MSci Environmental Geophysics


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Degree of Master of Sciences



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This four-year course will give you advanced expertise in solid earth geophysics, placed in the context of the entire earth system. You’ll study the Earth’s many interacting processes, from the seas and skies to the deep interior, and learn about the way they control our environment.

This is a highly desirable degree due to the varied skills you’ll develop as well as the many industrial, governmental and academic applications the subject has. UEA is also one of the best places to study it – we’re ranked first in the UK for research impact (REF 2014) and have a global reputation for excellence in Environmental Sciences.

Your first year will provide you with the scientific tools you need, including Maths and Mechanics, while your second and third years will enable you to focus on diverse areas of study; from Oceanography and Meteorology to Geodynamics and Volcanology. Your final year culminates in an extended research project on a topic of your choice.

Overview

This exciting new four-year programme offers an integrated approach to studying planet Earth, including its interior, surface, oceans, atmosphere, interactions and external influences. You will be taught how to apply elements of mathematics, physics and computing in order to describe the earth’s properties, patterns and processes.

Environmental Geophysics embraces a rich variety of disciplines, including: solid earth geophysics, climatology, meteorology, oceanography, and volcanology, and many more. You will study the skies, seas and the Earth's deep interior, examining the surface to discover how the Earth has developed into what is seen today. Our course allows you to develop a quantitative, physical understanding of the whole earth system alongside the processes that control our environment.

The programme will enable you to develop a critical awareness of issues at the frontier of research, along with a comprehensive understanding of research methods and their limitations. You will gain the qualities of self-direction and originality in applying knowledge, solving problems and conducting research.

The MSci Environmental Geophysics is run jointly by the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Mathematics, and in collaboration with the School of Computing Sciences. The programme provides a broad choice of subject material to engage with, yet allows specialisation in your field of special interest to an advanced level. You can bias your degree towards geological geophysics, geohazards, meteorology and climatology, oceanography or a combination. Overall this programme aims to inspire a lifelong interest, knowledge and understanding of the way the Earth works.

Field Course Options

Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our geophysical science students. You will be introduced to many different geological environments and learn to use a variety of technological equipment through the wide range of field courses available.

Course Structure

Whilst the first three years of the programme will follow the same profile as the BSc Geophysical Sciences, in the fourth and final year you will study a range of Master’s level modules. You also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests.

Year 1
A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the general scientific principles governing geophysics. Multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science prepare you with the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists, Probability, Mechanics and Modelling.  

Year 2
As the course progresses you are given greater freedom to tailor your course around your own interests, choosing from a wide variety of modules, from Global Tectonics to Sedimentology. Compulsory modules continue to develop your mathematical knowledge.

Year 3
Your third year of study is centred around a large individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in professional depth. You will also study a range of advanced modules surrounding geophysical science as well as the wider social impacts of the subject, including Geophysical Hazards and Meteorology.

Year 4

In your final year, you'll undertake an in-depth research project that will enable you to put everything you've learnt into practice. You'll also have the choice of a range of more advanced modules, including field courses in Greece, Spain or Ireland, as well as topics in energy, climate science and fluid dynamics.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used in different modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination, with the majority of modules being weighted 67% examination, 33% coursework. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises and seminar presentations. Coursework and exam styles may also vary, promoting a variety of learning, recall and presentational skills.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 100 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. Please note that ENV students, BIO Ecology students, NAT SCI students and SCI Foundation Year students can request a place on this module, however priority will be given to ENV students. Please note that non-ENV students wishing to select this module must obtain a signature from their advisor confirming that he/she will agree to mark the independent essay component of the module assessment in the spring semester (this must be done within the first two weeks of the autumn semester by sending an email to the module organiser (Dr A. Anger-Kraavi) copied to the HUB at: env_ug.hub@uea.ac.uk ).

ENV-4001A

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

THIS MODULE CANNOT BE TAKEN WITH ENV-4014Y OR ENV-4013Y. This module is designed for students with maths A2 level (grade C or above) or IB SL (grade 4 or above). It is also for students transferring from the SCI Foundation year who have taken MTHB0002B Basic Mathematics II. It 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.

ENV-4015Y

20

PROBABILITY AND MECHANICS

In taking this module you cannot take MTHA4001Y or take MTHA4004Y. While taking this module you must take or have taken MTHA4005Y or MTHB4006Y or ENV-4002Y. Stuedntes are expected to have attained a grade B or above in A-level maths, or equivalent. (a) Probability as a measurement of uncertainty, statistical experiments and Bayes' theorem. Discrete and continuous distributions. Expectation. Applications of probability. (b) The second part of the module is about Mechanics. It includes discussion of Newton's laws of motion, particle dynamics, orbits, and conservation laws.

MTHB4007B

20

RESEARCH AND FIELD SKILLS

This module year long module introduces a range of transferable skills, tools and data resources that are widely used in research across the Environmental Sciences. The aim is to provide a broad understanding of the research process by undertaking different activities that involve i) formulating research questions, ii) collecting data using appropriate sources and techniques, iii) collating and evaluating information and iv) presenting results. The module will include the use of digital mapping technologies (such as geographical information systems GIS) and a 6 day residential field course held during the Easter Break.

