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Course content

Based in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at 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.

Through different modules you’ll discover the fundamentals of the changing climate, including the Earth’s energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere, causes of climate change and variability and the greenhouse effect. You will also learn about research methods, consisting of empirical approaches to climate reconstruction (e.g. tree ring analysis), data preparation and analysis, detection of anthropogenic changes and theoretical or model-based approaches to climate prediction. You will study the evidence and causes of recent climate change with a focus on the period from 1 AD to the present, including the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases and its consequences for the behaviour of the Earth system.

You’ll also explore how climate change impacts on the environment and society, understand the complex links between energy use and climate, and prospects for emissions control at the national and international level.


Course Structure

On this course you’ll take two compulsory modules each worth 20 credits. “Physical basis of climate change” and “Energy and Climate”- which are designed so that together you’ll achieve an understanding of climate change from its origins in human activity, through the physical science underpinning its effects on our world, to the science behind the reduction of emissions to mitigate change.

“Physical Basis of climate change” covers the physical science of climate change and our current understanding of anthropogenic effects on climate, while “Energy and Climate” examines how current energy resources, technologies and services produce greenhouse gas emissions, drawing on both historical evidence and theories of change to explore prospects and potentials for transforming the energy system.

You’ll then choose three other 20-credit modules. Our setting within the school of Environmental Sciences is designed to provide you with both in-depth and interdisciplinary knowledge of climate science giving you the freedom to focus more on either the natural or social sciences.

You will also complete a research dissertation looking at the general area covered by the compulsory elements of the course. It’s worth 20 credits from the Research Skills module and 60 credits for the dissertation.



Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: http://www.uea.ac.uk

Visit the MSc Climate Change page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!






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