Taught course

Climate Change

University of East Anglia · School of Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in Environmental Science or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

There is a growing need for experts in this field, as climate change plays a major role in shaping the world we live in, with the prospect of global warming as a result of human activity presenting us with plenty of future challenges.


This course provides an authoritative assessment of the climate change, including climate history, present-day variations and climate prediction. Study also explores the ways in which ideas of climate change impact on the environment, society and human welfare, including the role of climate science in policy development. Students learn research methods, data preparation and analysis i.e. theoretical or model-based approaches to climate prediction.


The ways in which climate change is understood by societies and how it influences the development of policy and stimulates social action is a key component of the course. The course also covers the fundamentals of the changing climate including the Earth’s energy balance, circulation of the atmosphere, causes of climate change and variability, plus the greenhouse effect. Students are encouraged to interact with the course content via a series of student-led debates.


The MSc in Climate Change is based in the Climatic Research Unit at the School of Environmental Sciences, consisting of a community of researchers including students, staff and technicians. The School is the largest interdisciplinary Environmental Science department in the UK. 88% of its research is classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework. Extensive investment in UEA’s buildings and laboratories provide excellent facilities for continued research.


The course is designed to provide valuable interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change science, society and policy. The content studied equips graduates for careers in areas as diverse as government agencies, business consultancies and academia.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components); PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components).

Fees and funding

Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515