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Master of Science

A Master of Science (MSc) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate programme in the sciences.

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Course overview

The global impacts of climate change are one of the biggest threats facing the world today. Develop your understanding of climate change and the processes which contribute to contemporary environmental problems and threaten to transform our environment.


You will gain the skills and techniques to allow you to reconstruct recent environmental change, along with methods of contemporary monitoring and the context for predicted possible future consequences.

Through a mix of lectures, independent group study, coursework field work and laboratory work, you will develop your analytical research skills so you’ll be able to to conduct first-class research in the field of environment and climate change.

Facilities that you will use during your master’s have recently benefited from substantial investment, meaning you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Studying Environment and Climate Change at master’s level will allow you to draw upon staff expertise from across the School of Environmental Sciences.

Who is this course for?

This programme is perfect for graduates with a degree in an environmental subject (or relevant experience) who want to develop climate change research and influence sustainability policy at all levels.

What you'll learn

  • An understanding of the principles of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction as a means of obtaining information about long-term environmental processes
  • The methods of construction, applications of and strengths and weaknesses of global climate models as well as manipulating climatic time-series
  • An understanding of the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems at various temporal and spatial scales
  • The main drivers of environmental change during the Quaternary and the Holocene (the present interglacial period)
  • The impacts of long-term human activities on the terrestrial and marine environment
  • Training in the use of advanced laboratory techniques such as magnetic, bio-geochemical, sedimentological, environmental modelling techniques and microfossils
  • Independent thinking, critical insights, leadership, team work and a sound understanding of environmental issues (from global to local). Knowledge of regulations and policies at local government level.


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Course content

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Semester one

In semester one, you will undertake four modules that will introduce you to studying Environment and Climate Change at master’s level. Including learning how to conduct in-depth research, how to present your findings, understanding quantitative research methods, how to navigate the political response to climate change, and techniques in soil and sediment sampling.

You’ll get time in the laboratory to learn a number of techniques to support your time on the course, along with time out in the field developing your knowledge of environments such as lakes, peat-bogs, wetland, salt-marshes, and fluvial settings.

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Environment and Climate Change (Field Class) (ENVS425)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

One week of equivalent field days in the northwest British Isles with good access to lakes, peatbogs, coastal systems, rivers, etc. The field days can comprise either a residential week or the equivalent of local/laboratory days. The module comprises a series of introductory days training in field skills using state-of-the-art research locations. Each comprises the field skills and follow-on laboratory analysis. Following the training, in small groups the students develop a project with their own questions applied at one of the field locations reconstructing evidence for environmental changes, e.g. how sea level has changed over 10,000 years, how lakes record evidence of floods, how peat bogs record changes in climate.

Research in Anthropocene Environments (ENVS485)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Research in Anthropocene Environments provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to, and focus on a wide range of potential topics at an early stage in their MSc studies, providing insight into how research spanning this broad theme is undertaken. The only condition for the topic that students select is that it addresses an aspect of an Anthropocene environment (defined here as one which is directly or indirectly human influenced). It is delivered by staff from across the School of Environmental Sciences whose research is intimately linked to the module title, also allowing students to gain a better insight into the wide range of topics that fall under this theme and what research is done in the school. Staff also talk briefly about their own paths into academia to highlight how research ideas and interests evolve. It is assessed by an abstract and a combined large poster/short oral presentation. The latter occurs during a day of presentations, which is designed to mimic an academic conference.

Politics of the Environment (ENVS525)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Increasingly recognition of the environmental threats that we all face means that responding to this crisis affects the decisions we all make at a variety of different scales. This module explores the extent to which environmental concerns are taken into account in various decision-making processes involving the public (government), private and third sectors at a variety of different scales, global, European, national and local. The module is assessed by an essay and an open-book exam, which provides students with significant choice to explore those parts of the module they find most interesting.

Quantitative Research Methods in Environmental Sciences (ENVS433)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces the theory and practice of a number of advanced analytical methods which are commonly applied to a wide range of sedimentary archives. It will also teach how to use laboratory techniques in combination in order to produce environmental reconstructions from core sediments usually collected during the Field Class (ENVS425). The module will focus on two aspects: 1) the physical properties of sediment archives in view of establishing records of environmental changes; 2) the modelling approaches for assessing impact of environmental changes.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

As part of the School of Environmental Sciences at Liverpool, you will learn through hands-on experience in advanced teaching labs and fieldwork programs. You will have access to research-level equipment and resources, and the Department of Geography and Planning master’s programs provide you with specific scientific training and valuable transferable skills for employment.

