ECS Climate Change and Sustainable Development

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European Geosciences Union

Climate Change and Sustainable Development


Type of degree
Climate and Paleoclimatology
Energy, Resources and the Environment
Leicester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Course language


The modules

Sustainable Development
introduces the key concepts of sustainable development and sustainability. Students are encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of the sustainable development debate, and to challenge widely held views. Policies at various geographical scales (local, regional, national, international) are examined in the light of the insights gained.

Energy in Buildings
presents a broad overview of energy use in domestic and non-domestic buildings and how it relates to building construction. Alternative low energy sustainable approaches to building design are presented. Building energy-flows, thermal comfort and daylighting practices are discussed. The role of regulation and assessment of environmental impact is investigated.

Renewable Energy
imparts a broad understanding of the potential for renewable energies within the urban and rural environment. The need to integrate renewable energy technologies into the design and refurbishment of settlements is discussed.

Research Methods
equips students with the skills necessary to successfully complete a research project of a high standard. Research methods, data interpretation, report writing and basic computing skills are covered, as well as statistical analysis and the design and analysis of questionnaires.

Resource Use and Pollution
provides an understanding of efficient and/or optimal resource use, management of non-renewable and ecological resources, pollution policy, waste management and minimisation, cleaner production and industrial ecology. The insights gained are applied to climate change policy at national and international levels.

Integrated Environmental Strategies
covers the importance of regional and local energy strategies in dealing with the economic, social and environmental benefits of climate change abatement.

Energy Analysis Techniques
focuses on the analysis of the energy performance of buildings, industry and transport. The monitoring and setting of targets in multi-site organisations, energy audit and survey techniques are studied.

People, Society and Climate Change
examines the social and psychological dimensions of climate change, focussing on the most effective methods to inform the public and decision-makers to take action.

Research Project
Projects can be based upon existing specialist Institute research areas or a related topic of the student’s choice. Each year a wide range of projects are undertaken.