About the Climate Change MSc
This page provides information about the academic structure of the MSc, plus links to advice and descriptions of the facilities available for use by Climate Change MSc students.
Academic content and structure
- Overview of MSc structure and content
Modules and timetable slots
- The modular nature of the MSc (described in the overview) allows students to select some modules from the wide range of subjects offered within the School of Environmental Sciences, or even from others Schools, while still taking the compulsory modules that cover the science of climate change, together with the impacts and policy aspects of climate change.
- Information about compulsory and optional modules
- Timetable slots
- Coursework, Dissertation and Assessment
Academic writing and avoiding plagiarism
- Academic writing is a key skill that students need to develop and forms an important part of the assessment for your MSc. Part of academic writing involves the presentation, synthesis or criticism of ideas and results published by other people. This requires knowing how to reference properly and accurately, when and how to use direct quotations from other's work (and when not to!), and how to present your material without simply copying the work of other people. Presenting information and ideas using your own words is a good way of testing whether you really understand the material involved, which is why it forms such an important part of the assessment.
- Poor academic writing will result in obtaining lower marks than you might otherwise achieve. However, plagiarism is even more serious, because it could result in penalties and/or disciplinary action. You must learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Simply, plagiarism is copying the work of others without making it very clear that it is not your work.
- The university provides extensive guidance, help and advice about academic writing and related study skills, via the UEA Learning Enhancement Team. This includes resources to understand plagiarism, including quizzes to test whether you understand what is, and what is not, acceptable. You should read this material, especially the parts related to plagiarism, and then discuss with your Academic Adviser anything that you do not understand.
Facilities and advice
- Climatic Research Unit library
UEA and ENV Taught Postgraduate Student Handbooks
- You will be given access the the relevant handbooks and information via the UEA learning and teaching service website and the SCI Student Zone.
- These sources cover the academic content and structure of the various MSc degrees offered by the School of Environmental Sciences, including the Climatic Change MSc. They also cover many of the practical aspects and rules relevant to MSc students taking courses within the School of Environmental Sciences.
- UEA offer a wide range of help and resources via the UEA Careers service, including the great new 'CareerCentral' facility and online resources via 'MyCareerCentral'.
- See also: Careers and vacancies