ENV-4004Y

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

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 introduce geological materials, resources and hazards.

ENV-4005A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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

Name Code Credits

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH'S SYSTEM I

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: In 4007B (described here) we will provide a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry before coming to UEA (see pre-requisites). If you have previous experience of chemistry you will take ENV 4008B. This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.

ENV-4007B

20

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH'S SYSTEM II

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 course is taught in two variants. The version of the course described here (4008B) is for students with previous experience of chemistry. Students with no previous experience of chemistry will take ENV 4007B (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.

ENV-4008B

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4002Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4002Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: There will be a charge for attending this field course. The charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently. The following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS B

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.

ENV-5006A

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS C

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 (with applications to many multi-variable problems in science), second order partial differential equations (which govern the behaviour of diffusive, advective and wave-like systems), and solid mechanics (applications in geophysics, glaciology, and material science). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples, and the use of numerical computing software (Matlab) is extended with a dedicated programming component. This 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. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and there are three lectures a week accompanied by one seminar which focuses on the discussion of relevant problem sheets.

ENV-5007B

20

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

Name Code Credits

GIS SKILLS FOR PROJECT WORK

This module builds upon the introduction to the use of GIS provided in the first year Research and Field Skills module (ENV-4004Y), focusing on how students can obtain their own data (both from a wide range of online sources and in the field), integrate it together and then undertake analysis and presentation tasks. Such skills are particularly important for the final year projects (ENV-6021A) undertaken by many students. Skills in GIS are also valued by many prospective employers across public, private and non-profit sectors, and also for further study at MSc or PhD level. The module will review the different techniques that can be used to create and edit data in a GIS, as well as existing digital databases (both UK and global) from which map data can be extracted and downloaded. ESRI ArcGIS will be the main software used, but there will also be an introduction to open source tools such as QGIS. The module will emphasize issues of data quality (e.g. uncertainty and accuracy) as they apply to spatial data and introduce the use of scripting tools (e.g. Python) as a way of documenting and efficiently repeating more complex analysis procedures. To make links with project work and employability there will also be case studies of GIS use in the workplace. Teaching will consist of a one-hour lectures and a three-hour practical class each week. The lectures will cover key concepts, data sources and techniques in GIS, with a particular emphasis on environmental applications. These will be reinforced by practical exercises mainly using the ArcGIS software. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of scheduled classes on their formative and summative coursework.

ENV-5028B

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. ENV-5017B 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.

ENV-5016A

20

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

(20 credits in SEM1 and 20 credits in SEM2)

Name Code Credits

EARTH SCIENCE 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. This module may be taken by Environmental Earth Science undergraduate students who for any reason cannot take ENV-5030B Earth Science Skills , and by students taking related degrees with a large component of Earth. Assessment includes a laboratory test and a practical project. The practical project will build on the skills learned in the first part of the module and other skills including time management. TEACHING AND LEARNING The first part will be taught predominately by laboratory and tutorial classes with directed learning exercise. This part will be co-taught with the first part of module ENV-5030B Earth Science Skills. The second part of the module will involve studying data and/or material supplied to the student and preparing a report. This will require students to practice good time management, some of the laboratory and analysis skills and presentation skills in addition to description and interpretation. COURSE CONTENT The topics will include: Observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials; Introduction to mineralogy using microscopes; Grain size and character; Sediments and sedimentary petrology; One, two and three dimensional data; Basic geological maps; Representing and manipulating geological data in 3d space. CAREER PROSPECTS The basic geological skills of description, data manipulation and geological material identification learned in this module are what employers of Earth science graduates (and students with related degrees) would expect them to have. It is also useful for those embarking on teaching careers in Earth Science, geography or environmental sciences.

ENV-5029B

20

EARTH SCIENCE SKILLS

The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation. Students who for whatever reason cannot undertake a week-long field course in the Easter break should take ENV-5029B. 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 (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. This module is strongly recommended for Environmental Earth Science students and it is required for the Geological Society accreditation pathway of Earth Sciences degrees. It will also be of use to students taking related degrees with a large component of Earth science. Assessment is coursework only and will include a laboratory test and work undertaken during fieldwork. The field work builds on the skills learned in the lab-based first part of the module. If you have any worries, financial or physical about being able to undertake fieldwork you should discuss your worries with the field course leader before registering on this module. If you are unable to do a week long field course in the Easter vacation please consider taking ENV-5029B instead of this module. TEACHING AND LEARNING The first part will be taught predominately in laboratory classes and by self-study exercises. This part will be co-taught with the first part of module ENV-5029B Earth Science Laboratory Skills. Students will improve their observation, recording and description skills. They will learn methods of manipulating and presenting 3d data, learn some geological map skills and become aware of a range of geological laboratory techniques. The second part is a residential week-long field course and concentrates on Earth science field observation, description and interpretation. During this residential course students will develop a field skill-set, which is designed for students planning an independent project requiring Earth science field skills. The primary focus will be on geological mapping, structure and stratigraphy, but may include hydrogeological, geochemical and Quaternary techniques depending on field location and staff availability. The location of the field course is likely to be North Wales. COURSE CONTENT The module will include: Observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials; Introduction to mineralogy using microscopes; Grain size and character; Sediments and sedimentary petrology; One, two and three dimensional data; geological maps; Representing and manipulating geological data in 3d space. CAREER PROSPECTS The basic geological skills of description, data manipulation and geological material identification learned in this module are what employers of Earth science graduates (and students with related degrees) would expect them to have. For this reason it is a compulsory part of the pathway through the Environmental Earth Sciences degree programmes accredited by the Geological Society.

