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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 Industry programme involves four years of study with the first two years being spent at UEA following the BSc Meteorology and Oceanography programme. The third year is spent on an industrial placement with a relevant scientific placement provider. You will return to UEA for your fourth and final year.
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.
Year In Industry
Completion of a Year in Industry programme will ensure you graduate with relevant work experience, putting you one step ahead of other students. This exciting degree programme provides you with this opportunity.
There is no greater asset in todays competitive job market than relevant work experience. A Year in Industry will give you first-hand knowledge of not only the mechanics of how your chosen field operates but it will also greatly improve your chances of progressing within that sector as you seal valuable contacts and insight. These courses will also enhance your studies as theory is transformed into reality in a context governed by very real, time and financial constraints.
Our Industrial Links
We have well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond. Over 100 of our students have undertaken year-long placements as part of this programme. The fine work undertaken by the students leads to an ever growing network of employers who have experienced the positive benefits which come from offering a placement opportunity. We can help you to tap into this network and also provide other ideas of organisations who you might contact. Our students have worked in environmental roles within Local and National Government, in SMEs and Multinationals, for Environmental Consultancies and Research Institutes and with Conservation groups and NGOs.
A big attraction to this type of course, apart from the enhanced career prospects, is that students will pay much reduced tuition fees for that year (see fees and funding tab). In addition, of course, you are typically paid by the placement provider during the year, a great way to help fund your studies.
For the latest on financial arrangements for our Year in Industry students please visit the UEA Finance webpage.
How it Works
The Year in Industry degree programmes are four years in length with the work placement taking place during your third year. Placements constitute a minimum of nine months full-time employment and a maximum of 14 months.
In Years 1 and 2, we will help you prepare for an industrial placement by running workshops to raise awareness of key issues and to encourage networking. We will make sure you are fully aware of all the organisations who have previously hosted our placement students. We will also advertise all current placement opportunities of which we are aware. Our Careers service will be on hand to help with your applications. With this support, you will take the lead in securing your own placement - not only will this ensure that you work within your preferred field of Environmental Sciences, it will also provide you with the essential job-hunting skills you will require after graduation. Throughout the work placement itself, you will keep in close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA and your mentor will also visit you in your place of work during the year. In your placement year you will also undertake a Work Based Learning module which will help you to reflect on and get the very most from the placement experience.
Please note that we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers and students will be expected to source these placements themselves. If you were unable to secure a work placement by the end of your second year you will have the option to apply to be transferred onto the equivalent three-year degree programme without a Year in Industry.
The Year in Industry was one of the best choices I could have made for my career. It enabled me to gain valuable technical skills and responsibilities, essential for improving my employability as well as developing industry contacts.
Bex Holmes, BSc Environmental Sciences with a Year in Industry Placement at Atkins Ltd
I was reemployed by my placement provider BRE and owe this important start in life and my career to the Year in Industry programme. I really think it provides opportunities and essential experience for the workplace and hope it goes from strength to strength in the future.
Roger Connick, BSc Environmental Sciences with a Year in Industry Placement at BRE
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
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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.
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.
Students are required to have Mathematics and English at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.
No work experience is required.
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