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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Meteorology and Climate Science (International)

Programme code:BS-MET&CS9UCAS code:
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Juliane Schwendike Contact address:J.Schwendike@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- Normally three A-Levels, or 2 A-levels and 2 AS-levels, at grades ABB, including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies.
- International Baccalaureate: Normally 32 points overall, with 16 at the Higher Level.
- Scottish Highers: Normally BBBBB, including Mathematics.

Other Qualifications (Access to HE Diploma, BTEC etc): Please refer to our website or email admissions.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies

Programme specification:

WHY?

An ability to understand the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere and its response to human inputs requires a broad approach encompassing the physical and chemical processes at work. Students wiill explore the discipline both at the University of Leeds and at a University overseas. This provides the unique opportunity to explore the Meteorology and Climate Science in different contexts.


WHAT?

The programme is designed to give students an understanding of the physical and chemical processes governing the natural and polluted atmosphere, in particular to:
- develop knowledge of the processes that drive the atmosphere
- understand how the physical and chemical processes interact
- gain knowledge of the tools used to observe and simulate the behaviour of the atmosphere
- appreciate the role of human activities in driving changes to the atmosphere
- encourage development of analytical skills and a predictive capability.


HOW?

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
- appreciate the complex coupling between chemical and physical processes in the Earth -Atmosphere system
- use a wide range of statistical, computational and observational skills to analyse the behaviour of the atmosphere
- be able to quantify the effect of human activities on the atmosphere and be able to explain their future implications
- appreciate the wide range of timescales of atmospheric change and be able to put human activities in context.


WHO?

This programme is suitable for students with a background in physical and chemical science who wish to apply a wide range of scientific skills to understanding the complex behaviour of the atmosphere.

Graduates of the programme will be well suited to a wide range of careers in public and private organisations related to meteorology, pollution and regulation, as well as further academic study or research.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society as meeting the requirements for Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) and Registered Meteorologist (RMet) status.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE1034Natural Hazards10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1110Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1180Environment and Ecology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1280The Atmosphere of Planet Earth10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1311Advanced Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1400Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1433Water in the Environment10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1442Environmental Science / Meteorology and Climate Science Tutorials10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE1560Introductory Earth Sciences10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates WITHOUT A level Further or Pure Maths are required to study the following module.

Students WITH A Level Pure or Further Maths may be required to study, or may be excluded from studying this module depending on units studied and grade, and should consult the Programme and Module Leaders for advice.

SOEE1301Intermediate Mathematics for Environmental and Geophysical Scientists
Pre-requisite for: SOEE1311
10 creditsSemester 1


Candidates without A or AS level Chemistry are required to study the following module:

SOEE1131Introductory Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Scientists10 creditsSemester 1


Candidates without A or AS level Physics are required to study the following module:

SOEE1540Physics for Environmental Science10 creditsSemester 2


- Candidates exempt from SOEE1540 and/or SOEE1131 and/or SOEE1301 can choose up to 20 credits of optional modules from the list below or 10 credits from the list and 10 credits of Discovery modules to make a total of 120 credits for the year.

- Students choosing Discovery modules should ensure they fit with their timetable and should seek approval from their Programme Leader first.

SOEE1020Ice Age Environments and the Quaternary Evolution of the British Isles10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE1450Environmental Politics and Policy10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2210Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2240Computer Systems and Programming10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2530Atmospheric Physics10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2700Environmental Research and Career Skills30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to choose either the 'Water', 'Environmental Management' or 'Maths' pathway.
Candidates should then choose one further 10 credit optional module from another Pathway, or alternatively choose a 10 credit Discovery module.

'Water' pathway

SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2170Water Quality10 creditsSemester 2

'Environmental Management' pathway

SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2355Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy10 creditsSemester 2

'Maths' pathway

SOEE2040Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 310 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2660Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 410 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of approved Discovery modules


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to undertake an approved full year study programme while abroad.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

SOEE9002Study Year Abroad (BSc/BA)120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE3030Environmental Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3151Dynamics of Weather Systems10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3291Atmospheric Science Field Skills10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3710Frontiers in Environmental Research10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB. The fieldtrip for SOEE3291 takes place in the September preceding the start of the academic year.

Optional modules:

- Candidates will be required to study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules or may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3286Catchment Processes and Management20 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3480Past Global Environmental Systems10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3760Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of approved Discovery modules

Last updated: 20/05/2016

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