MSci Environmental Geography and Climate Change


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

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

You’ll study a wide range of environmental challenges using multidisciplinary research skills, as well as analysis of media communication and governmental policy. You’ll have the chance to tailor your degree to your own interests in the second and third years, culminating in an in-depth final year research project and Master’s level modules in advanced topics.

Overview

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

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

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

  • Is it possible to prevent dangerous climate change?

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

  • What are the innovation challenges and technological solutions for climate change?

  • What is the physical basis for climate change in atmospheric and oceanic processes?

  • How can energy consumption in the western world be reduced?

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

Course Structure

The first three years of this four year degree programme follows a similar structure to the BSc Environmental Geography and Climate Change, before allowing you to study advance Master’s modules in your fourth and final year.

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

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

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

Year 4
During your final year you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests. You will also study advanced level subjects chosen from a wide range of optional modules, such as Sustainable Consumption and Energy and Climate Change.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

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

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

SUSTAINABILITY, SOCIETY AND BIODIVERSITY

Striking a balance between societal development, economic growth and environmental protection has proven challenging and oftentimes contentious. The concepts of `sustainability' and `sustainable development' have been coined to denote processed aiming to achieve this balance. Yet this has been hampered by contestation and ambiguity surrounding these concepts. This module introduces sustainable development, and examines why sustainability is so difficult to achieve, bringing together social and ecological perspectives. This module considers sustainability in theory and practice by examining the relationships between environment and society, through the contributions of a variety of social science disciplines. It also explores sustainability from an ecological perspective, introducing a range of concepts relevant to the structure and functioning of the biosphere and topics ranging from landscape and population ecology, to behavioural, physiological, molecular, genetic and chemical ecology. This module is assessed by coursework and an examination. TEACHING AND LEARNING A series of lectures in this module considers sustainability in theory and practice by examining the relationships between environment and society, drawing upon contributions from social science disciplines and perspectives (e.g. politics, health assessment, participation). These lectures, complemented by seminars and practicals introduce sustainable development, explore how interpretations have evolved over time, analyse how these are used by groups and interests in society, and examine the challenges of its implementation. These are followed by lectures which consider interactions between human societies and natural ecosystems, the anthropogenic impacts on biomes, ecosystems, communities, populations and the genetic diversity of individuals. The introduce approaches and ideas fundamental to modern quantitative conservation ecology. The practicals include an introduction to ecological communities, measuring ecological diversity, elementary statistical analysis, field exercises involving terrestrial environments and field trip to a nature reserve to examine relationships between landscape management and/or one or more approaches to measuring biological diversity. Self-directed reading provides opportunities for the students on this module to explore and reflect on these and other aspects in more detail. This module is intended to give you a flavour of the issues, themes and considerations relating to biodiversity, ecosystem services and human development. It does not require in-depth prior knowledge of social sciences, biology chemistry or physics.

ENV-4006B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following units (based on Maths experience)

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

THIS MODULE CAN NOT BE TAKEN WITH ENV-4002Y or ENV-4003Y. This module is designed for students who have mathematics at GCSE-A grade; or have AS or A2 maths below grade C. This module will consolidate GCSE level mathematics and develop your quantitative skills further in order to broaden the range of quantitative Environmental Science modules you are able to take at Level 5 and 6. It will also cover the most important statistical methods that you will need during the rest of your career in ENV, including ways of summarising data using both numerical summaries and graphs, testing hypotheses and carrying out these analyses on computers. An important part of this module is applying these quantitative skills to applied environmental and geographical problems. This module is assessed by formative assessment and course test / examination.

ENV-4011Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

THIS MODULE CAN NOT BE TAKEN WITH ENV-4003Y. This module is designed for students in the Faculty of Science with A2 or AS level mathematics. 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 following modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.

