The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.



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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40245
CRICOS code: 102644D

Study Climate Science and Adaptation

The impacts of climate variability and climate change are affecting our lives like never before. There is an urgent need to better understand, quantify, and adapt to climate-related risks.

The Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation is a specialised degree which will allow you to turn your passion into practice by providing you with fundamental tools to tackle the many challenges associated with quantifying and dealing with climate-related risks. You will learn how to assess the impacts of climate variability and change. You will also learn how to develop adaptation strategies (eg infrastructure, planning policy) that not only reduce the economic, environmental, and social costs of climate hazards, but are also optimal and robust across a range of plausible futures.

As part of this degree, you have the opportunity to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations through elective pathways.

Why study with us?

  • One-of-a-kind degree - the only undergraduate degree in Australia to offer a specialised pathway into a climate science and adaptation career.
  • Develop a unique skill set with an elective pathway of your choice - build upon traditional science learning and gain multidisciplinary skills to increase employability by studying an elective in a broad range of areas including Communication, Indigenous Studies, Public Health, Social Science and Statistics.
  • Access to world-class facilities and novel technologies - become proficient in coding/modelling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and dealing with large datasets, which are skills that are highly sought after by industry and government sectors.
  • Strong industry connections - our partnerships with external industries and government agencies will provide you with an opportunity to engage in current research projects, giving you a competitive edge when entering the career market.
  • Great projected career growth – nationally, jobs for natural and physical science professionals are projected to grow 10.7% from 2019 to 2024, and 12.5% for environmental scientists (Labour Market Information Portal, 2020)
  • ERA 5 for physical geography and environmental geoscience research (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018)
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20 ? Science disciplines rated at ‘well above world standard’
Top 8 ? in Australia for overall satisfaction for undergraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies students
93.5% ? of undergraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies students satisfied with learning resources

What you will study

This program incorporates courses from multidisciplinary study areas and provides a broad range of elective pathways to complement your career aspirations.

Key areas of study include:

  • climate change and resource management
  • risk, vulnerability, adaptation and resilience
  • water, energy and food security
  • climate and energy
  • Earth processes (including climatic, hydrological, coastal, soil)
  • environmental sustainability
  • human geography
  • spatial science
  • statistics

Elective pathways include:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Communication
  • Education Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Management
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Politics, Policy and Political Economy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Science
  • Statistics

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation can go on to work in a diverse range of areas including:

  • air quality control
  • climate and energy
  • climate action and resilience
  • climate change operations
  • climate change policy
  • climatology
  • ecology
  • energy and resources
  • environmental impact and assessment
  • laboratory and research work
  • meteorology

Practical experience

Practical experience

You’ll have access to world-class facilities and novel technologies to help develop your research and multidisciplinary skills in preparation for entering the career market.

Through our partnerships with external industries and government agencies, you’ll also have the opportunity to engage in work- and research- integrated learning when you apply your studies to complete a major transdisciplinary capstone project in the final year.

Together this learning will ensure you have specialised skills that are highly sought after by industry and government to work in the climate science and adaptation field.