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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MEnv, BSc Meteorology and Climate Science (International)

Programme code:MEBS-MET&CS9UCAS code:F791
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 AAA (or equivalent), including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies
- International Baccalaureate: Normally 38 points overall, with 18 at the Higher Level
- Scottish Highers: Normally AAAAA.


Other Qualifications (Access to HE Diploma, BTEC etc): Please refer to http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/study/undergrad/entryqual.htm or email admissions@see.leeds.ac.uk.

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

Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Earth and Environment

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

ES3: Earth Science, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

Programme specification:

The programme is a variant of the already well established and successful BSc Meteorology and Climate Science programme (first two years are identical) and offers one of the few integrated masters degree with meteorology content in the UK.

The programme is distinct in that it is the only programme in the UK that offers the combination of Meteorology as well as Atmospheric and Climate Science in an integrated programme. The quality of the meteorology programme at the overseas host university is very high and will allow our students to benefit from a wider meteorology offering than we can provide in the third year at Leeds.

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

Progression criteria: Unless extenuating circumstances determine otherwise, the following conditions shall apply. Students are normally expected to maintain an average mark of at least 65 in their 1st year in order to remain on the programme. In addition students will also be expected to maintain an average mark of at least 60 in their 2nd year in order to remain on the programme. If a student fails to maintain these requirements they will be transferred to the BSc equivalent programme.

Transfer arrangements: Students will be required to achieve an average of at least 65 in their first year in order to be eligible to transfer from a BSc/BA programme to the Integrated Masters equivalent. Study abroad places are strictly limited; therefore, a much higher average may often be required. Transfer is also conditional upon securing a study abroad place.

Students who fail the year abroad will automatically revert to the relevant BSc programme and will take the 3rd (final) year of the BSc programme in Leeds.

Criteria for passing the 'Year Abroad: Marks at the overseas institution will be translated into a single Leeds mark (represented by module SOEE9001) according to a formula specific to each partner institution, and defined in the Learning Contract. To pass the year abroad the student will normally have to pass a minimum of 80% of higher level credits. If the student fails the year abroad by failing to gain a minimum of 80% of the required number of credits they will be transferred onto the equivalent BSc/BA programme and will take a 'normal' 3rd year at Leeds.

Rules for Award: At the end of the year abroad, the School receives a transcript from the exchange university showing the grades received for each module. These grades are then converted to Leeds marks using a formula specific to each partner institution and specified in the learning contract. The mark achieved during the year abroad is represented by the module SOEE9001 (120 credits).
The marks for 2nd, 3rd and 4th years are combined in the ratio 1:1:1 or 1:1:2 to achieve the highest average.


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]

Compulsory modules:

The third year of this programme is spent at one of our partner universities overseas.

Exchange universities for Meteorology and Climate Science currently include: Pennsylvania State University; University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and Monash University.

Students are allocated to partner universities during the first semester of second year. Allocation depends on first year results and a short essay.

Students transferring to the MEnv Meteorology and Climate Science programme from the BSc Meteorology and Climate Science programme are expected to attain a 65 average in year 1 and first semester of year 2 and transfer is conditional upon securing a study abroad place.

Student must register for the following compulsory module:

SOEE9001Study Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5400MEnvironmental Research Project45 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5680MDynamics of Weather Systems15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5685MWeather, Climate and Air Quality30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5690MResearch Frontiers and Environmental Fieldwork15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

The fieldtrip to Arran for SOEE5690M Research Frontiers and Environmental Fieldwork takes place in the September preceding the start of the academic year.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules.
Alternatively candidates may study up to 15 credits of approved Discovery modules (subject to timetabling and approval of the programme manager)

SOEE5515MIce in the Earth System15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5617MOceanography in the Earth System15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5656MPast Global Environmental Systems15 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 15 credits of approved Discovery modules

Last updated: 20/05/2016

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