Taught course

Environment and Climate Change

University of Liverpool · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

The global impacts of climate change are one of the biggest threats facing the world today. Develop your understanding of climate change and the processes which contribute to contemporary environmental problems and threaten to transform our environment.

You will gain the skills and techniques to allow you to reconstruct recent environmental change, along with methods of contemporary monitoring and the context for predicted possible future consequences.

Through a mix of lectures, independent group study, coursework field work and laboratory work, you will develop your analytical research skills so you’ll be able to to conduct first-class research in the field of environment and climate change.

Facilities that you will use during your master’s have recently benefited from substantial investment, meaning you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Studying Environment and Climate Change at master’s level will allow you to draw upon staff expertise from across the School of Environmental Sciences.


  • An understanding of the principles of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction as a means of obtaining information about long-term environmental processes
  • The methods of construction, applications of and strengths and weaknesses of global climate models as well as manipulating climatic time-series
  • An understanding of the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems at various temporal and spatial scales
  • The main drivers of environmental change during the Quaternary and the Holocene (the present interglacial period)
  • The impacts of long-term human activities on the terrestrial and marine environment
  • Training in the use of advanced laboratory techniques such as magnetic, bio-geochemical, sedimentological, environmental modelling techniques and microfossils
  • Independent thinking, critical insights, leadership, team work and a sound understanding of environmental issues (from global to local). Knowledge of regulations and policies at local government level.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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