University launches new climate-related programmes

The University of Liverpool is to launch new BSc and MSc programmes in subjects related to the climate.

The University’s’ Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences will launch new BSc degrees in Climate Science and Environmental Geoscience in September 2022.

The new undergraduate programme in Climate Science will provide students with core knowledge on the impact of climate change on our Earth System through specific modules in ocean sciences, ecology, physical and human geography.

Alongside learning about the fundamentals of climate science, students will also be introduced to adaptation and mitigation options and sustainability.

Professor Jonathan Sharples, Programme Director, said: “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our earth system, biodiversity and public health. This new programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental science behind our changing climate in order to develop solutions to these global environmental challenges.

“The University has significant research expertise in a wide range of climate science subjects related to the oceans, cryosphere, climatology,  ecology and conservation which form part of this new programme. “

The new programme is expected to be of interest to young people concerned about the climate emergency, with career options after graduation in industry, government and the third sector.

The programme will also include input from the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool, who will provide guest lectures and help supervise projects.

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The BSc in Environmental Geoscience will provide understanding of how the Earth system has changed and adapted over geological time, and will equip students with the key skills they need to make a sustainable contribution to the future of our planet.

Programme Director Professor Peter Burgess said “Earth history includes many remarkable adaptations to extreme events that can help inform prediction of our current path, and geosciences is also key to making the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. We look forward to welcoming students onto these new programme in 2022. ”

Further details of the  new programme can be found here >>>>

The University is also launching a new MSc in Sustainable Food Systems in September 2022. This programme will introduce students to the concepts of sustainable food systems, the interdisciplinary approaches required to both understand and design future food systems, and to develop state-of-the-art scientific understanding of disciplines underpinning food systems.

Further details of the MSc in Sustainable Food Systems can be found here >>>>>

Responding to the global climate crisis through our research is the focus of the University’s Climate Futures Research theme. Research expertise spans climate science, emissions reduction, food sustainability, air quality impacts, new materials discovery, behaviour insights, risk communication, community engagement and the development of new sustainable technologies.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool are attending COP26 summit to observe negotiations, contribute to discussions, present at events and promote the University’s research expertise.

The University’s COP26 web page contains information on our research and expert viewpoints which are helping to inform the negotiations and future policy.