ENV-5030B

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, , the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed. TEACHING AND LEARNING There will be 2 lectures and a 3-hour practical class each week for 11 weeks (there is a Reading Week in week 6). Lectures will introduce you to the full scale of plate tectonics, from the whole Earth to regional scale features at Earth surface with an emphasis on understanding the underlying processes and latest scientific developments in understanding these processes. Theory from lectures is supported by applied examples in practicals through use of maps, experimental analogue materials, and paper exercises. There is some maths (re-arranging and solving simple equations) at a level suitable for all ENV students. COURSE CONTENT Earth structure and heat budget Models for tectonic plate motion The Wilson cycle Features and process that characterise continental and oceanic crust, plate boundaries. Faults and seismicity Making and evolving magma Differentiation, storage, movement and eruption of magma How this unit fits into your degree: This is an excellent introduction to some of the principles that underpin many topics in the Earth Sciences in particular. It can be taken as a general interest module but also works particularly well for those with an interest in natural hazards and/or geological processes. Topics discussed also involve some of the basic geological principles behind the deposition and storage of fossil fuels. CAREER PROSPECTS A knowledge of Earth's structure and geological processes are desirable for understanding many of Earth's natural systems, to support interpretations of geophysical surveys, (relevant to sub-surface resources of all kinds) and understanding of geo-hazards. Thus is relevant to research and employment in construction industry, geo-consultancy, geo-hazard assessment and risk mitigation. Typical employers may include the BGS, geophysical companies (e.g. Gardline, Fugro) and prepare for MSc and PhD that may lead to employment with companies and consultants engaged in resource exploration (from hydrocarbons to water to CO2 storage). The transferable employability skills include self-directed report writing, thinking in 4D (3D spatial + time), team work, also the integration of physical process with people, resources and the environment.

ENV-5018A

20

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

MTHD6018B Dynamical Meteorology and MTHE6007B Dynamical Oceanography will run in alternate years. 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.

Name Code Credits

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 distribution and quality of water. Knowledge of Hydrology and Hydrogeology is fundamental to the management of freshwater resources for the benefits of drinking water supply, food production and aquatic habitats. This module provides an introduction to geological controls on groundwater occurrence, aquifer characteristics (porosity and permeability), basic principles of groundwater flow, basis hydrochemistry, an introduction to catchment hydrology, hydrological data collection and analysis, runoff generation processes and the principles of rainfall-runoff and flood modelling. Practical classes develop analytical skills in solving hydrogeological and hydrological problems as well as field skills in pumping test analysis and stream gauging. A field excursion to the River Thurne catchment in Norfolk is also offered in this module. The module aims to equip students with the basic skills required to pursue careers in water resources engineering and management.equivalent mathematical skills. For example, an ability to work with common mathematical operations is essential such as the simple rearrangement of equations, and the ability to convert between varying units of length and volume. Basic differential equations will be presented for the description of groundwater flow.

ENV-5021A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY

This module will focus on the decarbonisation of energy supply and demand in a carbon constrained world. It will examine the role of energy efficiency and low carbon energy technologies, such as wind energy, solar energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, taking into consideration important current issues and sectors for application. This knowledge is used to support an analysis of future energy supply and demand that includes management, policy and technical aspects. This version of the module is assessed by formative assessment and coursework. This module replaces ENV-2A84. TEACHING AND LEARNING This module not only provides the framework for learning the key technical and management aspects of low carbon energy but also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in the practical sessions. These include an energy tour, debates and smaller seminar group discussions on the practical applications of low carbon energy technologies and energy efficiency and the management of future energy demand. They will provide students with the opportunity to share their knowledge and opinions in this most important field. Students will be expected to supplement the lectures and other learning activities by undertaking self-directed reading of text books, the research literature and policy documents. COURSE CONTENT # Importance of low carbon energy in terms of climate change, resource limits, fuel poverty and energy security # Current energy use and trends # How energy is produced, distributed and managed in the UK # Economic analysis of low carbon technologies # Low carbon energy technologies: biomass, wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal, etc. # UK sectoral energy management: domestic, transport and business # Hydrogen energy and fuel cells CAREER PROSPECTS Energy and carbon management, renewable energy development, energy supply industry, energy policy development, energy efficiency consultancy, sustainable transportation development.

ENV-5022B

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processed in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of Radiation Balance, Cloud Physics, Thermodynamics and Dynamics and the assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential. TEACHING AND LEARNING Practical session will provide opportunities for individual and group-based work in which problem sheets and data analysis exercises are tackled. Lectures will provide the forum for introduction of theoretical material and also for following up and summarising the key points emanating from previous practical sessions. Lecturers will also ensure that attention is drawn, as appropriate, to links between theory and 'current weather', often in the form of references to online information resources. The course Blackboard site will provide opportunities for students to assess their own progress through informal formative assessment material. # The Structure of the Atmosphere # Short and long wave radiation in the atmosphere # Thermal equilibrium of the Earth atmosphere system # Laws of thermodynamics applied to the atmosphere # Atmospheric Stability # Atmospheric Dynamics # Atmospheric momentum balance # Meteorological surface observations and plotting codes # Cloud physics CAREER PROSPECTS Students regularly go on to careers in the Met Office, in meteorological consultancy and in a number of other research organisations in the UK and abroad, either directly or after taking a higher degree. Meteorology interfaces with many other disciplines n the environmental sciences (eg oceanography, hydrology, energy and epidemiology) and impacts upon most sectors of the economy. While graduates regularly move directly into weather forecasting and analysis jobs, a career in meteorological research would often first require a higher degree. 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, Cloud Physics, Thermodynamics and Dynamics and 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.

ENV-5008A

20

SEDIMENTOLOGY

Sedimentary rocks cover much of the Earth's surface, record the Earth's history of environmental change, contain the fossil record and host many of the world's natural resources. This module includes the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud and carbonates and the processes that result in their deposition. Understanding of modern processes is used to interpret ancient sedimentary rocks, their stratigraphy and the sedimentary structures they contain. Topics will include: (1) sedimentary fluid dynamics; (2) modern and ancient sedimentary environments including rivers, coastal margins, shallow shelf seas and the deep ocean; (3) differences between siliciclastic and carbonate depositional systems, and (4) the interactions between organisms and sediments. This module replaces ENV-2A85/ENV-5011A.

ENV-5035B

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). 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. Career development: New skills developed during this module will support careers in the offshore oil and gas industry, renewable energy industry, environmental consultancy, government laboratories (e.g. Cefas) and academia. Mathematical background: 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

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

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 (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 problem will be discussed and placed into context through a project proposal, instead of an essay, and then solved and written up in a project report. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers of students wishing to carry on into further studies or in professional employment. TEACHING AND LEARNING The aim of this course is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. There is a focus on examples within meteorology, oceanography and also the solid earth. The course consists of lectures on numerical methods, taught computing practicals and an independent project. The taught practicals illustrate the solution of a broad range of environmental problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through an individual project which will develop a simple numerical model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The problem will be discussed and placed into context through a proposal, and then solved and written up in a project report. The first 8 weeks of the module are taught lectures and practicals, while the last 4 weeks is devoted to completing the independent project. The computing practicals are run in Matlab and a brief review of programming in Matlab is included in the module. Previous programming experience in any language will be extremely useful. The skills developed in this unit are highly valued by prospective employers of students wishing to carry on into further studies or in professional employment. COURSE CONTENT: Lectures, computing practicals and an independent project CAREER PROSPECTS: Numerical modelling and computer programming are commonly requested skills for science graduates, especially those looking towards further study or to stay in science.

ENV-6004A

20

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

(20 credits in SEM1 and 20 credits in SEM2)

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED STATISTICS

This module covers three topics in statistical theory. For this year they are Regression and Linear Model, Generalised Models and Non-parametric Methods. The first two topics consider both the theory and practice of statistical model fitting and students will be expected to analyse real data. The third topic is chosen to be a contrasting one. Non-parametric methods are a vital part of the statisticians armoury and cheap computing makes such techniques very powerful. We look at the traditional permutation based methods as well as the empirical distribution function.

CMP-6004A

20

CATCHMENT WATER RESOURCES

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.

ENV-6018B

20

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Have you ever wondered why human economic activity seems to be so bad for the environment? Does it have to be like that? Is it possible for human beings to enjoy high standards of living and a high quality environment? Through the study of the principles of Environmental Economics this course sets out to answer those questions. Addressing a wide-range of economy-environment problems including car pollution, over-fishing, climate change and declining oil stocks, the course shows that most environmental problems can be solved through the adoption of policies crafted with the careful application of economic reasoning.

ENV-6012B

20

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

(20 credits in SEM1 and 20 credits in SEM2).

Name Code Credits

FOSSIL FUELS

Geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) are introduced. These are used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity. This module is suitable for students taking degrees in the School of Environmental Sciences. Some knowledge of Earth science will be expected. Therefore before taking this module you must take or be taking at least 20 credits of Earth Science or Geophysics modules at honours level. This module replaces ENV-3A35.

ENV-6009A

20

GEOPHYSICAL HAZARDS

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 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.

ENV-6001B

20

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

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

Name Code Credits

GEOSCIENCES FIELD COURSE TO SPAIN

This module is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects through the development of field observation, recording and interpretation skills in areas of classic field geology. This 10 day field course is to the Almeria province in southern Spain, a region to the north of the Mediterranean coast; accommodation is likely to be full board at the Urra field study centre near Sorbas. The focus of this field course is folded and metamorphic solid geology which form alpine belts which bound sedimentary fill of a basin. The sedimentary fill provides a World class example of basin analysis - sediments represent different stages of basin evolution and different depositional environments under varied climatic conditions, post-depositional uplift, and incision in a now-arid region. The regional setting is an active strike-slip fault system, with associated sub-marine Miocene volcanism.

