Geography, Climate Change and Society

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
F764
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Experienced Teaching Team

Globally recognised academics delivering great learning. Research informed.

Practical and solutions focused

Combining environmental science and social/political understanding

Certified Carbon Literacy training

Acquire the knowledge and skills to lower your carbon footprint

Develop as a global citizen with our BSc in Geography, Climate Change and Society. A cutting-edge degree which provides a firm foundation for an environmental career in climate studies, sustainability science, environmental justice and advocacy.

Our BSc Geography, Climate Change and Society is designed to nurture the next generation of ‘Global Citizens’ by developing a holistic appreciation of the biggest challenge facing humankind – that of rapid human-induced climate change and the environmental and economic impacts associated with it.

We explore the role of society and culture in responding to our climate crisis in a sustainable way at local, national and international levels. We provide a thorough grounding in climate and land system science, whilst developing your practical understanding of emerging green technologies and new modes of sustainable living. We provide internationally recognised and certified training in Carbon Literacy.

We also expose our students to the contentious but critical debates about managing our changing environment, and provide exciting opportunities to:

  • consider the politics and governance of sustainability and climate change
  • explore the complexity of the links between economic activity, lifestyles and climate change
  • evaluate practical adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • develop the skills needed to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including the public and critical decision-makers

What role will environmental advocates play in responding to the climate crisis? Can we create environmentally just sustainable societies for the future? Will you be part of the necessary changes?

To ensure your employability, the course will seek accreditation through the Institute of Environmental Science providing our graduates with their first steps to a rewarding environmental career as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Fieldwork opportunities are embedded throughout the course both as a series of residentials and single day visits. In Year 1 (3 day UK residential), in Year 2 a series of day visits associated with each module (5 – 6 across the year) and in Year 3 a substantive overseas field course, using sustainable travel (trains) to visit cities such as Amsterdam / Copenhagen who are at the forefront of green issues and sustainable city living. It is going to be offered with a placement year opportunity.

Our BSc Geography, Climate Change and Society is designed to nurture the next generation of ‘Global Citizens’ by developing a holistic appreciation of the biggest challenge facing humankind – that of rapid human-induced climate change and the environmental and economic impacts associated with it.

We explore the role of society and culture in responding to our climate crisis in a sustainable way at local, national and international levels. We provide a thorough grounding in climate and land system science, whilst developing your practical understanding of emerging green technologies and new modes of sustainable living. We provide internationally recognised and certified training in Carbon Literacy.

We also expose our students to the contentious but critical debates about managing our changing environment, and provide exciting opportunities to:

  • consider the politics and governance of sustainability and climate change
  • explore the complexity of the links between economic activity, lifestyles and climate change
  • evaluate practical adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • develop the skills needed to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including the public and critical decision-makers

What role will environmental advocates play in responding to the climate crisis? Can we create environmentally just sustainable societies for the future? Will you be part of the necessary changes?

To ensure your employability, the course will seek accreditation through the Institute of Environmental Science providing our graduates with their first steps to a rewarding environmental career as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Fieldwork opportunities are embedded throughout the course both as a series of residentials and single day visits. In Year 1 (3 day UK residential), in Year 2 a series of day visits associated with each module (5 – 6 across the year) and in Year 3 a substantive overseas field course, using sustainable travel (trains) to visit cities such as Amsterdam / Copenhagen who are at the forefront of green issues and sustainable city living. It is going to be offered with a placement year opportunity.

Our BSc Geography, Climate Change and Society is designed to nurture the next generation of ‘Global Citizens’ by developing a holistic appreciation of the biggest challenge facing humankind – that of rapid human-induced climate change and the environmental and economic impacts associated with it.

We explore the role of society and culture in responding to our climate crisis in a sustainable way at local, national and international levels. We provide a thorough grounding in climate and land system science, whilst developing your practical understanding of emerging green technologies and new modes of sustainable living. We provide internationally recognised and certified training in Carbon Literacy.

We also expose our students to the contentious but critical debates about managing our changing environment, and provide exciting opportunities to:

  • consider the politics and governance of sustainability and climate change
  • explore the complexity of the links between economic activity, lifestyles and climate change
  • evaluate practical adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • develop the skills needed to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including the public and critical decision-makers

What role will environmental advocates play in responding to the climate crisis? Can we create environmentally just sustainable societies for the future? Will you be part of the necessary changes?

To ensure your employability, the course will seek accreditation through the Institute of Environmental Science providing our graduates with their first steps to a rewarding environmental career as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Fieldwork opportunities are embedded throughout the course both as a series of residentials and single day visits. In Year 1 (3 day UK residential), in Year 2 a series of day visits associated with each module (5 – 6 across the year) and in Year 3 a substantive overseas field course, using sustainable travel (trains) to visit cities such as Amsterdam / Copenhagen who are at the forefront of green issues and sustainable city living. It is going to be offered with a placement year opportunity.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography, Climate Change and Society

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography, Climate Change and Society

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Geography, Climate Change and Society

Part-time study

This programme can be undertaken part time, 60 credits per academic year.

