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Sun, Earth & Climate

1 year
September 2023
Online learning

In this course you will be introduced to the Sun and the Earth as complex systems, and how they interact to produce the environment we live in. Alongside detailed course notes your studies will include a mixture of theoretical and observational approaches with data-based and observational exercises.



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Course overview

Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

This module aims to:

  • provide an academically rigorous programme of Astronomy suitable for astronomy enthusiasts with or without previous formal qualifications.
  • provide an understanding of physical laws and concepts as applied to the Sun-Earth system and the Earth’s climate.
  • provide an introduction to aspects of observational solar astronomy.
  • develop elementary problem solving skills.
  • provide the opportunity to develop skills and techniques used in solar astronomy and solar-terrestrial physics, which have wider applications (these include data analysis, preparation of scientific reports).
  • enhance the student’s key skills (communication, numerical skills, IT, time-management).

Entry Requirements

To study the Certificate in Sun, Earth and Climate, students are normally required to have GCSE grade C in Mathematics and English or equivalent high school qualification.

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£975 per 20 credits

This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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