay the scientific foundations for understanding the environment, and a wide range of optional modules that enable you to focus on different themes. You’ll also undertake an independent research project in your final year to bring all of your training together.


The University of East Anglia is currently the only University in the UK where it is possible to study these two specialist subjects side-by-side in a combined degree format. The course is designed to provide you with an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives you a detailed understanding of the Earth's climate system, alongside the impact of human society on the atmospheric and oceanic systems.

Incorporated into this degree programme is 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 Meteorology and Oceanography learning into practice.

Two week-long field courses in Oceanography and Meteorology provide you with valuable hands-on experience designing experiments and working with scientific instrumentation. You will also receive teaching and support from the School of Mathematics as you learn to use mathematical techniques to investigate and understand the course content. Furthermore our own in-house weather forecasting company, "WeatherQuest" provides valuable teaching support and an opportunity to spend a week working, to gain commercial awareness of the meteorological industry.

Many of our Meteorology and Oceanography students have gained valuable experience on research cruises whilst conducting the fieldwork for their final year project. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work for the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Meteorological Office, WeatherQuest and a variety of universities.

Field Course Options

Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our meteorology and oceanography students. You will be introduced to the problems of studying these unique aspects of the planet and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the field courses available.

Course Structure

This four year course follows a similar structure to the BSc Oceanography and Meteorology, but with an additional year of gaining work experience on an industrial placement in your third year. The first year of study comprises 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 year in order 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 general scientific principles governing our environment, including Global Environmental Challenges and Understanding the Dynamic Planet. Multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science allow you to develop the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists and Field Skills.

Year 2
As the course progresses you will undertake a range of compulsory scientific modules, including Meteorology and Waves, and Tides and Shallow Water Processes. Mathematics for Scientists continues to develop your capacity for mathematical theory. You will also have the option to take a Meteorological Field Course in the Lake District.

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 of study you will undertake an individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in professional depth. You also choose from a range of modules relevant to the oceans and/or atmosphere, allowing you to advance your physical/dynamical understanding of the climate system and its variability, and/or to develop skills in atmospheric and/or marine chemistry.

You will also undertake a free choice module from any school across the university, subject to permission. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your scientific skills with business acumen or take a foreign language to improve your international employability.


A variety of assessment methods are used in different modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, field notebooks and seminar presentations. In most modules the assessment is weighted 67% examination, 33% coursework. Skills based modules and field modules are assessed by 100% coursework. The ‘Work Based Learning module’ is partly assessed through a Technical Report, double marked by Environmental Science and Continuing Education specialists.

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 Stephen Dorling, Year in Industry Co-ordinator, e-mail:


Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


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.




This module covers differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods. 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 students across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.




(a) Probability. Probability as a measurement of uncertainty, statistical experiments and Bayes' theorem. Discrete and continuous distributions. Expectation. Applications of probability: Markov chains, reliability theory. (b) Mechanics. Discussion of Newton's laws of motion. Particle dynamics. Orbits. Conservation laws.




This module introduces a range of transferable skills, tools and data 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 i) formulating research questions, ii) collecting data using appropriate sources and techniques, iii) collating and evaluating information and iv) 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.




Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. This module explores energy, mechanics, 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. Plate Tectonics is studied 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. We also explore geological time - the 4.6 billion year record of changing conditions on the planet - and how geological maps can used to understand Earth history. This course provides an introduction to geological materials - rocks, minerals and sediments - and to geological resources and natural hazards.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following modules. Assignments will be made according to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits


The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and clim ate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who 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 course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This course is taught in two variants: this module provides a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry before coming to UEA (see pre-requisites). This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.




The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who 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 course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This module is for students with previous experience of chemistry. This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.



Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits





This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.




This module is the third in a series of three mathematical units for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers matrix algebra and numerical methods, partial differential equations and solid mechanics. There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples, and the use of numerical computing software (Matlab) is extended with a dedicated programming component. The module is taught by mathematicians with considerable expertise in the use of mathematics in the natural/environmental sciences and is largely designed to equip students with the tools necessary for advanced second and third level modules, particularly those in the physical sciences.




This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.




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 fieldcourse.




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). This module explores 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.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must submit a request to the School for a place on fieldcourses.

Name Code Credits


This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module includes a major summative coursework assignment based on data collected on a UEA meteorology fieldcourse in a previous year.




This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module also includes a week long Easter vacation residential fieldcourse, based in the Lake District, involving students in designing scientific experiments to quantify the effects of micro- and synoptic-scale weather and climate processes, focusing on lake, forest and mountain environments. There will be a charge to students in the order of GBP160 for attending this fieldcourse which is also heavily subsidized by the School.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module represents the year spent on work placement by students registered on an ENV programme incorporating a year in industry. Assessment is purely on a pass/fail basis with respect to completing a work placement, complementary to the degree, of at least nine months duration.



Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is compulsory for all degree courses in the School of Environmental Sciences and is an independent piece of research. With guidance from a supervisor, each student chooses a topic, designs the research and collects, analyses and interprets data. The student is expected to 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, students reflect on the range of subject-specific and generic skills acquired through their degree and how these are reinforced and complemented by skills acquired through their project. A final item of summative work assesses the clarity by which the student communicates and evidences their range of skills in the form of a covering letter and cv for a potential job application. To further support the transition to employment students can present a formative research poster that summarises the main aspects of the work to prospective employers.



Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module is about understanding the processes that determine why the Earth's climate (defined, for example, by temperature and moisture distribution) looks like it does, what are the major circulation patterns and climate zones and how do they arise, why the climate changes in time over different timescales, and how we use this knowledge to understand the climate systems of other planets. This course is aimed at those students who wish to further their knowledge of climate, or want a base for any future study of climate change, such as students doing the Meteorology/Oceanography or Climate Change degrees.