Part-time study

This programme can be undertaken part time, 60 credits per academic year.

Part-time study

This programme can be undertaken part time, 60 credits per academic year.

Course content

Year 1 has three complementary strands: social, physical and environmental. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the physical basis of climate change and then set this within a societal framework. The principles of sustainable development will be introduced and the role of global institutions in delivering the UN sustainable development goals will be discussed. Key global challenges such as ocean acidification, de-carbonising society, desertification, deforestation, migration, urbanisation and population flows will be explored in detail.

In Year 2 you will consider the role of international organisations, politics, business and civic society in delivering a stable environment and a more equitable future. You will explore the strategies and responses required for a “green transformation” including those needed to sustainably produce the food, energy and resources we use. A further core module will deliver a range of practical skills including data analysis and visualisation, interviewing and questionnaires, communication, fieldwork and laboratory skills. Specialist option modules are available in conservation, an urbanising world, environmental change and natural hazards. You choose those topics of interest to you across the social and/or environmental spheres.

If you choose to undertake a placement year, you will then spend a year working with an appropriate employer to build your CV and develop your career skills.

Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent project work on a topic of your own choosing. This is complemented with an international field course where you will examine environmental mitigation and societal adaptations to our changing world. A unique challenge-based module will see you work in small groups over a short timespan to respond to a real-world environmental issue set by employers. You then complement these core activities with specialist option modules where you can access our research specialisms in climate and environmental change, deglaciation and its impacts, landscape science, sustainable cities and human-technology interactions.

Our aim is to provide you with maximum flexibility to follow the topics that most interest you and to co-design your own learning pathway through your degree.

Year 1 has three complementary strands: social, physical and environmental. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the physical basis of climate change and then set this within a societal framework. The principles of sustainable development will be introduced and the role of global institutions in delivering the UN sustainable development goals will be discussed. Key global challenges such as ocean acidification, de-carbonising society, desertification, deforestation, migration, urbanisation and population flows will be explored in detail.

In Year 2 you will consider the role of international organisations, politics, business and civic society in delivering a stable environment and a more equitable future. You will explore the strategies and responses required for a “green transformation” including those needed to sustainably produce the food, energy and resources we use. A further core module will deliver a range of practical skills including data analysis and visualisation, interviewing and questionnaires, communication, fieldwork and laboratory skills. Specialist option modules are available in conservation, an urbanising world, environmental change and natural hazards. You choose those topics of interest to you across the social and/or environmental spheres.

If you choose to undertake a placement year, you will then spend a year working with an appropriate employer to build your CV and develop your career skills.

Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent project work on a topic of your own choosing. This is complemented with an international field course where you will examine environmental mitigation and societal adaptations to our changing world. A unique challenge-based module will see you work in small groups over a short timespan to respond to a real-world environmental issue set by employers. You then complement these core activities with specialist option modules where you can access our research specialisms in climate and environmental change, deglaciation and its impacts, landscape science, sustainable cities and human-technology interactions.

Our aim is to provide you with maximum flexibility to follow the topics that most interest you and to co-design your own learning pathway through your degree.

Year 1 has three complementary strands: social, physical and environmental. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the physical basis of climate change and then set this within a societal framework. The principles of sustainable development will be introduced and the role of global institutions in delivering the UN sustainable development goals will be discussed. Key global challenges such as ocean acidification, de-carbonising society, desertification, deforestation, migration, urbanisation and population flows will be explored in detail.

In Year 2 you will consider the role of international organisations, politics, business and civic society in delivering a stable environment and a more equitable future. You will explore the strategies and responses required for a “green transformation” including those needed to sustainably produce the food, energy and resources we use. A further core module will deliver a range of practical skills including data analysis and visualisation, interviewing and questionnaires, communication, fieldwork and laboratory skills. Specialist option modules are available in conservation, an urbanising world, environmental change and natural hazards. You choose those topics of interest to you across the social and/or environmental spheres.

If you choose to undertake a placement year, you will then spend a year working with an appropriate employer to build your CV and develop your career skills.

Year 3 provides you with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent project work on a topic of your own choosing. This is complemented with an international field course where you will examine environmental mitigation and societal adaptations to our changing world. A unique challenge-based module will see you work in small groups over a short timespan to respond to a real-world environmental issue set by employers. You then complement these core activities with specialist option modules where you can access our research specialisms in climate and environmental change, deglaciation and its impacts, landscape science, sustainable cities and human-technology interactions.

