Climate Science BSc (Hons)

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Career prospects

With the Climate Crisis upon us, there has never been a better time to study Climate Sciences: to understand the drives of climate change,  how the oceans and land are responding to our warming climate, why and where sea level is rising, and how these changes are affecting ecosystems on land and in the ocean. Our degree programmes are designed to provide you with the skills to tackle these global environmental challenges. 

Recent employers

Graduates of the Climate Science degree programme will have sound knowledge of the fundamental science behind climate change, skills to detect and monitor change in a range of environments and insight into sustainability and mitigation strategies. Together, these skills will help tackle our ability to detect and respond to our changing climate. The employability options are extensive and include:

  • Government agencies (Environment Agency, Met Office)
  • Environmental consultancy and management
  • Climate research
  • Accountancy and insurance brokers
  • Education.

Work experience opportunities

We have competitive bursaries to support four to six week summer placements for students in Years Two and Three. Placements can be based with staff within our Oceans group, with researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, or elsewhere. These placements are great opportunities to gain practical experience and work on a specific research project.

Postgraduate opportunities

More than 40% of our students go on to further study on master’s or PhD programmes in the UK and abroad. We offer postgraduate opportunities in Ocean Sciences via our four-year integrated master’s programme (F710), and PhD research opportunities are available through our joint training programme with the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Manchester.

Qualifying you for life

Our research funding organisation, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), recently performed a study to identify critical skills gaps in the environment sector, defined as the 'parts of the UK that significantly rely on, or generate, knowledge concerned with the state and
condition of the Earth'. The top five skills identified as being needed in the environment sector were: computer modelling, multidisciplinarity, data management, numeracy and communication.

Our degree programmes are designed to provide Climate Science students with these skills through training in industry standard software for modelling and data management, development of quantitative and communication skills throughout the degree programme. On graduating, you will be a highly employable climate scientist ready to tackle global environmental challenges.

Katie Burton
Geology and Physical Geography BSc (Hons)

Senior Environmental Consultant
Caulmert Ltd

I am currently a Senior Environmental Consultant at an engineering, environmental and planning consultancy, offering a broad range of consultancy services. I work with a team of design engineers, environmental scientists, hydrologists, geologists, planners and more. An average day is in the office, undertaking desk-top studies, report writing and dealing with clients and regulators, but I can often be involved in site work which keeps things interesting. I specialise in water management, investigating the causes of flooding, and possible solutions to flooding problems for private developers or local authorities. In my job, I often have to undertake surveys, mapping and investigating the physical characteristics of a site. All the fieldwork I did during my degree was an enormous help in giving me the basic skills I needed in a graduate role.