University of East Anglia Oceanography

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University of East Anglia Oceanography

University of East Anglia Oceanography

BSc Meteorology and Oceanography

This unique degree gives you the chance to learn how both the atmosphere and the oceans work and interact. No other UK university offers this subject combination, but the two disciplines are equally important in understanding the Earth’s climate system and our impact upon it.

The course is taught jointly by our Environmental Sciences and Mathematics departments, both of which are highly ranked for research – 1st for impact and 7th for quality in the UK respectively – so you’ll benefit from our academics’ diverse and world-class expertise.

The degree incorporates extensive field courses that will expose you to advanced scientific instruments, compulsory modules that lay the scientific foundations for understanding the environment, and a wide range of optional modules that enable you to focus on different themes. You’ll also undertake an independent research project in your final year to bring all of your training together.

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Overview

The University of East Anglia is currently the only University in the UK where it is possible to study these two specialist subjects side-by-side in a combined degree format. The course is designed to provide you with an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives you a detailed understanding of the Earth’s climate system, alongside the impact of human society on the atmospheric and oceanic systems.

Because the degree programme is taught jointly between the Schools of Environmental Sciences and Mathematics, you will have an opportunity to choose from a range of module options, enabling you to pursue either a wide portfolio of subjects or specialisation in a particular area.

Two week-long field courses provide you with valuable hands-on experience designing experiments and working with scientific instrumentation. You will also benefit from our own in-house weather forecasting company, “WeatherQuest”, which provides valuable teaching support and an opportunity to spend a week working 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 at a variety of universities.

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.

Course Structure

This three year degree programme begins with a year of compulsory core modules to establish your knowledge on essential topics. You will have the chance to select from optional modules in the second and final year in order to allow you to direct your own studies. In the final year you will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a subject of your choice.

Year 1
A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the general scientific principles governing our environment, including Global Environmental Challenges and Understanding the Dynamic Planet. Multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science allow you to develop the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists and Field Skills.

Year 2
As the course progresses you will undertake a range of compulsory scientific modules, including Meteorology and Waves, and Tides and Shallow Water Processes. Mathematics for Scientists continues to develop your capacity for mathematical theory. You will also have the option to take a Meteorological Field Course in the Lake District.

Year 3
During your third year of study you will undertake an individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in professional depth. You also choose from a range of modules relevant to the oceans and/or atmosphere, allowing you to advance your physical/dynamical understanding of the climate system and its variability, and/or to develop skills in atmospheric and/or marine chemistry.

You will also undertake a free choice module from any school across the university, subject to permission. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your scientific skills with business acumen or take a foreign language to improve your international employability.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used in different modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, field notebooks and seminar presentations. In most modules the assessment is weighted 67% examination, 33% coursework. Skills based modules and field modules are assessed by 100% coursework.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

ENV-4001A 20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

ENV-4015Y 20

PROBABILITY AND MECHANICS

MTHB4007B 20

RESEARCH AND FIELD SKILLS

ENV-4004Y 20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

ENV-4005A 20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following units. Assignments will be made according to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH’S SYSTEM I

ENV-4007B 20

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH’S SYSTEM II

ENV-4008B 20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points including HL Mathematics at 5 and one other HL subject at 5
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2 including Mathematics
  • Access Course 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.
  • BTEC Only accepted alongside A-level Mathematics
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall including at least 70% in Mathematics

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

A level Mathematics or equivalent.

General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

5We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Mathematics FS3

Interviews

– The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe 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 to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

 

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.

MSci Meteorology and Oceanography

This unique, four-year degree gives you the chance to learn how both the atmosphere and the oceans work and interact. No other UK university offers this subject combination, but the two disciplines are equally important in understanding the Earth’s climate system and our impact upon it.

The course is taught jointly by our Environmental Sciences and Mathematics departments, both of which are highly ranked for research – 1st for impact and 7th for quality in the UK respectively – so you’ll benefit from our academics’ diverse and world-class expertise.

The degree incorporates extensive field courses that will expose you to advanced scientific instruments, compulsory modules that lay the scientific foundations for understanding the environment, and a wide range of optional modules that enable you to focus on different themes. You’ll also study advanced, Masters-level modules in your final year and complete an in-depth research project.

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Prospectus

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Overview

The University of East Anglia is currently the only University in the UK where it is possible to study these two specialist subjects side by side in a combined degree format. This exciting four-year programme offers an integrated approach to studying the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, their interactions, and external influences on them.

The course is designed to provide you with an insight into how the atmosphere and oceans work and interact. This approach gives you a detailed understanding of the Earth’s climate system, alongside the impact of human society on the atmospheric and oceanic systems. The Meteorology and Oceanography course also embraces a range of disciplines, from climatology to theoretical seismology and volcanology.

Taught jointly by the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Mathematics, and in collaboration with the School of Computing Sciences, this degree programme enables you to develop a critical awareness of issues at the frontier of research, along with a comprehensive understanding of research methods and their limitations. You will gain the qualities of self-direction and originality in applying knowledge, solving problems and conducting research.

Many of our Meteorology and Oceanography students have gained valuable experience 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.

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.

Course Structure

The first three years of the programme will follow the same profile as the BSc Meteorology and Oceanography, with the exclusion of the third year research project. In the fourth and final year you will study a range of Master’s level modules, as well as undertaking a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests.

Year 1
A series of compulsory modules introduce you to the general scientific principles governing our environment, including Global Environmental Challenges and Understanding the Dynamic Planet. Multi-disciplinary modules from the wider Faculty of Science allow you to develop the essential analytical skills you will need during further years – including Maths for Scientists and Field Skills.

Year 2
As the course progresses you will undertake a range of compulsory scientific modules, including Meteorology and Waves, and Tides and Shallow Water Processes. Mathematics for Scientists continues to develop your capacity for mathematical theory. You will also have the option to take a Meteorological Field Course in the Lake District.

Year 3

During your third year of study you will undertake an individual research project, allowing you to investigate a specialist area in professional depth. You also choose from a range of modules relevant to the oceans and/or atmosphere, allowing you to advance your physical/dynamical understanding of the climate system and its variability, and/or to develop skills in atmospheric and/or marine chemistry.

You will also undertake a free choice module from any school across the university, subject to permission. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your scientific skills with business acumen or take a foreign language to improve your international employability.

Year 4
During your final year you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research in a topic that matches your interests. You will also choose from a range of optional advanced modules including Wind Energy Engineering; Wave, Tidal and Hydro Energy Engineering; The Carbon Cycle and Climate Change; Dynamical Oceanography.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used in different modules, ranging from 100% coursework to 100% examination. Coursework assessment methods include essays, written discussions, class tests, problem sheets, laboratory reports, field exercises, field notebooks and seminar presentations. In most modules the assessment is weighted 67% examination, 33% coursework. Skills based modules and field modules are assessed by 100% coursework.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

ENV-4001A 20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

ENV-4015Y 20

PROBABILITY AND MECHANICS

MTHB4007B 20

RESEARCH AND FIELD SKILLS

ENV-4004Y 20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

ENV-4005A 20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following modules. Assignments will be made according to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH’S SYSTEM I

ENV-4007B 20

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH’S SYSTEM II

ENV-4008B 20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit

 

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

 

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.