Advances in Climate Sciences (F8513S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module is an introduction to climate science with particular focus on:

  • climate feedbacks
  • climate observations
  • climate variability
  • climate analyses.

The module will highlight the major challenges in climate sciences (for example global carbon cycles and aerosols), and significant climate phenomena, such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). You’ll gain hands-on experience in creating climate analysis and statistical plots using real-life data from climate observatories and outputs from existing climate models.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical


10%: Coursework (Presentation)
90%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 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: