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Course summary

Overview 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. About This Course 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. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


Core modules: climate change: physical science basis; dissertation; energy and climate change; research skills. Optional modules: climate change and development 1: science, impacts and adaptation; climate change and development 2: governance, policy and society; environmental assessment effectiveness; environmental pollution - science, policy and management; geoengineering the climate: science and policy; GIS and its applications for modelling ecological and environmental change; modelling environmental processes; natural resources and environmental economics; ocean observing systems; research topics in earth science; science, society and sustainability; stable isotope geochemistry; statistics and modelling for scientists using r; sustainable consumption; theory of environmental assessment.

Assessment method


Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Meteorological Society, Royal

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good 1st degree, minimum 2.1 or equivalent, in environmental science or a related discipline. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10500 Whole course
Scotland £10500 Whole course
Wales £10500 Whole course
International £21250 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

UEA offers a limited number of scholarships for International students of up to 50 per cent of the value of tuition fees; these awards are based on academic merit.

Climate Change at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS