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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    There is a pressing need for people who understand both the environmental and social complexities of climate change. This new degree programme offers you the chance to study climate change from a unique multi-disciplinary perspective in one of the world’s leading university departments for the study of climate change.Why is climate change such a difficult problem to tackle? This innovative undergraduate degree programme uses the insights, methods and skills of environmental geography and environmental social science to study the historical, environmental, social, economic and political dimensions of climate change. The programme allows students to understand the natural and human drivers of climate change and the varied responses of individuals and societies around the world to the challenges climate change raises. This requires a broad range of disciplinary perspectives and an ability to understand how different approaches for studying climate change complement each other. Although the emphasis is on the human dimensions of climate change, a solid grounding in the natural sciences is also an integral part of the degree programme. An undergraduate programme on climate change from such a strong multi-disciplinary perspective has not before been offered in the UK. This degree is also unique by being taught by some of the world’s leading academics who have studied climate change from this inter-disciplinary perspective.
    This programme is offered by the School of Environmental Sciences and is co-ordinated by Professor Mike Hulme, a renowned geographer and climate change expert and founder of the Tyndall Centre. You will take core modules on the history of climate change science, climate politics, and climate change risk, communication and ethics and also be able to choose from a wide range of other modules to tailor this degree to meet your specific interests.
    Study Environmental Geography and Climate Change at UEA and find out the answers to the following questions and many more...

    • When did scientists first realise humans were altering climate?
    • What is the role of population growth in climate change?
    • Is it possible to prevent dangerous climate change?
    • How do scientists communicate uncertainty about future climate predictions?
    • Why has negotiating global climate treaties been so difficult?
    • Have the media made it easier or harder for people to understand climate change?
    • Do world religions have any part to play in managing climate change?
    • Are proposed geoengineering solutions safe?
    • Is it unethical to fly?
    • Should people be labelled ‘climate deniers’?
    • Why do people perceive the risks of climate change differently?
    • How can Pacific islands adapt to sea-level rise?
    • Are there technological solutions to climate change?
    • What are the costs of climate change?
    • Why are there controversies about climate change science?
    • Should developing countries be paid to keep their forests intact?
    • How can energy consumption in the western world be reduced?
    • How are the risks of flooding reduced?

    Projects and Seminars Project based seminars will include topics such as the role of newspapers, films and books in communicating climate change, scientific controversies, what climate change means in developing countries, and how different societies adapt. Guided by a member of Faculty you will be able to complete your own projects in these areas and many others relating to your own interests in climate change.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU £9,000; International £14,900

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Year 1

    In the first year you will take a range of modules to introduce you to a variety of environmental and development issues. You will also gain essential scientific, numerical and analytical skills that will be built upon in the following years.

    Year 2

    You will continue to build upon the theme of natural and sustainable resources for development with the compulsory modules. You will also be able to choose modules from the substantial range that is available enabling you to specialise in one particular area or maintain a broad spectrum of interests.

    Some options outside of the School can be taken, allowing you to explore your other interests, for example, a foreign language, politics or a biological subject.

    Year 3

    You will undertake an independent project in your final year and have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, whilst doing this.

    You will also continue to be able to choose from a range of optional modules on your return to UEA to complement this time away.

    Study Abroad

    All students have the opportunity to spend the autumn semester of the final year studying or working in the developing world, whilst simultaneously undertaking an independent research project. Study destinations include Fiji, Mauritius, Vietnam, India, Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon and Egypt.

    Your time abroad will be spent studying in a related department on an established course of study at an institution recommended by UEA.

    Alternatively you can gain first-hand work experience in the developing world by opting for our overseas work experience module.

    You will be able to benefit from existing links within the School of International Development to arrange placements in teaching, conservation or community care in places such as Peru, Togo, Mongolia, Thailand, Nepal and Kenya.

    If overseas experience isnt for you, the independent research project can be completed at UEA during the final year.

    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 today’s 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.

    Financial Benefits

    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.

    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.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    • A Level: AAB
    • International Baccalaureate: 33 (incl 3 HL subjects at grade 6)
    • Scottish Highers: AAABB
    • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
    • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAABB
    • Access Course: See below

    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.

    Gap Year

    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

    Applicants are asked to have at least one science based A2-level or equivalent. Acceptable science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics.
    General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.


    The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

    Alternative Qualifications

    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 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Science credits.

    GCSE Offer

    Students are required to have Mathematics and English at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • 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.

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