ENV-6029K

20

PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY

This module examines the geological evidence for major climatic change through the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) and the long-term evolution of climate through the Cenozoic Era (the last 65 million years). The key mechanisms behind these major global environmental changes are explored using a wide range of approaches - stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentology, radioisotopes, palaeoecology, and organic geochemistry. We will focus on selected topics that relate to the extent, timing and causes of past variations of climate as expressed through changes in the geological record and the fossil record. Taught classes will largely draw on information obtained from marine sediments, ice cores, and terrestrial and lacustrine biological and sedimentological archives. Topics to be covered include: # Past climate change and causes of change over geological timescales # Driving mechanisms of Quaternary climate change# # High frequency climate variability# # Stratigraphy and geochronology # Palaeotemperature reconstruction# # Ice sheet variability and climate linkages# # Sea level change over geological timescales # Palaeoclimate modelling The module provides an essential geological perspective on the topic of climate change and the interpretation of past environments for those interested from either an academic or consultancy viewpoint. The interdisciplinary nature of this module means that it provides valuable skills for those who have interests in pursuing careers in oceanography, climatology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, archaeology and environmental management/consultancy.

ENV-6017B

20

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

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. NOTE: No more than 20 credits of level 5 modules can be taken at Stage 3.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED STATISTICS A

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STATISTICS STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE CMP-5019B, APPLIED STATISTICS B, DUE TO THE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR COURSE. This is a module designed to give students the opportunity to apply statistical methods in realistic situations. While no advanced knowledge of probability and statistics is required, we expect students to have some background in probability and statistics before taking this module. The aim is to introduce students to R statistical language and to cover Regression, Analysis of Variance and Survival analysis. Other topics from a list including: Extremes and quartiles, Bootstrap methods and their application, Sample surveys, Simulations, Subjective statistics, Forecasting and Clustering methods, may be offered to cover the interests of those in the class.

CMP-5017B

20

EARTH SCIENCE 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. This module may be taken by Environmental Earth Science undergraduate students who for any reason cannot take ENV-5030B Earth Science Skills , and by students taking related degrees with a large component of Earth. Assessment includes a laboratory test and a practical project. The practical project will build on the skills learned in the first part of the module and other skills including time management. TEACHING AND LEARNING The first part will be taught predominately by laboratory and tutorial classes with directed learning exercise. This part will be co-taught with the first part of module ENV-5030B Earth Science Skills. The second part of the module will involve studying data and/or material supplied to the student and preparing a report. This will require students to practice good time management, some of the laboratory and analysis skills and presentation skills in addition to description and interpretation. COURSE CONTENT The topics will include: Observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials; Introduction to mineralogy using microscopes; Grain size and character; Sediments and sedimentary petrology; One, two and three dimensional data; Basic geological maps; Representing and manipulating geological data in 3d space. CAREER PROSPECTS The basic geological skills of description, data manipulation and geological material identification learned in this module are what employers of Earth science graduates (and students with related degrees) would expect them to have. It is also useful for those embarking on teaching careers in Earth Science, geography or environmental sciences.

ENV-5029B

20

EARTH SCIENCE SKILLS

The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation. Students who for whatever reason cannot undertake a week-long field course in the Easter break should take ENV-5029B. 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 (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. This module is strongly recommended for Environmental Earth Science students and it is required for the Geological Society accreditation pathway of Earth Sciences degrees. It will also be of use to students taking related degrees with a large component of Earth science. Assessment is coursework only and will include a laboratory test and work undertaken during fieldwork. The field work builds on the skills learned in the lab-based first part of the module. If you have any worries, financial or physical about being able to undertake fieldwork you should discuss your worries with the field course leader before registering on this module. If you are unable to do a week long field course in the Easter vacation please consider taking ENV-5029B instead of this module. TEACHING AND LEARNING The first part will be taught predominately in laboratory classes and by self-study exercises. This part will be co-taught with the first part of module ENV-5029B Earth Science Laboratory Skills. Students will improve their observation, recording and description skills. They will learn methods of manipulating and presenting 3d data, learn some geological map skills and become aware of a range of geological laboratory techniques. The second part is a residential week-long field course and concentrates on Earth science field observation, description and interpretation. During this residential course students will develop a field skill-set, which is designed for students planning an independent project requiring Earth science field skills. The primary focus will be on geological mapping, structure and stratigraphy, but may include hydrogeological, geochemical and Quaternary techniques depending on field location and staff availability. The location of the field course is likely to be North Wales. COURSE CONTENT The module will include: Observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials; Introduction to mineralogy using microscopes; Grain size and character; Sediments and sedimentary petrology; One, two and three dimensional data; geological maps; Representing and manipulating geological data in 3d space. CAREER PROSPECTS The basic geological skills of description, data manipulation and geological material identification learned in this module are what employers of Earth science graduates (and students with related degrees) would expect them to have. For this reason it is a compulsory part of the pathway through the Environmental Earth Sciences degree programmes accredited by the Geological Society.

ENV-5030B

20

ENERGY AND PEOPLE

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.

