Global Climate Change (L7030)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module takes an interdisciplinary view on the scientific basis of claims of global climate change, the human responsibility and the future implications of the change. It is largely based around theoretical and evidence-based elements of climate science.

Part of the module is dedicated to providing a sound basis for undergraduate-level critical understanding of the science of contemporary climate change for the present-day and in the future.

The other part provides the foundations for a critical understanding of the basis of future climate impacts. Students are also introduced to an online tool (KNMI) for analysis of climate data in this module. 


64%: Lecture (Film, Lecture)
12%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)
24%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: