Undergraduate Studies

There are a number of UNSW study programs majoring in oceanography and climate science available through either the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) or the School of Mathematics & Statistics. These courses include study of subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics and Physical Oceanography.

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Climate Major)- Program 3972
This four year program is designed for students with a strong science background who are interested in an in depth study of the earth's climate system. Students learn about the ocean, land and atmospheric processes which drive the planet's climate and how human action affects these processes, leading to changes in local and global climates. Click here for more information.

Bachelor of Science - Program 3970
Majors in Mathematics, Statistics and Physical Oceanography/Meteorology.

Bachelor of Environmental Science - Program 3988
The Environmental Science program contains a core sequence of compulsory courses and a choice of disciplinary specialisations eg. oceanography.

For more information on these courses go to the UNSW Faculty of Science degrees page.

Individual Courses
If you're interested in seeing what climate science might be like, why not enroll in some of the courses that CCRC staff teach? They range from introductory level courses with no prerequisites (CLIM1001, MSCI0501) through to courses requiring physics and/or maths knowledge. They include:

To discuss your undergraduate options in climate science, please contact Dr Gab Abramowitz.

Honours Information

Entry into Climate Science Honours projects is achieved by enrolling in CLIM4000 through the School of Mathematics & Statistics or the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. If your program does not allow enrolment in CLIM4000, you can discuss arrangements for having your project supervised by a member of CCRC.

Find out more about honours projects currently being undertaken at the CCRC research topics web page. 


The University of New South Wales offers many scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate, local and international students. Scholarships are available to students studying in all Faculties. For information on undergraduate scholarships (including honours) go to UNSW Scholarships web site.

Assignment Cover Sheet

Please attach a cover sheet to all assignments handed in at the CCRC. Click here for a copy.


Latest news

Dr Michael Molitor Public lecture - De-carbonising for growth: why everyone is wrong about the costs of addressing climate change
20 April 2014
We will rapidly de-carbonize the global energy system not because we care sufficiently about the enormous risks flowing from a climate system profoundly modified by human activity but because, in the absence of this gigantic infrastructure investment opportunity, we will never generate sufficient economic growth between now and 2050. This inevitable outcome has dramatic implications for Australia's future energy supply and prosperity.

Plastic bottle caps found in the ocean (source: NOAA PIFSC) Ocean debris leads the way for castaway fisherman
05 February 2014
The fisherman who washed up on the Marshall Islands last weekend was very lucky to have stranded on a remote beach there. The currents in the Pacific Ocean would have inevitably taken him into the great garbage patch of the North Pacific, where he could then have been floating for centuries to come.

Man in heat wave Get used to heat waves: extreme El Niņo events to double
20 January 2014
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Niņos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.

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The Copenhagen Diagnosis

On 25th November 2009 members of The Climate Change Research Centre, as part of a group of 26 international climate scientists, were part of a major international release of a new report synthesizing the latest climate research to emerge since the last IPCC Assessment Report of 2007.


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There are no time-travelling climatologists: why we use climate models

In the absence of time-travelling climatologists, models are unrivalled tools for understanding our changing climate system. That is, climate models are scientific tools. We should recognise them as such and consider them with rigorous scientific, not political, scepticism.



The Big Engine 2: oceans and weather

Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England of CCRC, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather.


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The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers

Co-authored by Professor Steven Sherwood and Professor Matt England of CCRC, this Academy of Science report aims to summarise and clarify the current understanding of the science of climate change for non-specialist readers.


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The Big Engine 1: oceans and weather

Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England of CCRC, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather.


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New insights into the climate of the past 2,000 years

A comprehensive new scientific study has revealed fresh insights into the climate of the past 2,000 years, providing further evidence that the 20th century warming was not a natural phenomenon. After 1900, increasing temperatures reversed a previous long-term cooling trend. This 20th Century warming has occurred simultaneously in all regions except Antarctica.



The dynamics of the global ocean circulation

The ocean is far from a stagnant body of water. Instead, it is constantly in motion, at speeds from a few centimetres per second to two metres per second in the most vigorous currents.


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Leave the ocean garbage alone: we need to stop polluting first

Recent plans to clean plastics from the five massive ocean garbage patches could do more damage to the environment than leaving the plastic right where it is.


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Charting the garbage patches of the sea

Just how much plastic is there floating around in our oceans? Dr Erik van Sebille from UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre has completed a study of ocean "garbage patches", and has found that in some regions the amount of plastic outweighs that of marine life.



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