ENV-4002Y

20

NUMERICAL SKILLS FOR SCIENTISTS

THIS MODULE CAN NOT BE TAKEN WITH ENV-4002Y This module is about revising GCSE level mathematics and learning how to apply these skills to solving applied environmental science problems. It is designed for students who have a GCSE in maths at grade C or B or equivalent level and will cover essential mathematics (algebra, indices and scientific notation, manipulating and solving equations, units, accuracy and errors, reading graphs, logs, exponentials, trigonometrical functions, concept of rate of change, and an introduction to calculus). It will also cover the most important statistical methods that you will need during the rest of your career in ENV, including ways of summarising data using both numerical summaries and graphs, testing hypotheses and carrying out these analyses on computers. An important part of this module is applying these quantitative skills to environmental and geographical problems. This module is assessed by formative assessment and course test / examination.

ENV-4003Y

20

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

Name Code Credits

GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVES

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

ENV-4010Y

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. 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 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

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

Name Code Credits

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 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

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. It offers a historical perspective on how climate has influenced society, on how global climate change has developed as a scientific object of enquiry, and on the difficulties and controversies over policies and politics on this issue, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. The course gives grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.

ENV-5003A

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING

The most significant obstacles to problem solving are often political, not scientific or technological. This module examines the theoretical and empirical development of contemporary environmental politics. It is structured to analyse these issues from different theoretical perspectives, particularly theories of power and public policy making. The module is focused on dynamic examples of environmental politics and policy making at UK, EU and international levels. The module encourages and supports student-led learning by enabling students to develop their own theoretical interpretations of real world examples of politics. These are explored in seminar presentations and in an extended (4000 word) case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics/social sciences.

ENV-5002B

20

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

Name Code Credits

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

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 laboratory work and three field visits. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module can be taken alongside hydrology or geochemical modules, it fits well with other ecology modules and can fit well with modules in development studies. Pre-requisite requirements are: An A-level in a biological subject, a biologically biased access course or any 1st year ecology module in ENV or BIO. 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. To do well in this module, students need to show that they can use primary literature to illustrate or contradict ideas introduced in lectures: There will be one formal session that shows how to do this. Practical work is an important part of this Module and is an opportunity to develop skills in taxonomy mainly using microscopes, chemical analysis of freshwaters, field observation, working in small groups, mini-lecture presentation, writing a research proposal and statistical analysis of ecological data. If interested in a career in ecology, the usual route is via a higher degree (Masters or PhD), for which a first or 2:1 is needed. This might lead into research or management work, either in an academically orientated environment or in industry. An alternative path is via casual or voluntary work leading ultimately into conservation or management, but bear in mind that many committed and keen people follow the same route and competition for permanent and paid jobs can be intense. There are also opportunities to enter relevant employment directly after graduation. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the management, monitoring and legal regulation of many aspects of freshwater, estuaries and coastal waters, is a potential employer. Consulting engineers and many multinational companies have environmental departments that tackle aquatic projects. For this type of work, students might combine ecological modules with management options, or with more physical sciences such as soils, hydrology, hydrogeology, water resources, oceanography and environmental chemistry. Careers in international development on the natural resources side may also benefit from a background in freshwater science.

ENV-5001A

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

This module is designed to teach skills necessary for the acquisition of good quality chemical data in environmental systems, and in the interpretation of this data. The module will focus on the collection of environmental samples for chemical analysis, methods of chemical analysis and the analytical and mathematical techniques used for data quality control. There will be a large component of practical work. This module will be particularly relevant for those wishing to do a chemistry-related project later in their degree. TEACHING AND LEARNING The module is structured around practical classes which will focus on the planning and implementation of field sampling, the preparation, storage and chemical analysis of environmental samples and the subsequent interpretation of the data acquired. Lectures will be used to provide supporting information for this exercise and more general information on broader aspects of analytical chemistry not covered in the practical classes. During the first half of the module, practical work will be based around analysis of samples collected by the class from UEA Broad and the River Yare. The second half of the module will be an independent study (mini-project) exercise, in which small groups will conduct more detailed investigations of the chemistry of the natural water bodies around UEA campus. There will be weekly non-assessed feedback on laboratory results during the module and a feed-forward formative assessment associated with mini-project topic selection. COURSE CONTENT: The module will cover field sampling strategies and techniques for preparing and storing chemical samples. There will be a strong focus on laboratory chemical analysis and on the mathematical manipulation of raw laboratory results, including quality control of data and critical comparison of results obtained using different methods. Interpretation of chemical data in its environmental context will also be covered. CAREER PROSPECTS The skills taught in this module have direct relevance to careers involving chemical analysis, with potential employers including the Environment Agency, environmental consultancies and research organizations (including postgraduate degree programmes). The broader skills associated with the use of critical analysis and independent and group work are widely valued in a wide range of professions.