Our aim is to provide you with maximum flexibility to follow the topics that most interest you and to co-design your own learning pathway through your degree.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Global Challenges And Opportunities 20 credits
Global Issues 20 credits
Planet Earth 40 credits
Responding To The Climate Crisis 40 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Global Challenges And Opportunities 20 credits
Global Issues 20 credits
Planet Earth 40 credits
Responding To The Climate Crisis 40 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Climate Change Placement Year 120 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Global Challenges And Opportunities 20 credits
Global Issues 20 credits
Show 2 optional modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 2 optional modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Environmental Hazards 20 credits
Low Carbon Transitions 20 credits
Show 3 optional modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Researching The Climate Crisis 40 credits
Show 3 optional modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Researching Climate Change: Independent Project 40 credits
Show 4 optional modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Creating Climate Resilient Societies 20 credits
International Field-Course 20 credits
Show 4 optional modules

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Careers

Our graduates are literate, numerate problem solvers who can think critically and understand the importance of people and place and the complex connections between them. Their holistic skills are in demand in environmental consultancy, civil and local government, third-sector employment (wildlife, social good, human health charities), information corporations and emerging “green” technology sectors.  Many are pursuing successful careers in teaching. Our graduates also pursue further study on research degrees.

This is a burgeoning area of new jobs. Every single local authority in the country is currently seeking Climate change officers to help draft and deliver zero Carbon plans. Each business in the UK needs to engage with this sustainability/ climate action and are also actively recruiting in this area. Jobs are emerging across the public and private sector to meet this pressing demand – there is a severe skills shortage which we will be well placed to fill.

Other routes:

  • Environmental consultancies
  • Community action and engagement / levelling up agendas / Community outreach and engagement
  • Teaching
  • Policy advocacy = central and local government

Job roles:

  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Climate Change Officer
  • Climate Change and Adaption Officer
  • Head of Climate Change
  • Policy Officer
  • Engagement Manager - Low Carbon Transmission
  • Advisor - Net Zero Verification
  • Sustainability Manager
Teaching and assessment

Teaching

This course will be delivered full-time on campus. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and IT practical sessions and fieldwork. Small group sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics taught. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor. Towards the end of your study you will shape your own learning through option choices and independent project work.

This course will be delivered full-time on campus. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and IT practical sessions and fieldwork. Small group sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics taught. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor. Towards the end of your study you will shape your own learning through option choices and independent project work.

This course will be delivered full-time on campus. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and IT practical sessions and fieldwork. Small group sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics taught. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor. Towards the end of your study you will shape your own learning through option choices and independent project work.

Assessment

We employ an innovative range of assessments throughout your studies including reports, oral presentations, IT workshop activities, small-group assessments, field-based projects and challenge-based assessments. This helps make sure that each module learning outcome is tested in the most appropriate way and gets you ready to take these skills into the professional world. Due to the holistic nature of the course, it is assessed entirely by coursework.

We employ an innovative range of assessments throughout your studies including reports, oral presentations, IT workshop activities, small-group assessments, field-based projects and challenge-based assessments. This helps make sure that each module learning outcome is tested in the most appropriate way and gets you ready to take these skills into the professional world. Due to the holistic nature of the course, it is assessed entirely by coursework.

We employ an innovative range of assessments throughout your studies including reports, oral presentations, IT workshop activities, small-group assessments, field-based projects and challenge-based assessments. This helps make sure that each module learning outcome is tested in the most appropriate way and gets you ready to take these skills into the professional world. Due to the holistic nature of the course, it is assessed entirely by coursework.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Our teaching team is committed to providing high-quality, timely and personalised feedback to all our students. This is often achieved through 1-2-1 sessions to ensure students can quickly consolidate their learning

Our teaching team is committed to providing high-quality, timely and personalised feedback to all our students. This is often achieved through 1-2-1 sessions to ensure students can quickly consolidate their learning

Our teaching team is committed to providing high-quality, timely and personalised feedback to all our students. This is often achieved through 1-2-1 sessions to ensure students can quickly consolidate their learning

Year 1

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

11% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
89% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

13% practical exams
87% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

8% practical exams
92% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

14% practical exams
86% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

The BSc Geography, Climate Change and Society is delivered by the Environment and Sustainability Team at Staffordshire University which sits within Biological Sciences. We are an experienced group of academics who have delivered highly rated courses in the environmental sciences for over 25 years. Our associated Geography courses have achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the NSS in 2017, 2018, 2019. We sit within the Life Sciences grouping at the University and collaborate with our colleagues in Ecology and Sociology to deliver this new and exciting course. Our staff are research active, highly qualified and passionate educators who are committed to the course.

Dr Janet Wright

Course Director

Janet's current research focuses on the origins and characteristics of quartz silt within weathering profiles; the soiling, degradation and weathering of sandstone buildings; micro-landform development and slope evolution on exposed salt rocks i…

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Dr Ruth Swetnam

Professor

Ruth is a GIS specialist. Her research interests lie in the fields of landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental information. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in GIS.

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Dr Paul Barratt

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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Professor Fiona Tweed

Professor

Fiona is an international expert on glacial processes and natural hazards with over 25 years' experience of collaborative field research. An enthusiastic and inspiring educator, Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a National Teaching Fellow.…

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Tim Harris

Senior Lecturer

Tim's research interests include: Glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Climate Change, Quaternary Environmental Change, The Ice Ages in Britain and Conflict Archaeology.

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Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape

Senior Lecturer

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Eleanor Atkins

Lecturer

Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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