UCL Module Catalogue


Principles of Climate (GEOL0013)

Key information

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Teaching department
Earth Sciences
Credit value

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


This course provides students with an up-to-date introduction to the Earth’s climate, including its weather processes, the drivers of change, and the impacts of climate change. The course provides students with a sound understanding of the physical principles of climate without getting bogged down in mathematical detail. This course will introduce students to the observational and modeling tools used to assess the climate and will give them the chance to analyze their outputs for themselves. It includes detailed discussion of global warming and our responses to it, including controversial proposals to geoengineer the climate.

By the end of this module students will have:

  • A robust understanding of the core principles that shape the climate
  • Skills in writing, comprehension of scientific data and papers, mathematical calculation, independent study, and IT skills.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
40% Unseen two-hour written examination
60% Coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Dr Peter Irvine
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.