Global Environmental Change (003GS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Environmental change has become a central global issue with serious implications for the social and natural world. There is a need to monitor the earth's signs of change, especially where ground information is spatially limited, filled with error, or unavailable. Remote sensing datasets are vital in monitoring local, regional and global changes.

On this module, you'll use remote-sensing datasets to answer fundamental questions about our changing planet. This will involve:

  • understanding the nature of remote sensing
  • gaining practical knowledge in using and manipulating big datasets
  • linking environmental change to sustainability and policy.


59%: Practical (Fieldwork, Practical)
41%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)
60%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 38 hours of contact time and about 262 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: