The MSc Climate Change Management aims to meet the needs of both climate change practitioners and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector. The programme provides a comprehensive advanced level grounding in many areas of climate change and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels. As the programme is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it provides a distinctive opportunity for practitioners to combine study with a continuing career.
In the compulsory programme, you gain an informed understanding of the key issues in the 3 main areas of science, policy and business, by engaging with academic, professional and popular literature. You are able to critically evaluate scientific scenarios for future climates and landscape impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches, and determine suitable business responses to the climate change challenge. You are then able to pursue your own interests, both within climate change and across the broad range of Master's-level environment modules. The research project comprises in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change, in a number of contexts.
It is also possible to specialise in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and gain an MSc Climate Change Management with GIS.
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Watch an Introduction to Climate Change taster lecture.
Lecture: 'Climate Change and the River Thames' (delivered by Becky Briant)
The River Thames is the lifeblood of London, yet under future climate change scenarios it will be under considerable pressure. With projected changes in rainfall affecting both the water quality and quantity received in the upper reaches of the Thames and sea level rise encroaching in the lower parts, what is the future for this iconic part of London’s landscape?
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How to apply
For the MSc Climate Change Management with GIS, please apply for the MSc Climate Change Management programme, indicating in your application that you are interested in taking the GIS pathway. We will then contact you to discuss this further, if you plan to study full-time. Part-time students can change between their first and second years.
Please note the MSc Climate Change Management with GIS does not allow you to gain Associate Membership of IEMA as part of your studies.
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Application deadlines and interviews
Application deadline: 20 September
Climate Change Management (MSc) (Part-time)
Climate Change Management (MSc) (Full-time)
The MSc Climate Change Management comprises 6 taught modules: 2 at 30 credits, the others at 15 credits. A 60-credit dissertation is also required, making 180 credits in total.
Compulsory modules are undertaken in the first year in Climate Change (30 credits), including science, mitigation and adaptation; Environment and Policy (30 credits); and Climate Change and Sustainable Business Practice (15 credits) and Energy and Climate Change (15 credits). By engaging with academic, professional and popular literature you gain an informed understanding of the key issues in the 3 main areas of science, policy and business. You are able to critically evaluate scientific scenarios for future climates and landscape impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches and determine suitable business and energy responses to the climate change challenge.
In the second year of the programme, you focus on developing research skills (GEDS Research Methods module - 15 credits) and pursuing your own interests in one 15-credit option module. You can choose either to complete modules that lead to Associate Member status with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA Learning Outcome 1 [0 credits] and Environmental Reporting and Management Systems [15 credits]) or other option modules (e.g. Readings in the Environment, Cultural Landscapes or other Birkbeck modules). You also complete a dissertation conducting an in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change, in a number of contexts.
Students on the MSc Climate Change Management with GIS take Climate Change (30 credits); Environment and Policy (30 credits); Climate Change and Sustainable Business Practice (15 credits) and Energy and Climate Change (15 credits); Introduction to GIS (15 credits); and one of: GIS Data and Databases (15 credits); Remote Sensing and Environment (15 credits) and Spatial Analysis and Statistics (15 credits) and a dissertation.
Compulsory modules: MSc Climate Change Management
Compulsory modules: MSc Climate Change Management with GIS pathway
Good honours degree or equivalent.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
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Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue a career in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include nature conservation officer, environmental consultant, or geographical information systems officer.
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We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching takes place in lectures and seminars. Substantive content is also delivered through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Student learning, as well as taking place within formal face-to-face sessions, involves reading and assimilating the considerable literature on this subject and engaging with key experts and stakeholders in guest sessions within the programme.
Coursework and examinations. Master’s programmes require a substantial piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation, which accounts for one-third of the MSc.