Climate Science BSc (Hons)

Key information


Please note that this course may be subject to change, and is pending formal validation.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our earth system, biodiversity and public health. Our oceans, cryosphere, land and atmosphere, as well as the ecosystems they support, are being exposed to warming, sea level rise, coast erosion, habitat and biodiversity loss and pollutants. We need to understand the fundamental science behind our changing climate in order to develop solutions to these global environmental challenges.

Programme in detail

The programme in Climate Science aims to provide students with core knowledge on the impact of climate change on our Earth System through modules in ocean sciences, ecology, physical and human geography. The programme is focused on developing problem solving, numerical and practical skills through training in numerical coding, laboratory classes and research-focused projects. Alongside learning about the fundamentals of climate science, you will be introduced to adaptation and mitigation options and sustainability.

We have strong links with scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool, who provide guest lectures and supervision of projects.‌

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

120 Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences first year students 2018

Graduate prospects

93% of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Facts and figures

1st UK university to open a Department of Oceanography

Why this subject?

Be part of a group whose world-leading research is helping to tackle today’s greatest environmental challenges

Our multidisciplinary research is helping organisations such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to develop sustainable management plans.

Bring your studies to life with laboratory and field teaching

Fieldwork for our Oceans Sciences degree programmes takes place in local coastal waters and elsewhere in the UK (for example we currently run field classes in North Wales and off the west coast of Scotland). Time spent in laboratory and in the field varies considerably depending on which program you are registered on. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.

Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships

Our unique partnership with the Marine Biological Association allows us access to their specialist staff, laboratories and research vessel. We also have close links with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), based in Liverpool and access to custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), and the award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL).

Be inspired by our culture of research excellence in a friendly environment

Project work, carried out within the research groups, will allow you to use research equipment and the latest techniques.

Apply for summer internships and placements

A number of paid summer internships are offered, working alongside an academic in the University, at the NOC or elsewhere. These present a great opportunity to develop data analysis and modelling skills that will help you achieve your future employment or study ambitions.