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 (using Matlab); 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.




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.



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

Name Code Credits


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). Students are expected to have some background in biology, e.g. have taken a biology, ecology or biogeochemistry based second year module.




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). The interpretation and causal mechanisms behind these major global environmental changes are explored using a diverse range of approaches - isotope geochemistry, sedimentology, palaeoecology and organic geochemistry. We focus on geochemical, biological and sedimentological information obtained from marine sediments, ice cores, and terrestrial environments and use these records to reconstruct the timing extent and magnitude of selected climatic events as expressed through changes in the geological record.



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

Name Code Credits


Dynamical meteorology is a core subject on which weather forecasting and the study of climate and climate change are based. This module applies fluid dynamics to the study of the circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. The fluid dynamical equations and some basic thermodynamics for the atmosphere are introduced. These are then applied to topics such as geostrophic flow, thermal wind and the jet streams, boundary layers, gravity waves, the Hadley circulation, vorticity and potential vorticity, Rossby waves, and equatorial waves. Emphasis will be placed on fluid dynamical concepts as well as on finding analytical solutions to the equations of motion.



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

PLEASE NOTE: Students must check that the module chosen from this range does not have a timetable clash with modules already selected, noting that no more than one module with the same timetable slot e.g. EE, can be taken in one semester. Students must submit a request to the School for a place on fieldcourses.

Name Code Credits


An analysis of how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. There is an important practical component to this module that includes three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analyzing water quality. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module fits well with other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and with modules in development studies or geography. It can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry, other geochemical modules and hydrology. Students must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data. Lectures will show how the chemical and physical features of freshwaters influence their biological communities. Students may attend video screenings that complement lectures with examples of aquatic habitats in the tropics.




This module will adopt an integrated approach to studying surface water and groundwater resources in river basins to enable students to analyse aspects of land management that affect catchment water resources and ecosystems.




This module develops skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. The course gives grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. It also offers 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.




This module will introduce students to a range of social science perspectives on the inter-relationships between energy and people. The module begins 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. The second part of the module then introduces some theories of social and technical change and uses these to critically analyse a range of people-based solutions to energy problems - including behaviour change initiatives, domestic energy efficiency technologies, and community-scale renewables - that are currently being tried and tested around the world. TEACHING AND LEARNING The module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars involving group projects, peer discussions, practical exercises and student-led learning. The lectures (2 per week) will introduce students to some core theoretical ideas about the relationships between energy and people, as well as examining a series of people-based solutions to energy problems that have been attempted around the world. The seminar sessions (1 per week) will give students the opportunity to engage with the lecture content in more depth through a range of exercises designed to promote discussion with both course lecturers and peers. Essential readings will be identified for each lecture. To do well in the module students will need to demonstrate that they have engaged extensively with the literature in this area, particularly regarding the 'real world' implications of theoretical ideas and debates. CAREER PROSPECTS Contemporary energy problems are a key concern of central and local government policy, business activities, charity and community work and wider public debates. A key reason why existing solutions to these problems either fail or are not as effective as at first assumed, is that they are often based on a poor understanding of how people use and engage with energy in the course of their everyday lives. Improving students' understanding of the relationships between energy and people and providing them with the intellectual tools necessarily to critically assess energy problems and potential solutions will therefore give them with a significant advantage in this growing job market. In addition to enhancing employability in the specific area of energy, this module will also provide students with a range of key transferable skills that will help them secure gainful employment on completion of their undergraduate degree. These include: developing analytical and critical thinking skills; understanding how to work effectively in teams; advocacy and negotiation skills; developing creative approaches to presentation; and presenting work to different audiences.




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 students to select (and develop their own theoretical interpretations of) 'real world' examples of politics. Assessment is via seminar presentations and a 4000 word case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics.




Fluid dynamics has wide ranging applications across nature, engineering, and biology. From understanding the behaviour of ocean waves and weather, designing efficient aircraft and ships, to capturing blood flow, the ability the understand and predict how fluids (liquids and gasses) behave is of fundamental importance. This Module considers mathematical models of fluids, particularly including viscosity (or stickiness) of a fluid. Illustrated by practical examples throughout, we develop the governing differential Navier-Stokes equations, and then consider their solution either finding exact solutions, or using analytical techniques to obtain solutions in certain limits (for example low viscosity or high viscosity).




Geophysical hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides have significant environmental and societal impacts. This module focuses on the physical basis and analysis of each hazard, their global range of occurrence, probability of occurrence and their local and global impact. The module addresses matters such as hazard monitoring, modelling and assessment. The module considers approaches towards risk mitigation and the reduction of vulnerability (individual and societal), with an emphasis on their practical implementation. Scenarios and probabilities of mega-disasters are also investigated. All the teaching faculty involved have practical experience of supplying professional advice on these hazards (and related risks) in addition to their own research involvement. A basic knowledge of physical science and of mathematics is assumed e.g. use of logs, exponentials, powers, cosines, rearrangement of equations.




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.




This module examines the physical/chemical principles of energy science and technologies - from clean energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy, batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cells. It provides a systematic and integrated account of scientific/technical issues of the energy resources and conversion. The knowledge is used to make rational analyses 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 in practical sessions. These include invited talks, energy debates and group discussions on the applications of low carbon energy technologies.




This module introduces some key principles of economics for students who have not studied the subject previously. It then explores how these principles can be applied to address a number of economy-environment problems including air pollution and over-fishing. The framework of cost-benefit analysis as a framework for decision-making is also introduced.




The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.




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 ABB including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL5 in Maths 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 Mathematics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2 including Mathematics
  • 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 Distinction in 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 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% including 70% in Mathematics

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:


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.


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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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:

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