ENV-6026B

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, , the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed. TEACHING AND LEARNING There will be 2 lectures and a 3-hour practical class each week for 11 weeks (there is a Reading Week in week 6). Lectures will introduce you to the full scale of plate tectonics, from the whole Earth to regional scale features at Earth surface with an emphasis on understanding the underlying processes and latest scientific developments in understanding these processes. Theory from lectures is supported by applied examples in practicals through use of maps, experimental analogue materials, and paper exercises. There is some maths (re-arranging and solving simple equations) at a level suitable for all ENV students. COURSE CONTENT Earth structure and heat budget Models for tectonic plate motion The Wilson cycle Features and process that characterise continental and oceanic crust, plate boundaries. Faults and seismicity Making and evolving magma Differentiation, storage, movement and eruption of magma How this unit fits into your degree: This is an excellent introduction to some of the principles that underpin many topics in the Earth Sciences in particular. It can be taken as a general interest module but also works particularly well for those with an interest in natural hazards and/or geological processes. Topics discussed also involve some of the basic geological principles behind the deposition and storage of fossil fuels. CAREER PROSPECTS A knowledge of Earth's structure and geological processes are desirable for understanding many of Earth's natural systems, to support interpretations of geophysical surveys, (relevant to sub-surface resources of all kinds) and understanding of geo-hazards. Thus is relevant to research and employment in construction industry, geo-consultancy, geo-hazard assessment and risk mitigation. Typical employers may include the BGS, geophysical companies (e.g. Gardline, Fugro) and prepare for MSc and PhD that may lead to employment with companies and consultants engaged in resource exploration (from hydrocarbons to water to CO2 storage). The transferable employability skills include self-directed report writing, thinking in 4D (3D spatial + time), team work, also the integration of physical process with people, resources and the environment.

ENV-5018A

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 distribution and quality of water. Knowledge of Hydrology and Hydrogeology is fundamental to the management of freshwater resources for the benefits of drinking water supply, food production and aquatic habitats. This module provides an introduction to geological controls on groundwater occurrence, aquifer characteristics (porosity and permeability), basic principles of groundwater flow, basis hydrochemistry, an introduction to catchment hydrology, hydrological data collection and analysis, runoff generation processes and the principles of rainfall-runoff and flood modelling. Practical classes develop analytical skills in solving hydrogeological and hydrological problems as well as field skills in pumping test analysis and stream gauging. A field excursion to the River Thurne catchment in Norfolk is also offered in this module. The module aims to equip students with the basic skills required to pursue careers in water resources engineering and management.equivalent mathematical skills. For example, an ability to work with common mathematical operations is essential such as the simple rearrangement of equations, and the ability to convert between varying units of length and volume. Basic differential equations will be presented for the description of groundwater flow.

ENV-5021A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY

This module will focus on the decarbonisation of energy supply and demand in a carbon constrained world. It will examine the role of energy efficiency and low carbon energy technologies, such as wind energy, solar energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, taking into consideration important current issues and sectors for application. This knowledge is used to support an analysis of future energy supply and demand that includes management, policy and technical aspects. This version of the module is assessed by formative assessment and coursework. This module replaces ENV-2A84. TEACHING AND LEARNING This module not only provides the framework for learning the key technical and management aspects of low carbon energy but also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in the practical sessions. These include an energy tour, debates and smaller seminar group discussions on the practical applications of low carbon energy technologies and energy efficiency and the management of future energy demand. They will provide students with the opportunity to share their knowledge and opinions in this most important field. Students will be expected to supplement the lectures and other learning activities by undertaking self-directed reading of text books, the research literature and policy documents. COURSE CONTENT # Importance of low carbon energy in terms of climate change, resource limits, fuel poverty and energy security # Current energy use and trends # How energy is produced, distributed and managed in the UK # Economic analysis of low carbon technologies # Low carbon energy technologies: biomass, wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal, etc. # UK sectoral energy management: domestic, transport and business # Hydrogen energy and fuel cells CAREER PROSPECTS Energy and carbon management, renewable energy development, energy supply industry, energy policy development, energy efficiency consultancy, sustainable transportation development.

ENV-5022B

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processed in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of Radiation Balance, Cloud Physics, Thermodynamics and Dynamics and the assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential. TEACHING AND LEARNING Practical session will provide opportunities for individual and group-based work in which problem sheets and data analysis exercises are tackled. Lectures will provide the forum for introduction of theoretical material and also for following up and summarising the key points emanating from previous practical sessions. Lecturers will also ensure that attention is drawn, as appropriate, to links between theory and 'current weather', often in the form of references to online information resources. The course Blackboard site will provide opportunities for students to assess their own progress through informal formative assessment material. # The Structure of the Atmosphere # Short and long wave radiation in the atmosphere # Thermal equilibrium of the Earth atmosphere system # Laws of thermodynamics applied to the atmosphere # Atmospheric Stability # Atmospheric Dynamics # Atmospheric momentum balance # Meteorological surface observations and plotting codes # Cloud physics CAREER PROSPECTS Students regularly go on to careers in the Met Office, in meteorological consultancy and in a number of other research organisations in the UK and abroad, either directly or after taking a higher degree. Meteorology interfaces with many other disciplines n the environmental sciences (eg oceanography, hydrology, energy and epidemiology) and impacts upon most sectors of the economy. While graduates regularly move directly into weather forecasting and analysis jobs, a career in meteorological research would often first require a higher degree. 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, Cloud Physics, Thermodynamics and Dynamics and 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.

