MSc Climate Change
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 year
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Develop your scientific skills and knowledge, and learn about the natural science and societal issues underpinning climate change, through an MSc that’s never been more essential. Climate change and variability have played major roles in shaping human history – and the prospect of global warming resulting from of human activity will present us with demanding challenges over the coming decades.
This MSc in Climate Change is designed to provide you with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change science, society and policy. You’ll have the freedom to direct your studies depending on your interests and career destination.
As a graduate of this course, you’ll have strong employability potential in many areas including academic research, business consultancies, industry, policy-making, or government research agencies.
Based within the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV), this course will give you an authoritative understanding of climate change – including recent climate history, present-day variations and climate prediction. Many lecturers on the course are part in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) - widely recognised as one of the world's leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change, and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – who provide evidence to inform society’s transition to a sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient future.
Through different modules, you’ll discover the fundamentals of the changing climate, including the Earth’s energy balance, the global circulation of the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, and the causes of climate change and variability. You'll study the evidence and causes of climate change over the last two millennia up to the present day, including the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases and its consequences for the behaviour of the Earth system.
You’ll study climate model projections of the future, from temperature and sea-level changes on global scales, to extreme events such as drought. You will also learn about research methods, data preparation and analysis, how we detect anthropogenic changes to climate, and theoretical or model-based approaches to climate prediction.
You will also consider climate change from the viewpoint of energy generation and usage. You'll learn about the key relationships between energy, fossil fuels and the economy, by drawing on historical analyses to understand how energy systems have evolved in the past. You will also examine the role that scenarios play in exploring energy futures. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of changing energy systems, enabling you to critically engage with debates around future “energy transitions”, the role that innovation and emergent technologies might play, and the various challenges of shifting towards renewable based energy systems.
Study and Modules
This MSc in Climate Change is a one year full-time course. You’ll take two compulsory modules each worth 20 credits. “Physical basis of climate change” and “Energy and Climate”- which are designed so that together you’ll achieve an understanding of climate change from its origins in human activity, through the physical science underpinning its effects on our world, to the changes that are needed to reduce emissions and mitigate global warming.
“Physical Basis of Climate Change” covers the physical science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate, while “Energy and Climate” examines how current energy resources, technologies and services produce greenhouse gas emissions, drawing on both historical evidence and theories of change to explore prospects and potentials for transforming the energy system.
You’ll then choose three other 20-credit modules. Our setting within the school of Environmental Sciences is designed to provide you with both in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change giving you the freedom to focus more on either the natural or social sciences.
You will also complete a research dissertation related to some of the compulsory elements of the course that are of particular interest to you. It’s worth 20 credits for the Research Skills module and 60 credits for the dissertation.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 60)
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. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with 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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
This high quality degree programme combines intellectual challenge with relevance to current environmental issues. Through choosing your own taught modules, you’ll create a course that suits your own interests and career goals. All of our teaching is informed by up to date research, helping you to become familiar with today’s most pressing issues.
You’ll be trained in the techniques of climate research and gain an authoritative and up-to-date view of natural and anthropogenic climatic change. You’ll also look at climate history, present-day climate variation and climate prediction, and the effects of climate variability on human welfare and the natural world.
This course will give you an excellent balance of independent thinking and study skills, helping you grow into a self-motivated learner, an expert researcher and an analytical thinker.
You'll develop accuracy and precision in your written work through assessing evidence, and become confident in time management, organisation and self-directed study.
We’ll use a variety of assessment methods across different modules – most modules are 100% coursework, a few are part-examination.
Our coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, and seminar presentations. Skills-based modules and field modules are assessed 100% by coursework.
Essays and reports give us the chance to assess how well your bibliographic material has been researched and discussed, problem solving and project-based work allows us to assess your numerical and practical skills, while field-based modules also help us assess your practical skills.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Environmental Science or a related discipline across the social sciences, arts, and science.
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £10,500 (full time)
International Students: £21,250 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
Our MSc Climate Change programme will open the doors to a wide variety of careers. You could go into environmental consultancy, postgraduate research (e.g. PhDs), fundamental or applied academic research, local government, utilities, health, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), climate impacts and policy, scientific publishing, or government research agencies, to name a few.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of organisations that our graduates have gained employment with include:
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
University of Oxford
Nature Publishing Group