ENV-5027B

20

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

MARINE SCIENCES FIELDCOURSE

This 11 day 20 credit field course studies physical, chemical and biological coastal oceanographic processes and will probably take place in June. The course includes lectures and practical experience of oceanographic instrumentation, chartwork, numerical analysis of data using matlab and a poster presentation at ENV. The second week of the course will take place in Oban, using the oceanographic research ships and laboratory facilities of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory http://www.sams.ac.uk. The course has no pre- or co-requisites, however it will be of particular relevance to those who have studying ENV-5016A Ocean Circulation, ENV-5019A Chemical Oceanography and ENV-6055A Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN ONLY ENROL ONTO THIS MODULE VIA AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE SCHOOL AND NOT VIA THE STANDARD MODULE ENROLMENT PROCESS. ALSO THE MODULE RUNS IN THE SUMMER PRIOR TO THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR.

ENV-5020K

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. It covers research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. It is recommended for any student intending to carry out a social science-based research project.

ENV-5031B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS WITH FIELDCOURSE

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. The module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. This will cover different perspectives on research, developing a research question, research design, research ethics, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and includes quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. The learning outcomes will be for students to be able to demonstrate: (i) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant concepts and principles (ii) Ability to apply concepts and principles to the design of social science research (iii) Knowledge of some of the main methods of enquiry (iv) Ability to evaluate critically different approaches (v) Ability to present effectively a research proposal, both orally and in writing. The module will include a field course at Easter based in Keswick, an area which provides excellent opportunities for studying a range of geographical and environmental issues, including flooding, low-carbon energy developments, spatial contrasts in economic development and landscape management. The first part of the field course will consist of four days of faculty-organised activities where students will be able to practice questionnaire surveys, interviewing and other social research methods. During the final two days students will work in small groups to plan a research investigation from a list of pre-defined topics. Each group will present their research proposal on the final afternoon of the field course as a piece of formative assessment and the individual members will then write separate short reports on their proposal as their second item of summative assessment for the module. There will be an additional charge for students to attend the field course, though the cost is substantially reduced through financial support from ENV.

ENV-5036K

20

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

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

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

ENV-5015A

20

CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

Life on Earth began in the oceans and the oceans continue to have a major influence on global ecosystems and climate. The chemical composition of seawater is fundamental to the existence of life in the oceans - it is the life support system on which marine productivity is based. Investigating the distribution of nutrients in the ocean allows us to understand the processes that control marine productivity and its impact on global climate, as well as the effect of anthropogenic over-supply of nutrients (eutrophication) on the natural system. Phytoplankton growth in the ocean produces gases that can influence atmospheric composition and climate. Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere directly affect the marine carbon cycle and cause Ocean Acidification, which threatens to cause considerable harm to marine ecosystems. Direct intervention in the chemical composition of the ocean has been proposed by some as potential geo-engineering solutions to help mitigate the effects of global climate change. This module explores all of these major issues and demonstrates the central role that the oceans play in global biogeochemical cycles and the Earth System.

ENV-5019A

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

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

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

SOIL PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

This module will combine lectures, practicals, seminars and fieldwork to provide students with an appreciation of the soil environment and the processes that occurs within it. The module will progress through: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change.

ENV-5012A

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

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

Name Code Credits

CLIMATE SYSTEMS

This module is about understanding the processes that determine why the Earth's climate (defined, for example, as its temperature and moisture distribution) looks like it does, what are the major circulation patterns and climate zones around the world and how do they arise, how and why the climate can change in time over different timescales, and how we can 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 and climatology, and also want a base for any future study of climate change, such as students doing the Meteorology/Oceanography or the Environmental Geography and Climate Change degrees. Note that Meteorology I (ENV 5008A) is a prerequisite for this module. After completing this module, students should be able to: # Understand the processes that control the energy balance of the atmosphere (following on from ENV-5008A) # Explain the temperature and moisture structure of the atmosphere # Understand the science underlying regional and global circulations and climatic zones (complementing level M/6-level Global Circulation and Dynamical Oceanography, feeding into M-level Physical Science Basis of Climate Change) # Identify how and why climate changes on a variety of timescales (feeding into M-level Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, M-level Geoengineering) # Use this knowledge to understand other climate.

ENV-6025B

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

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is challenging, in large part because of this complexity. 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'. The complexity of the carbon cycle leads to a truly inter-disciplinary module, incorporating elements of chemistry, ecology, physics, mathematics and geography. We also consider several human dimensions such as: how to 'decarbonise' the UK; geoengineering the climate; how to deal with climate denialists; how to verify greenhouse gas emissions; and the policy relevance of the carbon cycle. The understanding of the carbon cycle gained from this module is an important foundation for all climate change studies. Emphasis is given to the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field.

ENV-6008A

20

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

Name Code Credits

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY

The global biodiversity crisis threatens mass species loss. What are the implications for society? How can communities solve this problem in a world that is facing other challenges of climate change, food security and justice? This inter-disciplinary module focused on the interactions between biodiversity and human societies is designed for students of Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology and International Development who have an interest in biodiversity. The module adopts a rigorous evidence-based approach. Classes first critically examine the human drivers of biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity to human society, to understand how underlying perspectives and motivations influence approaches to conservation. We then examine conflicts between human society and conservation and how these potentially can be resolved, reviewing institutions and potential instruments for biodiversity conservation in both Europe and developing countries. Although particularly relevant to Ecology students with an interest in biodiversity conservation, the module is also suitable for Environmental Science or Geography students who have not taken ecological modules; where a simple understanding of ecological principles is important to understanding material, these will be reviewed in class. There are no formal pre-requisites. The module is particularly relevant for students who have previously taken one or other of: ENV-5014A Population Ecology and Management; ENV-5002B Environmental Politics and Policy Making; BIO- 5014B Community, Ecosystem and Macro-Ecology; or DEV-5013Y Natural Resources and Development. At Level 6 it is complementary to: ENV-6012B Natural Resources and Environmental Economics; ENV-6024B Science, Society and Sustainability; or DEV-6005B Contemporary Issues in Resource Development and Conservation.

ENV-6006A

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

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:

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

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: MEASUREMENT AND MODELLING

Air pollution is one of the most significant environmental problems of the 21st century, with serious implications for human health and mortality, ecosystem and infrastructure damage, and climate change. This module will look at cutting-edge, state-of-the-art methods used to measure and monitor air pollutants at urban, regional and global scales, and how these measurements are interpreted using a variety of numerical models and graphical tools.

ENV-6020B

20

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY

This module examines the microbial processes that underpin our dependence on the marine environment for 'services' such as climate modulation and nutrient regeneration. The module will cover the evolution, biodiversity and molecular 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 employability visits to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

ENV-6005A

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

FIELD COURSE TO EAST AFRICA

This fourteen-day field course to a remote part of north-western Kenya is set provisionally to run in late June/early July 2016 and only if 24 students accept a place with a waiting list of at least six reserves. A significant personal contribution towards costs is required and students must also pay for their own vaccinations and entry visa (because these costs vary between individuals). In most years, students stay in Kenya for two weeks after the field course for holidays that they have organized themselves. The field course is likely to be based in the Marich Pass Field Studies Centre in West Pokot and will be advertised in November 2015 via emails to eligible students. Applications are made directly to the Module Organizer. Places will be offered by email and must be accepted before the Christmas Break.

