BSc Meteorology and Oceanography

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BSc Meteorology and Oceanography

University of East Anglia
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The University of East Anglia in Norwich is currently the only place in the UK where it is possible to study for a combined degree in Meteorology and Oceanography. We are the only university to teach these two specialist subjects side by side. Four year options incorporating a Year in Europe, North America, Australasia or in Industry are available.

The degree programme is designed to provide an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives students a detailed understanding of the Earth's climate system. Because the degree programme is taught within the School of Environmental Sciences the student will have an opportunity to choose from a range of course o…

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The University of East Anglia in Norwich is currently the only place in the UK where it is possible to study for a combined degree in Meteorology and Oceanography. We are the only university to teach these two specialist subjects side by side. Four year options incorporating a Year in Europe, North America, Australasia or in Industry are available.

The degree programme is designed to provide an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives students a detailed understanding of the Earth's climate system. Because the degree programme is taught within the School of Environmental Sciences the student will have an opportunity to choose from a range of course options, enabling either a wide portfolio or specialisation. The course also considers the impact of human society on the atmospheric and oceanic systems. The Meteorology and Oceanography programme uses mathematical techniques as the main tool of investigation and the students receive teaching and support from the School of Mathematics at UEA. Two week-long fieldcourses in Oceanography and Meteorology provide all students with valuable hands-on experience designing experiments and working with scientific instrumentation.

The BSc in Meteorology and Oceanography benefits from our own in-house weather forecasting company, "WeatherQuest", providing valuable teaching support. All students on the degree programme are invited to spend a week working with WeatherQuest in order to gain commercial awareness of the meteorological industry. Many of our Meteorology and Oceanography students have gained valuable experience on research cruises whilst conducting the fieldwork for their final year project.

Graduates of the programme have gone on to work for the British Antarctic Survey, the UK Meteorological Office, WeatherQuest and a variety of universities.

Study Meteorology and Oceanography at UEA and find out the answers to the following questions and many more...

  • How has the climate changed since the last ice age?
  • How is human society affected by climate change?
  • What factors determine the Earth's climate?
  • How do humans pollute the atmosphere?
  • What is acid rain?
  • How will sea-level rise affect coastal areas?
  • What forces generate tides?
  • How much pollution can the ocean withstand?
  • Can the deep ocean support life?
  • How do clouds form?
  • What drives the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans?
  • What is El Nino?
  • What is a frontal system?
  • Why does it rain?
  • Can the weather be predicted?
  • What happens during a thunderstorm?
  • What is a hurricane?
  • What are the solid features of the ocean?
  • How does seawater differ from freshwater?

Field Course Options

Field courses and practical classes are an integral part of training our meteorology and oceanography students. You will be introduced to the problems of studying these unique aspects of the planet and learn a variety of practical techniques using specialist equipment through the field courses available.


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Entry Requirements A Level: ABB (including A level Mathematics) International Baccalaureate: 32 (incl 3 HL subjects at grade 5, to inc HL Maths) Scottish Highers: AABBB (including Maths) Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB (including Maths) Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB (including Maths) Access Course: See below European Baccalaureate: 75% overall (including Maths) 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.

Interviews

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

A level Mathematics or equivalent.

Intakes

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 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 Maths credits.

GCSE Offer

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

Environmental science is a rapidly progressing, vibrant and exciting field of study with excellent career prospects in the UK and beyond.

Environmental Science is a modern scientific discipline that will have a profound effect on human society as environmental concerns become paramount at the beginning of the 21st century.

A human population of over 6 billion demands energy, transport, and technology, while climate change threatens the security of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. Management of pollution and waste is essential to protect human health. Global environment change is eroding the planets biological diversity. Natural hazards threaten infrequent but catastrophic disasters.

Solving these urgent problems requires the expertise of trained environmental scientists. In ENV you will be trained to understand the complex interactions of human society with the bio-geosphere and to provide solutions for enhanced industry and sustainable economies. Inter-disciplinary scientists are needed to communicate the solutions and influence policy at local, national and global scales.

Volcanology, seismology, ecology, conservation, meteorology, oceanography, environmental economics, environmental politics, geochemistry, soil science, climate change and energy resources are just a few of the subjects you could study. Whether you choose to study a broad range of the environmental sciences or specialise in one field, you can be sure that your degree will be challenging and inspiring from beginning to end.

In the 2012 National Student Survey, the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA gained a 96% satisfaction rate, putting the department at joint 5th in the UK, above universities like Southampton and Exeter. Teaching was a particular highlight of the survey, and as a School, Environmental Sciences came in joint 2nd with a rating of 97% satisfaction.

UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students

Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

International Students

The Meteorology and Oceanography courses have 1 £1,000 year one scholarship available for 2013 entry. The Scholarship deadline is 15th January 2013. Please contact the Admissions office at env.ug.admiss@uea.ac.uk for more information.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Please click here to access further information about scholarships available to international students.

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