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Careers and employability

You’ll have lots of choice when you graduate from this programme. Not only is the world of PhD, teaching and post-doctoral research open to you but previous graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of positions in the field of Environmental Science.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

Networking events

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

Previous graduates have gone on to have positions in many areas, such as:

  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Hydrologist
  • Technical Chemist
  • County Council Waste Recycling Officer
  • National Parks Manager
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Technologist Environmental Advisor
  • Policy Officer
  • Clean Water Scientist
  • Waste Management Consultant
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Marine Resource Manager
  • Trainee Weather Forecaster.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £11,600
International fees
Full-time place, per year £26,400
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

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Additional study costs

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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re a new international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of £5,000 off your tuition fees.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

Completed your undergraduate degree, or studied as an undergraduate exchange student, at the University of Liverpool?

You could get a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off the tuition fees for this course from September 2024 entry.

  • £1,500 tuition fee discount for eligible UK University of Liverpool graduates
  • £2,500 tuition fee discount for eligible international University of Liverpool graduates.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

Postgraduate taught and research students from Chile are eligible for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

The University, in partnership with Chevening, is delighted to offer this generous scholarship to students who are studying a master’s programme and who have future leadership potential. Please note that there is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional tuition costs over £18,000. You will still receive all additional allowances.


  • International students
  • Mexico

The University of Liverpool has an agreement with CONACYT to support postgraduate taught and research students from Mexico.


  • International students
  • Mexico

20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught and research programmes. Must be Mexico national.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US and another is available for a postgraduate research student to undertake a three to six month research stay from the US

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

Up to ten awards are available for Masters or Research students from Mexico in receipt of FUNED loans. The award gives students a 20% reduction in fees for all applications received.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

The University is able to offer competitive scholarships for both postgraduate taught master’s and research programmes.

HRM Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

The University is able to offer one award to a new postgraduate taught master’s student from Thailand.

The scholarship is open to all subjects offered as a one-year taught master’s programme.  However, priority will be given to those students who wish to study in a subject area associated with HRH Princess Sirindhorn such as science, IT, medicine, the arts, geography, history and languages.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

Residents of State of Guanajuato, Mexico, wishing to study at postgraduate taught and research levels are eligible for this scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US to cover the cost of tuition fees. Another, to the value of £20,000, is available for Doctoral study visit:

Scottish Power Scholarships

  • Home students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

The Scholarships Programme is designed to train top-calibre professionals in the energy sector, who are capable of contributing to the development of a sustainable energy model that meets the energy needs of society and promotes environmental protection. The scholarships are for graduates and final-year students who have a permanent right to work in the UK after graduation.

The scholarships are for graduates and final-year students who have a permanent right to work in the UK after graduation.

The following subjects are eligible:

-Energy and Power Systems MSc (Eng)
-Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc
-Environmental Assessment and Management MSc
-Environmental Sciences MSc
-Microelectronic Systems MSc (Eng)
-Telecommunications and Wireless Systems MSc (Eng)
-Big Data and High Performance Computing MSc
-Geographic Data Science MSc
-Sustainable Civil and Structural Engineering MSc

Scottish Power have confirmed that they will consider MSc degrees within the themes they have specified and may consider applications from applicants to other programmes if they have relevant undergraduate experience linked to the themes.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

Postgraduate taught and research students from Turkey are eligible for this scholarship, see the Turkish Ministry of Education website for more information.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

The three awards available cover full tuition fees, visas and support for accommodation and living expenses.

This scholarship is open to support people who have recognised status as either refugees or are under humanitarian protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention. This status must be held outside of the UK.

The scholarship is open for all postgraduate-taught programmes, excluding medicine, dentistry, veterinary and nursing.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

The University of Liverpool will award five University of Liverpool International College students, who achieve the highest academic excellence (minimum 75%) in their UoLIC Pre-Master’s programme, the prestigious UoLIC Excellence scholarship.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

University of Liverpool International College recipients of the Kaplan awards will receive the £3,000 Progression Impact Scholarship, deducted from first-year tuition fees, on successful progression to their UoL degree programme.

To be eligible for our Impact Progression Scholarships, students must apply for one of the Kaplan Impact Scholarships demonstrating their commitment to making an impact across issues of importance to the University and Kaplan. Themes include:

Women in STEM
Career Focus (Employability)

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for China

  • International students
  • China

Details are:
1 (one) Full scholarship
2 (two) £10,000 scholarships
5 (five) £5,000 scholarships
10 (ten) £1,000 scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded after the formal registration at the University and will take the form of a fee waiver.

Please note: This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships or bursaries provided by the University.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in a relevant subject.

Applications from those with significant relevant experience and professional qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis.

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
International Baccalaureate

Standard Level 5

TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
Hong Kong use of English AS level C

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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