ENV-6015K

20

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

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FIELD COURSE TO SPAIN

Pre-requisite: at least two of the following: ENV-5003A Climate Change: Science and Policy; ENV-5018A Geodynamics: Earth's Engine; ENV-5021A Hydrology and Hydrogeology; ENV-5022B Low Carbon Energy; ENV-5028B GIS Skills for Project Work; ENV-5031B or ENV-5036K Social Research Skills for Geographers and Environmental Scientists; ENV-5034A Geomorphology. The module will use the same Urra field centre in the Almeria region of southern Spain as ENV-6029K Geosciences Field Course to Spain and there will be some overlap in the sites visited and material covered. As a consequence, students may not take both of these field courses to Spain. This module is designed to promote a deeper understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human society in particular geographical contexts through a field-based teaching and project work in Almeria, southern Spain. This region provides classic examples of landform evolution and arid environments, as well as experiencing major socio-economic changes in recent decades. Field activities will focus on such issue as agriculture, water resources, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. Methods for evaluating potential natural resources, siting new developments and landscape-scale planning will be implemented and assessed. These techniques are applicable to many aspects of geography and the environmental sciences, as well as being relevant to a range of future careers.

ENV-6030K

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (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 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 20 - 60 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 AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is an energy problem. The conversion and use of energy is responsible for the significant majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing emissions to mitigate climate change implies a transformation of the current global energy system. The required energy transition must include changes in technologies, behaviours, policies, infrastructures and whole systems. To avoid the impacts of climate change associated with a >2oC rise in mean global temperatures, future energy transitions must be deep, pervasive, long-term and sustained. This module examines energy transitions for climate change mitigation from a range of perspectives, focusing on the long-term. First, the implications for climate change of current energy resources, technologies and services will be evaluated. Second, evidence from history on the drivers and dynamics of energy transitions will be considered. Third, socioeconomic scenarios of future change over the 21st century will be used to explore the prospects and potentials for mitigating climate change by transforming the global energy system. Scenarios will be critically analysed from both technological and sociotechnical perspectives, supported by relevant concepts and theories. Particular emphasis will be placed on innovation challenges and needs. Fourth, the energy system and integrated assessment models used to quantitatively analyse climate change will be reviewed, and integrative energy system challenges considered.

ENV-7029B

20

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

Name Code Credits

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EFFECTIVENESS

BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course. The overall field course charge is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum (in the region of GBP300) to cover attendance. Further information is available from the module organiser.

ENV-7021K

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION - SCIENCE, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

This module aims to engage students in understanding complex interdisciplinary challenges associated with environmental pollution management via detailed studies of selected pollution issues. Students will develop skills in quantifying and analysing problems and developing and presenting effective policy responses.

ENV-7030B

20

EVIDENCE BASED BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

The global biodiversity crisis and mass species loss has major implications for society - how can we solve these problems in a world challenged by climate change, population growth and the need for socio-economic development. This is an inter-disciplinary module focusing on the critical evaluation of scientific evidence as a basis for biodiversity conservation policy, strategy and instruments. It is of particular interest to Applied Ecology and Conservation MSc (AEC, BIO) students and is compulsory for MSc students of the International Master in Applied Ecology (IMAE, ENV) and for the MSc in Environmental Sciences Pathway in Ecology and Economics for Sustainability. Students attend an initial block of lectures critically reviewing the context for biodiversity conservation, socio-economic drivers of biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity to human society, challenging the assumption that ecosystem services are synonymous with conservation and exploring how differing perspectives influence conservation approaches. We examine conflicts between biodiversity conservation and livelihoods, and review approaches for resolving these (including market-based approaches, Payments for Environmental Services, and REDD+). The module is assessed by coursework designed to develop transferable skills of evidence-based scientific appraisal, including: identification of relevant evidence needs, evaluation of the quality of evidence, synthesis of policy and research implications. Assessments develop communication skills through succinct communication of scientific evidence and are supported by feed-forward formative exercises. CO-TAUGHT WITH ENV-6006A