ENV-5008A

20

METEOROLOGY II

This module will build upon material introduced in ENV-5008A (Meteorology I) covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, micro-scale processes, the General Circulation and weather forecasting. Practical sessions, some computer based, will provide opportunities for individual- and group-based work in which problem sheets, simulations and case study exercises are tackled, coupled with experiential sessions in forecasting and broadcast meteorology. Lectures will provide the forum for introduction of theoretical material and also for following up and summarising the key points emanating from previous practical sessions. Lectures will also ensure that attention is drawn, as appropriate, to links between theory and 'current weather', often in the form of references to online information resources. A non-compulsory programme of complementary monthly evening seminars is also available through the Royal Meteorological Society's East Anglian Centre, based at UEA, including talks by employers.

ENV-5009B

20

METEOROLOGY II WITH FIELDCOURSE

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A (Meteorology I) by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, micro-scale processes, the General Circulation 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. RESIDENTIAL FIELD COURSE The additional Field Course runs during the first seven days of the Easter Vacation based at Hawkshead Youth Hostel in Cumbria. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The charge is heavily subsidized by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organizer closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be in the order of GBP160.

ENV-5010K

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. ENV-5017B 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.

ENV-5016A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

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.

CMP-5020B

20

SEDIMENTOLOGY

Sedimentary rocks cover much of the Earth's surface, record the Earth's history of environmental change, contain the fossil record and host many of the world's natural resources. This module includes the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud and carbonates and the processes that result in their deposition. Understanding of modern processes is used to interpret ancient sedimentary rocks, their stratigraphy and the sedimentary structures they contain. Topics will include: (1) sedimentary fluid dynamics; (2) modern and ancient sedimentary environments including rivers, coastal margins, shallow shelf seas and the deep ocean; (3) differences between siliciclastic and carbonate depositional systems, and (4) the interactions between organisms and sediments. This module replaces ENV-2A85/ENV-5011A.

ENV-5035B

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). 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. Career development: New skills developed during this module will support careers in the offshore oil and gas industry, renewable energy industry, environmental consultancy, government laboratories (e.g. Cefas) and academia. Mathematical background: 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

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

RESEARCH TRAINING PROJECT

This year long module involves individual research in the environmental sciences with the topic suggested by and closely directed by a supervisor. The work will develop research skills through learning by doing and will be presented as a seminar and in the form of a research paper. The project differs from Year 3 project in requiring greater time and higher expected standards of research design and application of data. This module is restricted to UG students on the MSci programme only.

ENV-7026Y

60

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

Name Code Credits

GEOSCIENCES FIELD COURSE TO SPAIN

THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO INTEGRATED MASTERS (MSci STUDENTS) Pre-requisite: at least one of the following: ENV-5004B Solid Earth Geophysics, ENV-K5004B Solid Earth Geophysics with field course, ENV-5018A Geodynamics, ENV 5011A Sedimentology, ENV-5029B Earth Sciences Lab skills, ENV-5030B Earth Sciences Skills. This module is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects through the development of field observation, recording and interpretation skills in areas of classic field geology. The focus of this field course is folded and metamorphic solid geology which form alpine belts which bound sedimentary fill of a basin. The sedimentary fill provides a World class example of basin analysis - sediments represent different stages of basin evolution and different depositional environments under varied climatic conditions, post-depositional uplift, and incision in a now-arid region. The regional setting is an active strike-slip fault system, with associated Miocene sub-marine volcanism.

ENV-7039K

20

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

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE: PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS

Climate change and variability have played a major role in shaping human history, and the prospect of a warming world as a result of human activities (principally via changing atmospheric composition) presents society with an increasing challenge over the coming decades. This module covers the science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate. It provides details about the approaches, methods and techniques for understanding the history of climate change and for developing climate projections for the next 100 years, supporting further study of the scientific or policy aspects of the subject in either an academic or applied context. Starting with an introduction to the changing climate, techniques and approaches, and the main themes in current climate research, the module is structured around three topics: (1) fundamentals of the changing climate: techniques and approaches, including the Earth's energy balance, causes of climate change and the greenhouse effect; (2) research methods, consisting of empirical approaches to climate reconstruction (such as tree-ring research), assembly of observational data (focusing on the global temperature record) and data analysis (causes of recent climate change) and theoretical or model-based approaches (including an introduction to energy balance models and general circulation models); (3) the history of climate change and potential causal mechanisms, concentrating on the period from 1000 CE to the present and climate projections out to 2100 CE The module is lecture based but supplemented by compuyter modeling practical classes and student-led seminars.

