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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.

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.

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Majors in Mathematics, Statistics and Physical Oceanography.

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Climate science can be studied as a major (Climate Dynamics or Climate System Science) or can be integrated with into a range of programs as a minor.

The Climate Systems Science stream is focused on a broad introduction to the science of the Earth's climate system.

Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric science, oceanography and chemistry and have the option of focusing their studies in areas such as climate and vegetation, hydrology, biology, biogeochemistry or environmental and resource management.

Courses are designed to highlight the interrelated nature of climate system components and give students the ability to critically analyse problems in multi-disciplinary science context. Students will also develop an ability to undertake directed research.

Visit the UNSW handbook for more information on Climate Systems Science major, Climate Dynamics major, and Climate Science minor

Individual courses

If you're interested in seeing what climate science might be like, why not enrol 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 Andrea Taschetto.

Honours information

Entry into climate science honours projects is achieved through the Climate Science Stream through the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. A climate science honours project may also be carried out through the School of Mathematics & Statistics. If your program doesn't allow enrolment in this stream, you may still be able to work out arrangements for having your project supervised by a member of CCRC.


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.