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Plotting the path to a sustainable future – NTU’s new BSc (Hons) Climate Change degree

Plotting the path to a sustainable future – NTU’s new BSc (Hons) Climate Change degree
01 Feb
At NTU, we want to make sure our graduates are leading the way in building a green, low emission and climate-resilient future. That’s why we’ve launched a brand-new BSc (Hons) Climate Change degree for 2022 entry

The need to address the climate emergency is now clear and pressing. Following COP26 our response is more important than ever. A key part of this is ensuring people have the knowledge, skills and attributes needed as our economies transform. Passionate climate change experts are required to help lead within business, government and the public sector, non-governmental organisations, and research.


The new course examines the interactions between climate, ecosystems and landscapes. It evaluates the human impacts on biophysical systems, on components of the climate system and the reciprocal impacts on human activity. Study topics include 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.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach and exploring climate change from every angle, there are a range of modules studied in each year:

Year one modules

  • Earth Systems

  • Atmosphere, Weather and Climate

  • Geographies of Global Change

  • Global Environmental Issues

  • Practical and Professional Skills

  • Climate and Society

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Year two modules

  • Experimental Design and Analysis

  • Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

  • Global Climate Emergency

  • The Biosphere in a Changing Climate

  • Sustainability

  • Natural Hazards and Disasters

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Final year modules

  • Dissertation

  • Environmental Justice

  • Mitigation and Adaptation in Practice

  • Energy for a Low Carbon Future

  • Water Resources (optional)

  • Natural Resource Management (optional)

  • Applications of Remote Sensing (optional)

  • Global Agriculture and Food Security (optional)

  • The Cryosphere (optional)


Based at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus – a 200-hectare rural estate that acts as an outdoor classroom – the course emphasises putting theory into practice. From Geographical Information Systems (GIS), renewable energy solutions and an innovative vertical farming set-up, to conservation methods and natural flood management, there's a huge range of professional tools, technology and facilities right on site.

The degree is taught by a passionate team who work together on applied research addressing climate change in fields as diverse as ecology, wildlife conservation, ageography and environmental science. The course features hands-on learning and boasts an exciting range of work-like experiences, industry placements and sustainable field trips.

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The course is designed to put graduates in jobs that tackle some of the planet’s toughest issues. Climate change adaptation is a challenge for the whole economy, and there are careers available 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.

Find out more about the course and how to apply on our website.

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