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The University of East Anglia in Norwich is currently the only place in the UK where it is possible to study for a combined degree in Meteorology and Oceanography. We are the only university to teach these two specialist subjects side by side. Four year options incorporating a Year in Europe, North America, Australasia or in Industry are available. The Year in Europe programme involves four years of study with the first two years at UEA following the BSc Meteorology and Oceanography programme. The third year is spent at a University abroad. You return for your fourth year to UEA and complete the final year modules from the BSc Meteorology and Oceanography.
The degree programme is designed to provide an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives students a detailed understanding of the Earth's climate system. Because the degree programme is taught within the School of Environmental Sciences the student will have an opportunity to choose from a range of course options, enabling either a wide portfolio or specialisation. The course also considers the impact of human society on the atmospheric and oceanic systems. The Meteorology and Oceanography programme uses mathematical techniques as the main tool of investigation and the students receive teaching and support from the School of Mathematics at UEA. Two week-long fieldcourses in Oceanography and Meteorology provide all students with valuable hands-on experience designing experiments and working with scientific instrumentation.
The BSc in Meteorology and Oceanography benefits from our own in-house weather forecasting company, "WeatherQuest", providing valuable teaching support. All students on the degree programme are invited to spend a week working with WeatherQuest in order to gain commercial awareness of the meteorological industry. Many of our Meteorology and Oceanography students have gained valuable experience on research cruises whilst conducting the fieldwork for their final year project.
Graduates of the programme have gone on to work for the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Meteorological Office, WeatherQuest and a variety of universities.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
- EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
- EUR 17400 Year (Non-EEA)
UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £14,900Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
Study Meteorology and Oceanography at UEA and find out the answers to the following questions and many more...
- How has the climate changed since the last ice age?
- How is human society affected by climate change?
- What factors determine the Earth's climate?
- How do humans pollute the atmosphere?
- What is acid rain?
- How will sea-level rise affect coastal areas?
- What forces generate tides?
- How much pollution can the ocean withstand?
- Can the deep ocean support life?
- How do clouds form?
- What drives the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans?
- What is El Nino?
- What is a frontal system?
- Why does it rain?
- Can the weather be predicted?
- What happens during a thunderstorm?
- What is a hurricane?
- What are the solid features of the ocean?
- How does seawater differ from freshwater?
Field Course Options
Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our meteorology and oceanography students. You will be introduced to the problems of studying these unique aspects of the planet and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the field courses available.
At the School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, Norwich we can offer you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a year of your studies abroad.
The year abroad degree programmes are four years in duration. You will spend your first two years at UEA, Norwich. The third year is spent at a university (of your choice) abroad and the fourth and final year is spent back at UEA, Norwich. The overseas placement is subject to satisfactory academic performance during Years 1 and 2. Students on an exchange programme will be expected to pay 15% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year abroad and we will pay the overseas university.
The chance to spend a year abroad can be an experience of a lifetime as well as providing you with:
- Travel opportunities
- The opportunity to learn a second language
- The chance to experience different cultures
- The chance to study topics that we cannot provide here at UEA
Students on the European exchange programmes have the option to spend one year of their studies in either France, Spain or Sweden. We currently exchange with the below institutions and these are reviewed regularly. We will do our best to place you at the exchange university of your choice, however if the demand for a particular university exceeds the places available, you will be placed elsewhere. Language training will be provided for you during your second year at UEA, prior to the year in Europe, therefore we do not expect you to obtain a language A-level for admission. We do however ask that all applicants have a GCSE language at Grade B or above (not necessarily French, Spanish or Swedish).
The European universities that students from the School of Environmental Sciences currently visit include:
- Aix-Marseille II University, France
- Josef Fourier University Grenoble, France
- University of Granada, Spain
- Umea University, Sweden
- Uppsala University, Sweden
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A Level:
ABB (including A level Mathematics)
- International Baccalaureate:
32 (incl 2 HL subjects at grade 6, to include HL Maths)
- Scottish Highers:
AABBB (including Maths)
- Scottish Advanced Highers:
ABB (including Maths)
- Irish Leaving Certificate:
AABBBB (including Maths)
- Access Course:
- European Baccalaureate:
75% overall (including Maths)
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
- PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.
Special Entry Requirements
A level Mathematics or equivalent.
We also require a GCSE modern language Grade B for our Year in Europe programmes.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.
We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Maths credits. GCSE Grade B in an appropriate Language.
Students are required to have Mathematics and English at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level
Students who wish to study at a European university will be required to have achieved a GCSE grade B or above in the language of instruction for the year abroad.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.