Master of Climate Science

  • CRICOS code: 106786B

What will I study?


The Master of Climate Science is a 200-point program made up of:

  • 25 points of foundational core subjects (level 3)
  • 75 points discipline core
  • 75 points discipline electives
  • 25 points professional skills

You’ll be encouraged to take an internship subject as your professional skills development so you can connect with industry and ensure that what you’re studying can translate to a career where you can make a difference. You could also focus on using research to help us understand how we can make a difference, by participating in a research project to strengthen our knowledge of climate science.

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25 points of foundational core subjects (level 3)

Complete both the following subjects:

  • ATOC30006 Modern and Future Climate (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC30008 Atmospheric Processes and Composition (12.5 pts)
75 points discipline core

Complete all of (50pts):

  • ERTH90026 Climate Modelling and Climate Change (currently odd years) (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC90002 Climate Science and Decision Making (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC90017 Advanced Past Climates (currently odd years) (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC90004 Current Topics in Climate Science (capstone)(12.5 pts)

And one of (25pts):

  • Industry project option: Climate Science Industry Project (Year Long)
  • Research project option: Climate Science Research Project (Year Long)
75 pts discipline electives

Complete 75 points of discipline electives from any of the following areas.

Climate Dynamics (requires Calculus 2)

All of (50 points):

  • ATOC30004 - Dynamical Meteorology & Oceanography (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC30003 - Tropical Meteorology and Climate (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC90016 - Weather and Climate Extremes (12.5 pts)
  • ATOC90011 - Convective Clouds and Storms (12.5 pts)

And an additional 25 points from the non-specialised elective list.


Climate Change

All of (50 points):

  • EVSC90016 - Global Environmental Change (12.5 pts)
  • ENST90004 - Climate Change Politics and Policy (12.5 pts)
  • ENST90034 - Adapting to Climate Change (12.5 pts)
  • ENST90033 - Climate Change Mitigation (12.5 pts)

And an additional 25 points from the non-specialised elective list.


Andrew King

"We’ve designed the course to incorporate advanced knowledge of the physical aspects of how the climate system works and how and why it is changing. You’ll learn about how we model the climate to understand its changes, gain programming knowledge so you can build your own climate change projections, and then develop the skills to communicate this knowledge to the community. You’ll be surrounded by established climate scientists working on cutting-edge research and with connections to industry enabling you to build a career in industry, government or research beyond our program."

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