Climate Change BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: F764

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 years

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credits module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000

  • Location:


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We are no longer accepting applications for September 2022 entry.

Climate Change BSc (Hons) explores the environmental, socio-economic and political aspects of this important inter-disciplinary subject, preparing graduates with understanding and skills to prepare for work in the expanding climate change sector.

The climate crisis remains the defining issue of this century with dramatic consequences expected not only for the global environment but also human health, well-being and all economic sectors – if mitigation is not prioritised.

Climate Change BSc (Hons) at University of Northampton is founded on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science of changes in the global climate. Students explore the politics and contested nature of sustainable climate solutions through informed debate and discussion. They will develop vital employability skills by actively exploring how the operation of organisations and businesses is underpinned by consideration of sustainability and climate change.

Updated 08/06/2022


    • Equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand causes and impact of climate change across the world
    • Study the underlying scientific, political and social-economic influences of climate change in both a local and global context
    • Apply knowledge to real world settings to be able to communicate solutions to this complex global issue
    • Support ecological aspects of study on campus with access to our very own nature reserve and the river Nene.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply
    • You can now join the conversation online with our UON Climate Change team on Twitter: @ClimateUon and Instagram: @northamptonenvgeo

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

    SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG13: Climate Action, SDG11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG15: Life on Land

    On Climate Change BSc (Hons), there is an emphasis on applied research skills such as data handling and analysis so students are able to interpret the latest climate change research. Students will also develop a broad range of verbal, written and digital presentation and communication skills. You will be able to communicate complex ideas, bridging the gap between science, decision-makers and the public. We feel this develops your graduate skills and best prepares you to work in the expanding climate change sector.

    Students also have the option to take a placement after their second year and work in industry for a year. Through our excellent industry links, the University of Northampton we will support you to find this placement if it is something you wish to pursue.

    Year One

    Students study six core modules in the first year to give them a solid foundation for further study. Students acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of the physical mechanisms that underpin the study of climate change. We explore the context of environmental sustainability alongside its economic and social dimensions and illustrate this with reference to local and University strategies.

    Students will study:

    • The Physical Environment. Outlines the principal processes operating at the surface of the Earth.
    • A Sustainable Community. Introduces the goals of sustainable development and how they can be addressed at local scales.
    • Climate Change-Facts and Fiction.  Examining contested issues related to science, policy and the public.
    • Geohazards. Explores the main causes of and responses to a broad range of natural hazards
    • Geographical Techniques. Introduces methods of data collection and analysis used in geographical research.
    • Life on Earth. From deep ocean to mountain tops, from deserts to rainforests to hot springs, life on earth is ubiquitous. But how and when did life diversify to exploit so many climatic zones and habitats? How did life start, why do extinctions occur?
    Year Two

    Extends the knowledge and understanding of climate science and the nature of its changing relationships with the natural environment. Develops a high level of competency in techniques of data collection, presentation and analysis. Explores the relevance and urgency behind the recognition of climate change in a variety of real world settings.

    Core modules are:

    • Weather and Climate. Provides a sound knowledge and understanding of meteorological and climatological mechanisms.
    • A Changing Natural World. Outlines the potential impacts of climate change on a range of natural environments.
    • Routes to Carbon Zero.  Investigates how knowledge and understanding of climate change and management strategies is required in the ‘real world’.
    • Investigating Climate Research.  Addresses a range of research questions and project design. Includes residential fieldwork.
    • Research Methods. Develops skills essential for the presentation, analysis and interpretation of data.

    In addition to the five core modules you can chose an additional module from the following:

    • Biogeography.
    • Populations and Migrations.
    • Transport and Mobility.
    Year Three

    Outlines and evaluates the complex array of factors determining society’s response to climate change. Continues to develop the employability skills of students and suggests options for future career directions. Dissertation demonstrates ability to design and undertake an original research project.

    These are:

    • Climate Change Dissertation. Design and undertake a research project related to climate change or sustainability
    • Communicating Climate Change. Explores the pathways of communication between science to decision makers to the public.
    • Career Planning. Helps students recognise and develop their skills through reflection and practice, to enhance their employability
    • Transforming Cities. Taking a global perspective evaluates the role of innovative strategies to address emissions  to climate change in urban areas

    You can then choose three modules from a choice of six. These include:

    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable Development. Land Use and Planning
    • Sustainable Resources Management

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Climate Change degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I be taught?

    Face to face sessions are organised as interactive classes with discussion and activities. This is supported by on-line and technology-enhanced learning to ensure you have the best possible study experience to achieve your potential.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    Students typically study on site three days per week with a typical contact time of 12 hours per week in addition to the 20-25 hours per week of independent study. Students have an hour of timetabled personal tutor meetings each year but staff are available for meetings at all times.

    How will I be assessed?

    A variety of assessment modes are used throughout the programme, developing a sound knowledge base and supporting skills development. These include written assignments for specialist (e.g. essays) and non-specialist audiences (e.g. summaries and infographics), oral assignments (e.g. individual and group presentations, mini vivas), and those related to projects and fieldwork (e.g. research reports, data analysis, dissertation). Modules each comprise two items of assessment. The dissertation occurs at Level 6, but preparation in the various skills required is introduced at previous levels.

    What careers can I go into from studying this course?

    The Climate Change BSc (Hons) programme equips students with a broad knowledge base and a wide range of skills that are attractive for many careers requiring graduate skills. Climate Change is a key issue affecting the environment, the economy and society. All three need careful management and there are many opportunities in this area. Roles related to science and sustainability communication or enabling policy through governmental and non-governmental organisations offer opportunities, as well teaching, the civil service and a range of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) related roles in various employment areas.

    Further study, including Masters programmes, are always popular to students wanting to take their interests to the next level.

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Careers and Employability

We offer an innovative approach to enhancing your employability. Our Climate Change BSc (Hons) programme is applied so you will develop the skills and attributes that employers are looking for in graduates. The degree feature career planning workshops, which focus on developing your awareness of your subject-specific and transferable skills and a reflective approach to learning. We are confident that this experience gives you the edge when applying for employment or postgraduate training.

We work closely with careers advisers to ensure students get one-to-one career guidance and support.

Guest speakers from a range of businesses and organisations – including lots of our own graduates – contribute to the curriculum. This gives students ‘real-world’ insights into current issues, provides up-to-date information about the workplace, and gives opportunities for networking with potential employers.


Students benefit from the University’s close industry links – with a range of environmental organisations, our own nature reserve and access to the river Nene on campus.

Students also are able to use the Waterside Campus to apply know and develop in key Climate Change modules such as A Sustainable Community in the first year and A Sustainable World in the final year.