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Earth, Climate and Environmental Change

Earth, Climate and Environmental Change

BSc
  • UCAS code F764
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change

The course

Through Science and in everyday life we understand that climate change is happening all around us. As our planet continues to warm up and climate patterns change, bringing extreme and unpredictable weather, environments will become hotter, drier or wetter, the natural resources we rely upon will become increasingly threatened and all life on Earth will be severely impacted.

BSc Earth, Climate and Environmental Change is a new degree designed to develop a strong scientific understanding of Earth system science and how it has shaped today’s world.  This three year course examines many of the greatest challenges faced in the 21st century including natural hazards, resource security and climate change.

You’ll experience teaching that is research-led, quantitative science based,  underpinned by the world-leading expertise of academic research in the Earth Science department, from atmospheric composition, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental diagnosis, to paleoclimates, ocean science and the cryosphere. You’ll benefit from this cutting-edge quantitative physical science research as you engage in a broader and deeper study of the subject,  and you’ll experience the thrill  of working in a research group on real world problems through independent projects.

Underpinning training in core knowledge will be the teaching of key skills used to monitor and inform on environmental change, such as air and water composition, field sampling and observation, remote sensing, data handling, GIS and computer modelling. You will develop your abilities as a quantitative physical scientist, practicing your skills in collecting and analysing raw data with statistical rigour and applying it to understanding physical processes in Earth system science.

You will graduate equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to tackle the scientific challenges of a rapidly changing world, ideally prepared for a scientific or technical career in your chosen field, or ready to progress into postgraduate study.

  • Develop a deep understanding of humanity’s relationship with the planet.
  • Participate in exciting fieldwork opportunities.
  • Choose from a range of optional modules to tailor your learning to fit your interests.
  • Recommended for those who wish to undertake a broader and deeper study of the subject.

Classroom teaching methods are highly diverse including lectures, practicals, tutorials, fieldtrips, and other learning modes. Students will typically spend 75% of each module (90 of 120 hrs) engaged on independent tasks; however, this will vary, module-to-module, to reflect the diverse fields being synthesised, and diverse subject-specific approaches to teaching, with practical lab-based or field-based modules having higher level of classroom time.

Students on this course will benefit from pastoral support from a personal tutor. 

A combination of assessment methods will be used (exam, projects, coursework, moodle quizzes, presentations and team exercises)  and innovative assessment modes will be encouraged as new modules are developed for this course.

A Levels: ABB-BBB

Required subjects:

  • A-level in at least one science-based subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography or Biology.
  • At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.

English language requirements

All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.

The scores we require
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
  • Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 54. No subscore lower than 51.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.

Interview

  • In addition to meeting subject entry requirements, you will need to join us for an informal interview in order to receive an offer.
  • The interview will involve a 15 minute 1:1 conversation with an academic.
  • You will have the option of a face-to-face or Skype interview.
  • The interview gives you the opportunity to talk through your individual passions and discuss your chosen degree pathway with academics.

Country-specific requirements

For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here.

For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you may progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

You will graduate equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to tackle the scientific challenges of a rapidly changing world, ideally prepared for a scientific or technical career in your chosen field.

Graduate destinations will include postgraduate research, climate and environmental consultancy, analytical careers, Government/civil service, remote sensing agencies and regulatory bodies. Climate service companies, mining, extractive, and energy industries employ a large number of Earth Scientists to handle their environmental/climate obligations.

The majority of our graduates are working in geological careers, addressing global problems like climate change and waste disposal, or have a role in global exploration for the raw materials we need – water, minerals, oil and gas. Many others go on to study for a PhD degree and become a research scientist.

Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £9,250

EU and International students tuition fee per year**: £22,600

Other essential costs***: £100 for a set of essential field work equipment, for example a hard hat, compass. £150 per year contribution towards field trip costs.

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loansscholarships and bursaries. UK students who have already taken out a tuition fee loan for undergraduate study should check their eligibility for additional funding directly with the relevant awards body.

*The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2020/21, the fee will be £9,250 for that year. The fee for UK undergraduates starting in 2021/22 has not yet been confirmed.

**The Government has confirmed that EU nationals starting a degree in 2020/21 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their course. For EU nationals starting a degree in 2021/22, the UK Government has recently confirmed that you will not be eligible to pay the same fees as UK students, nor be eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021, we will award an automatic fee reduction which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. This will apply for the duration of your course.

Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions. Fees shown above are for 2020/21 and are displayed for indicative purposes only.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

92% overall student satisfaction

Source: NSS, 2019

9th in the UK for Earth Sciences

Source: Times Good University Guide 2020

93% of our Earth Sciences graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating

Source: DLHE, 2018

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