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Climate Change BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): F764; F763
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time / four years with placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The need to address the climate emergency is now clear and pressing. A key part of our response is ensuring people have the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to build a green, low emission and climate-resilient future. As our economies transform to meet this challenge there is an increasing need for passionate graduates who can answer the demands of a changing job market. Climate change experts are required to help lead within business, government and the public sector, non-governmental organisations and research.

This exciting new course will immerse you in the interactions between climate, ecosystems and landscapes. You'll evaluate the human impacts on biophysical systems, on components of the climate system and the reciprocal impacts on human activity. You’ll learn about the effectiveness of different climate and energy policies, the performance of policy interventions and adaptation strategies, all within the context of debates about environmental governance and environmental justice. Climate change isn’t just a dimension to this course – it is the course.

  • You'll be based at our Brackenhurst Campus – the perfect place to put theory into practice. From Geographical Information Systems (GIS), renewable energy solutions, conservation methods and natural flood management, there's a huge range of professional tools, technology and facilities on your doorstep.
  • Study at one of the UK's most environmentally friendly universities – NTU has achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award and invested in many environmental-impact innovations.
  • Put your learning into practice and boost your career with a work placement. There are also additional work-like experiences and simulations in your modules that are informed by employers from different sectors.
  • You'll be taught by an interdisciplinary team who work together on applied research addressing climate change in fields as diverse as ecology, wildlife conservation, geography and environmental science.

What you’ll study

This multidisciplinary course explores climate change from every angle with a range of modules in each year.

Earth Systems

Learn about the Earth’s surface systems,  processes and geology and develop your understanding of how the physical landscape is shaped.

Atmosphere, Weather and Climate

Explore the Earth's climate system, weather patterns and the ways in which these are being altered by human activity to cause the global climate emergency.

Geographies of Global Change

Explore the geopolitical and cultural framework in which the world moves today, and investigate trends, transactions and patterns in environmental governance. Topics include globalisation, the geography of trading, and the changing status of women in the global economy.

Global Environmental Issues

Study contemporary global environmental issues and their underlying causes, including how humans impact the environment and how the natural environment impacts human society.

Practical and Professional Skills

Develop an understanding of a range of practical and professional skills, including data collection, data analysis and report writing.

Climate and Society

You'll learn about the interrelationships between society and environmental change by exploring the social causes of climate change, the costs and benefits of different solutions, and the challenges and opportunities of collective responses to climate crisis.

Experimental Design and Analysis

Cultivate an understanding of research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis, and data presentation.

Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

Study the mapping and analytical techniques used in geographical information systems (GIS). Explore the applications of technology across a wide range of topic areas.

Global Climate Emergency

Study the science of climate change, consider the ethical conflict, analyse political arguments, and apply reasoning to the resolution of this pressing environmental problem.

The Biosphere in a Changing Climate

Learn the key concepts that help us understand the patterns of past and present species distribution and the part climate change plays in altering these distributions. You'll evaluate management interventions that may assist biosphere resilience and nature-based solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Sustainability

Appraise the contrasting theories, explanations of, and approaches to sustainability. Review the barriers between the theory and the practice of sustainable development.

Natural Hazards and Disasters

This module explores environmental hazards which directly threaten human life or economic well-being. You’ll examine their physical causes and social impacts alongside assessing the threats they pose. You'll also explore the actions needed to manage the aftermath of environmental hazards and reduce disaster potential.

Placement year for students on the four-year course.

Dissertation

Undertake independent research, under supervision. Focus on your own area of interest within climate change.

Environmental Justice

Engage critically with the relationship between global social justice, international development and the climate crisis. The debates about the links between climate change and social inequalities at international, national and local scales are at the centre of this module.

Mitigation and Adaptation in Practice

You'll work on climate change mitigation and adaptation scenarios provided by employers, an opportunity for you to participate in a ‘real- world’ project related to your degree. This module focuses students on reflection to combine their learning in relation to their future career aspirations.

Energy for a Low Carbon Future

Investigate how to harness and distribute safe, clean energy from sources that do not deplete with use. Consider the depletion of fossil fuels and the increasing demand for energy and evaluate the choices available for the future.

Optional modules (choose two of the following):

Water Resources

Study the process by which water and solutes move through a drainage basin, alongside basin management, land use management, and water quality issues. You’ll also look at sustainable drainage basin management for supplying drinking water, covering current national and international concerns in water resources.

Natural Resource Management

Explore the principles underlying the exploitation of natural resources, and cultivate a critical awareness of the social, economic and political importance of natural resource management. You will also evaluate the complex nature of managing natural resources.

Applications of Remote Sensing

You’ll learn how to process, analyse and interpret information from a range of existing remote sensing techniques. You'll also obtain information for mapping and spatial analysis using data from both historical and the very latest high resolution sensors.

Global Agriculture and Food Security

Gain an insight into the global agricultural industry and investigate the concepts of production in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. You’ll learn about the current agricultural practice and policy in the UK and EU, investigate current scientific advances, explore issues relating to harvesting and production of food from sustainable sources, and consider global food security.

The Cryosphere

Study the physical basis of the cryosphere, including glacial and former glacial environments. Topics include glacial thermal regime, glacial motion and erosion, the development of glacial landforms and the impact of climate change on the cryosphere.

How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork. You'll also get the chance to take part in residential and non-residential field trips throughout the course.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

Staff Profiles

Sally Little

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Sally Little is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences and Course Lead for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science. Sally Little researches the impact of environmental

Nicholas Midgley

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Nicholas Midgley

Steven Godby

Principal Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Steven Godby

Marcello Di Bonito

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Marcello Di Bonito

Julia Davies

Head of Department

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Julia Davies

Ben Clutterbuck

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Ben Clutterbuck

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (83%), written exam (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%), written exam (17%)

Careers and employability

Your future career

The course will equip you to work in a rapidly developing and fast-moving sector. Climate change adaptation is a challenge for the whole economy, and you’ll be able to pursue a career within:

  • adaptation advisory and analytics services
  • sustainable energy use and generation
  • insurance and reinsurance
  • environmental law
  • local and national government
  • national and international NGOs
  • sustainable transport and logistics
  • food security and agriculture
  • environmental consultancy.

You could also progress on to postgraduate study.

Placement opportunities

You can choose to take an optional placement year in industry at the end of your second year of study. This work experience will enable you to develop your skills and put your knowledge into practice in a working environment. This experience is highly valued by future employers.

Potential placement opportunities exist in organisations such as:

  • Environment Agency
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Severn Trent Water.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Study takes place at Brackenhurst Campus, a 200-hectare rural teaching estate 14 miles from Nottingham near the idyllic market town of Southwell. The combined benefits of modern teaching, computing and accommodation facilities with natural woodland, wetland and farming estate provides the perfect learning centre for the study of climate change. Our outdoor classroom enables students to test their knowledge and the physical application of their studies.

We have a lively community of students at Brackenhurst supported by:

  • modern accommodation
  • a Students' Union and bar
  • sports pitches
  • a library.

However, if you prefer city living you can commute from Nottingham in 45 minutes by bus. Study at NTU and you can split your time between our stunning Brackenhurst Campus and the vibrant city of Nottingham. Live on campus or in the city – it’s your experience, your choice.

Find out more about the facilities at Brackenhurst Campus.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK which will contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. There will be a maximum charge of £400 for overseas residential fieldwork that is compulsory to your course. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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