Climate Change


Undergraduate climate programmes and modules

Please note the list is not exhaustive, as the topic of climate change is an important dimension to many of our programmes across departments.

UCL courses with a climate change focus or element


Earth Sciences BSc

Earth Sciences is the study of our home planet. Our flexible programme combines ideas and principles of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Geophysics. We explore how our planet works at depth and at the surface, the biological processes that build diversity and cause extinction, the ocean and atmospheric processes shaping climate, and issues relating to resources, geohazards and climate change. More info

Mathematical and Physical Sciences / j.thurow@ucl.ac.uk

Environmental Geoscience BSc

Environmental Geoscience is concerned with the interaction between Earth sciences and human activity. We explore evolution of the Earth and its internal workings, development of its biosphere and atmosphere, and its surface processes, emphasising natural and human-induced development. This allows examination of environmental issues, such as natural resources, their use to society, disposal of waste, geohazards, sustainability and risk assessment. More info

Mathematical and Physical Sciences / earthsci@ucl.ac.uk

Geophysics BSc

Geophysics is the study of the physical process that shape the Earth, including its, composition, evolution and dynamics. We tackle this through a multidisciplinary programme ranging from understanding Earth materials, through the internal processes that drive plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, to understanding atmosphere, weather and climate. More info

Mathematical and Physical Sciences / earthsci@ucl.ac.uk

Geology BSc

Geology is the study of Earth’s history, composition and evolution. We tackle this through a multidisciplinary programme stretching from understanding Earth materials, internal processes that cause volcanoes and earthquakes, to surface processes that shape landscapes. We explore biological processes that build diversity and trigger extinctions, ocean and atmospheric processes shaping climate, and issues relating to resources, geohazards and climate change. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / earthsci@ucl.ac.uk

Geography BA/BSc

Students can choose from multiple modules to build a personalised course of study that suits their interests. From climate change to contemporary cities, we’ll work together through research-led teaching to identify how we can answer some of the most important questions of the day. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / geog.office@ucl.ac.uk

Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)

Economics and geography have been moving ever closer in their concerns. The fields of development and the environment are obvious examples. This challenging combined-studies programme is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles and techniques of application in both fields. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / geog.office@ucl.ac.uk

Economics BSc (Econ)

This degree, aimed at ambitious and mathematically capable students, provides a thorough grounding in economic theory, along with the technical tools, mathematics and statistics to assist in mastering the theory. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / econ-ug-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Sociology BSc

The BSc Sociology blends local and global sociological perspectives to examine contemporary social issues and transformations, ranging from environmental risks and climate change, to the intensification of inequalities, and imaginings of the future. More info

Institute of Education / https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/admissions-enquiries 

Arts and Sciences BASc

This exciting three-year interdisciplinary programme provides great flexibility and choice across the breadth of UCL's teaching expertise, offering the range and depth of knowledge needed to thrive in our global society. More info


Natural Sciences BSc

Natural Sciences enables students to combine science subject areas, known as "streams", reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of high-quality, internationally leading research undertaken at UCL. More info


Archaeology BA

The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer a huge variety of optional modules, covering a diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner including climate change. More info

Institute of Archaeology / c.frearson@ucl.ac.uk

Anthropology BSc

This programme looks at the biological, cultural, social and material culture aspects of human beings as well as their evolution. Your teaching will draw on our staff's cutting edge research, examining topics such as the cultural consequences of new digital media, social and environmental sustainability, how people and things interact on NASA space missions, and many more. More info

Anthropology / uganthro@ucl.ac.uk

Global Humanitarian Studies BSc 

The BSc aims to educate and train future generations of humanitarian leaders in the theory and practice of humanitarian action. This multidisciplinary programme will equip you with the knowledge, critical, analytical and research skills and core competencies grounded in practice to anticipate evolving and emerging humanitarian threats and manage widening vulnerability and crisis response. More info

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction / humanitarian-info@ucl.ac.uk 



