The Open University - Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis

Develop your understanding of climate change in the world, through the lens of the Polar regions. This microcredential has been created by The Open University.
  • The Open University, England
  • 569 $
  • 3 Months
  • Online
  • 24 October 2022

Course Information

During this 10-week course you’ll learn about the intricate balance of the polar environment, and the surprising ways it connects us. You’ll observe global warming’s impact on ice, atmosphere, ecosystems, our oceans, and use climate modelling skills to make your own projections on the speed of change in the polar regions.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the evidence for climate change using the polar regions as a critical example.
  • Have the confidence from your knowledge to share insights from the polar regions with other people and communicate in ways that will inspire them to take action to tackle the climate crisis.
  • Extend your view of the world to better understand the intrinsic link between science, society and the environment


This microcredential is created by Professor Mark Brandon MBE who has been leading Polar Research at The Open University for 20 years and has spearheaded the OU’s contribution to landmark BBC series, such as Frozen Planet and Blue Planet 2. He is joined by Dr Ella Gilbert, who has undertaken remote Antarctic fieldwork and is passionately committed to communicating about science in an accessible way to reach and engage wide and diverse audiences.


About the University / School

The Open University is a public research university and with more than 170,000 students it is the University with the largest number of students in the UK. Worldwide The Open University has more than 2 million students. They offer flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications. With more than 50 years of experience in delivering part-time flexible education, the University has broadened its range of programmes to suit all needs.


Learning Format

Your learning, your rules- this course is split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like.

Join a global classroom- Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners.

Map your progress- Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control.

You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to read any announcements relating to your microcredential.

This microcredential consists of a single course of 10 week length. You are supposed to dedicate 10 study hours per week.

Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll also have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.


Entry Requirements

This is an introductory course and no previous skills or experience are required for this microcredential other than a willingness to engage in real-world climate change issues. This course would suit those with a scientifically curious mind and those who are comfortable with a cross-disciplinary approach. For example basic maths (subtraction, addition and multiplication) and basic graph reading skills are needed to support conclusions, and geopolitics are discussed in the context of the sustainable management of these regions.

Apply before:

24 October 2022

Enquire for this programme

The Open University - The Open University - Climate Change and the Polar Regions: Tools for the Climate Crisis