Predicting climate and climate change is a major challenge facing the scientific community.
The oceans regulate the climate of the planet through storing and transporting heat as well as modifying properties of the overlying atmosphere. Complex issues such as climate change and sea level rise can only be understood if the role of the ocean and atmosphere is fully appreciated.
This degree provides an understanding of how the ocean and atmosphere operate in the climate system, as well as offering a strong grounding in mathematics.
It is offered in collaboration between the Department of Mathematics in the School of Physical Sciences and the internationally renowned National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool, providing excellent preparation for careers in computer modelling in oceanography, meteorology or environmental monitoring.
Programme in detail
You will acquire a broad knowledge of mathematics and the analytical and numerical techniques for solving problems, and the ability to apply those techniques with confidence. You will gain an understanding of how the climate system behaves, how the atmosphere and ocean transport heat, why jets and eddies emerge on a rotating planet, how tracers are transported and mixed, and how these processes affect the growth of phytoplankton.
The degree in Mathematics with Ocean and Climate Sciences at Liverpool is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
Department Key Facts
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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 research into the vulnerability of marine species and habitats to fishing, global climate change and coastal development 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 field teaching
Field teaching is at the centre of learning in all years, because it gives students a practical hands-on experience to gain an understanding of the natural environment that cannot be achieved in the classroom alone. Our residential field course locations currently include Pembrokeshire, Devon and the west coast and highlands of Scotland but we also regularly get out into the local area around North West England and North Wales.
Broaden your perspective by experiencing study overseas
All of our students organise and undertake an independent study visit overseas to a country of their choice. This gives you vital scientific work experience on a subject that interests you. You will also learn about the culture and biodiversity of another country and expand your network of contacts. An increasing number of our students take the chance to study abroad during their second year with one of our exchange partners in countries such as Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Sweden.
Benefit from our excellent facilities and partnerships
Our outstanding facilities include our custom-built remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), long-term field study sites, and the Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL). Students use the CTL’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for practical work, field work and analytical skills such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Liverpool hosts the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) who contribute to research-led teaching. Local, national and international partners including World Museum Liverpool, RSPB and the Marine Biological Association help with field teaching and research projects.