UCL modules with a climate change focus or element


Green Futures (BPLN0079)

The module is designed to enable students to draw up a climate mitigation and adaptation plan. It covers instruments for change (regulatory, economic, educational, social, design, technology), local powers to implement change  and discusses cases of good practice from all over the world. More info

Built Environment (Bartlett) / bsp.ug@ucl.ac.uk

Sustainable Energy (BASC0028)

The Sustainable Energy module will discuss the drivers of energy services, the challenges associated with satisfying the rising energy demand, the trade-offs in energy policy aiming to provide secure, affordable, and environmentally benign energy carriers, and the important role of analytical tools for shaping energy policy. More info

Arts and Humanities / basc-office@ucl.ac.uk

Energy Systems and Sustainability (CENG0026)

To provide a broad study of conventional and renewable Energy Systems and an advanced knowledge of selected emerging energy technologies. To develop skills in the design of energy systems with emphasis on sustainability, improving efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources. More info

Engineering Sciences / chemeng.teaching.admin@ucl.ac.uk

New and Renewable Energy Systems (MECH0032)

The module provides technical knowledge in renewable technologies so as to appreciate the design features for different systems on land and at sea. More info

Engineering Sciences / mecheng.pg-queries@ucl.ac.uk

Global Environmental Politics (POLS0023)

This is an advanced module designed to introduce students to the major themes and issues in the study of global environmental politics (GEP). More info

Social and Historical Sciences / s.chin-yee@ucl.ac.uk

Archaeology in the World (ARCL0077)

A short lecture series will discuss some of the 'big themes' to which archaeology can contribute, for example: the tragedy of the commons, climate change, the contingency of civilisations. Students will then take themes of their choosing to explore how information and approaches learned in their previous work can illuminate those themes. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / m.radivojevic@ucl.ac.uk

Changes in the Landscape: Empire, Industry, Environment (HART0080)

This module revisits the study of landscape imagery, focused on Britain and its former empire, in order to critically engage its continuing relevance for histories of ecology, power, and the social functions of representation. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / nicholas.robbins.18@ucl.ac.uk

Reconstructing Past Environments (GEOG0021)

Understanding the nature and timing of past environmental change is key to our understanding of contemporary events and The course aims to provide students with an introduction to the concepts and techniques useful for studying the nature of past environmental change from the last glacial period to the Holocene. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / geog.office@ucl.ac.uk



Ocean Physics and Climate Change (GEOL0022)

The module aims to describe and explain features of the ocean circulation that are important to the Earth's climate system and the capacity to formulate various ocean and climate related problems in simple mathematical form. More info

Mathematical and Physical Sciences / m.tsamados@ucl.ac.uk

Politics of Climate Change (GEOG0083)

The course explores the diverse ways that climate change is framed as a problem with the coursework focusing on how these different framings lead to different interpretations of what would constitute a successful solution. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / geog.office@ucl.ac.uk

Ethnography of Forest Peoples (ANTH0069)

This module explores the ethnography of forest-dwelling peoples from a variety of perspectives, with a comparative focus on regions including Amazonia, the Congo Basin, Southeast Asia, and Melanesia. More info

Social and Historical Sciences / l.daly@ucl.ac.uk

Building Physics and Environment (BARC0002)

Taught through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, this course will introduce key building physics principles of light, sound, heat and ventilation, exploring how these relate to key aspects of building design and influence the environmental performance of a space. More info

Built Environment (Bartlett) / dan.carter@ucl.ac.uk

Climate and Natural Hazard Risks (IRDR0020)

This module introduces the concepts of hazards, vulnerability, marginalisation, risk, resilience, adaptation and disaster and how they integrate will be discussed. It will address strategies for reducing the impacts and the likelihood of disasters in fragile areas. It will help students to understand social, economic, ecological, institutional, cultural and physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards on vulnerable populations in different environment settings and conflict affected states around the world. More info

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction / Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha - humanitarian-info@ucl.ac.uk