ENV-7014A

20

ENERGY ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS

This module includes an induction team exercise designed to give an overview of bothe renewable energy sources (wind, wave, tidal, solar) and non-renewable energy sources (oil, gas, coal, nuclear). The module begins with a team-based study of a specific challenge culminating in a presentation to industry specialists. A significant part of the module concentrates on engineering mathematics related to energy engineering and includes fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

ENG-7001A

20

RESEARCH TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE

The module allows engagement in Earth science research topics at an advanced level and involves advanced study skills. The module will be strongly research lead and based around student-centred learning. The module will involve a) engagement with appropriate research seminars in the School of Environmental Sciences and b) directed research based around key topics with discussions and student seminars. The topics included will vary from year to year, depending on current research programmes, but they are likely to include topics in sedimentary geology, sedimentology, palaeoclimate, geological resources, Earth history, the Earth system, nuclear waste repository sites, carbon dioxide sequestration. The module is designed to develop students' research and scientific communication skills in addition to imparting specialist knowledge. Students will be encouraged to read widely on Earth science topics, gaining skills in literature searches, scientific comprehension and synthesis. Students will gain skills in scientific discussion via small group tutorials with Earth scientists who have a variety of backgrounds. Students' participation in research seminars will strengthen specialist knowledge and critical skills. The module will involve a) engagement with appropriate research seminars in the School of Environmental Sciences and b) directed research based around key topics with discussions and student seminars. The topics included will vary from year to year, depending on current research programmes, but they are likely to include topics in sedimentary geology or sedimentology, palaeoclimate, Earth history, the Earth system, natural hazard.

ENV-7018A

20

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

(20 credits in SEM1 and 20 credits in SEM2)

Name Code Credits

OIL AND GAS ENGINEERING

The aim of this module is to expose students to the technical and commercial realities of production and supply of oil and gas including both upstream and downstream aspects. An overview of the subject leads to a number of specific case studies provided by practising engineers. A number of assessment techniques are used, from numerical analysis to research for a briefing document and debates. There will be some team-based elements. What follows is indicative because each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers.

ENG-7012A

20

THEORY OF WATER WAVES WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

This course provides an introduction to the theory of water waves. It requires some knowledge of hydrodynamics and multivariable calculus. The unit is suitable for those with an interest in Applied Mathematics. Overview: Free surface problems occur in many aspects of science and everyday life. Examples of free surface problems are waves on a beach, bubbles rising in a glass of champagne and a liquid jet flowing from a tap. In these examples the free surface is the surface of the sea, the interface between the gas and the champagne and the boundary of the falling jet. We will study aspects of linear and nonlinear water waves using analytical techniques.

MTHE7002A

20

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

Note that no more than one module with the same timetable slot e.g.EE can be taken in one semester

Name Code Credits

APPLIED STATISTICS

This is a module designed to give students the opportunity to apply statistical methods in realistic situations. While no advanced knowledge of probability and statistics is required, we expect students to have some background in probability and statistics before taking this module. The aim is to introduce students to R statistical language and to cover Regression, Analysis of Variance and Survival analysis. Other topics from a list including: Extremes and quartiles, Bootstrap methods and their application, Sample surveys, Simulations, Subjective statistics, Forecasting and Clustering methods, may be offered to cover the interests of those in the class. BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE you have taken CMP-4004Y or CMP-4005Y or CMP-4006Y or have an equivalent basic knowledge of probability and statistics.

CMP-7008B

20

WAVE, TIDAL AND HYDRO ENERGY ENGINEERING

This module studies renewable energy sources that use the energy stored in water to produce electrical energy. An examination is made into the potential energy and kinetic energy stored in water, either implicitly through waves/tide or explicitly in hydro. Devices for energy extraction from waves are examined with the effect of wave height, period and speed considered but an essential focus is on wave forces on offshore structures of any type. Tidal energy extraction devices are also studied with design decisions regarding the tide-pool considered. Finally the design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software. Practicalities are discussed such as the characteristics of regions that are suitable for each of the energy generation modes and how measurements can be made as to a site's likely energy output.

ENG-7004B

20

WIND ENERGY ENGINEERING

Wind energy is the main provider of renewable energy and the source that is receiving the majority of investment in both the UK and overseas, making its study vital to energy engineering. This module begins by examining the kinetic energy of air and the design of wind turbines to extract this energy. Relationships between wind speed, blade area, turbine height and resulting output power are studied. Different turbine designs are briefly examined and comparisons made of their effectiveness. Issues regarding placement of wind turbines are discussed as well as the choice of onshore or offshore locations. Practical considerations are discussed and include data collection of wind speeds for possible wind farm sites and implications of optimal spacing of turbines. The focus is on developing Excel skills using wind energy as the context.

ENG-7003B

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

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Mathematics at 6 and one other HL subject at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Maths credits.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject area.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall with at least 70% in Maths

Entry Requirement

A level Mathematics or equivalent.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time. 

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 admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

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

  • A Level AAB or ABBB including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Mathematics at 6 and one other HL subject at 6
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including Mathematics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass 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 Mathematics
  • BTEC DDD in a science related subject
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 80% with 70% in Mathematics

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 (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 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 

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference will be asked to attend a selection interview at the UEA. Selection interviews 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. If an applicant is located overseas we will arrange a telephone interview. 

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.

Special Entry Requirements

A level Mathematics or equivalent.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Alternative Qualifications

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

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above.

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 Office prior to applying please do contact us:

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

Please click here to register your details online 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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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515