ENV-7005A

20

GIS AND ITS APPLICATIONS FOR MODELLING ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module will provide essential GIS tools and principles that will be applied to modelling ecological responses to environmental change, focusing on habitat and climate change. Core GIS skills will be delivered, these include field data collection and extraction of data from national and global ecological (e.g. land cover and land use) and climate databases (e.g. BADC, EU Ensembles). It will also include the manipulation of such vector and raster files using techniques such as buffers and overlays and more advanced context operators. Particular attention will be paid to understanding the uncertainties associated with such analyses. These skills are key in many areas of ecological research, but are particularly useful for the creation of variables needed for modelling environmental change. Skills will be continually assessed through online assessment. Understanding and modelling ecological responses to environmental change is essential to better manage natural resources, optimize ecosystem services and minimize biodiversity loss. Recent research shows climate can affect the functioning of communities and ecosystems through phenology mismatches and range shifts. This module will explore species and ecosystem responses to climate and habitat change, at various spatial scales from local to landscape change using GIS tools. There will be extensive emphasis on practical GIS skills which will be delivered using the open source QGIS software. Students will also be introduced to GIS with R.

ENV-7034A

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (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. MSci STUDENTS NOTE, TO TAKE THIS MODULE YOU CANNOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN ENV-6004A OR EQUIVALENT

ENV-7003A

20

SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Advances in science and technology have transformed the world we live in and have increasing potential to disrupt environment and society for good and bad. This situation is particularly problematic in addressing pressing sustainability challenges. Science remains one of the main means of understanding environmental problems and technology can offer important possible solutions to them. Yet, science and technology are also causes of these problems in the first place, with some unintended consequences and effects only just being realised. This, coupled with unacknowledged social and ethical implications, fuels problems of public trust, controversy and resistance to certain forms of science and technology. It is increasingly realised that these problematic relations between science, society and politics form one of the main barriers to action on environmental and sustainability issues from global to local scales. This module provides an essential grounding in understanding these relationships and ways to improve them, explored through grand challenges such as energy, climate change, and natural hazards. The module provides students with an advanced introduction to the field of science and technology studies and its links with geography and environmental science. It is taught through lectures, seminars, practical exercises and in class discussions and debates in three sections: Part 1: Science, politics and power; Part 2. Science, society and the public; and Part 3: Governing science and sustainability.

ENV-7038B

20

STATISTICS AND MODELLING FOR SCIENTISTS USING R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics that has rapidly gained popularity among scientists, and which is now the most commonly used software tool in several environmental sciences. R provides a wide variety of statistical techniques (including linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, etc.). One of R's strengths is the capacity to produce publication-quality figures, including mathematical symbols and formulae. Using the R software as a platform will equip students with a flexible statistical and modelling tool, and the "R way of statistics" greatly facilitates the understanding of modelling and statistics. The insights gained and skills learned during this module will be used by students throughout their careers. This will significantly enhance students' employability and makes ENV-MA12 a flagship M-level module of the UEA.

ENV-7033B

20

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

This module investigates the impacts of consumption on social and environmental systems, and how these might be reduced. It presents the key theories and debates around sustainable consumption, and critically examines a range of strategies for achieving it, covering governmental, business, community and individual actors. A mainstream 'green growth' policy approach to sustainable consumption is contrasted with an alternative 'new economics' 'steady state economy' model, and we examine a range of perspectives on what drives consumption patterns. Workshop exercises to apply these theories to 'real world' examples will provide experiential learning opportunities. We then critically assess a selection of sustainable consumption initiatives in detail, for example local organic food, eco-housing, Transition Towns, local currencies and community-based behaviour-change campaigns. Students will be required to critically evaluate social science theories so some background in social science is stongly recommended (although not compulsory).

ENV-7025A

20

THEORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them. If not already compulsory, students are recommended to take ENV-7021K

ENV-7020A

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.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB or ABBB including Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Geography at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Geography
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including Geography
  • 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 Geography credits
  • BTEC Only accepted alongside A-level Geography
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including at least 70% in Geography

Entry Requirement

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


General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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 Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Geography at 6
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including Geography
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Geography
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Geography
  • 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 Geography
  • BTEC DDD in a science related subject
  • European Baccalaureate Overall 80% including 70% in Geography

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 Geography 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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