Climate change is a multifaceted issue, with relevance across a wide range of economic sectors and policy areas. The MSc Climate Change offers you the chance to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to your study in climate change, engaging with academic, professional and popular literature.
The programme will equip you with an understanding of climate change and how this challenge is being tackled by governments, business and other organisations. You will be able to critically evaluate scientific scenarios of future climate and associated impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches, and determine suitable business responses to the climate change challenge. You will also explore the key debates and ideas from a range of viewpoints, balancing science, policy and business practice.
The course is designed for both climate change practitioners wishing to further develop their understanding of key issues, and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector. As the programme is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it provides a distinctive opportunity for practitioners to combine study with their career.
The five compulsory modules - Climate Change, Environment and Policy, Sustainable Business Practice, Energy and Climate Change, and Research Methods - give a comprehensive grounding in key topics and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels.
These compulsory courses are complemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests. Alternatively, you can elect to take option modules that lead to Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (IEMA) Associate Member status.
In addition, you will receive training in research methods and complete a research project, involving in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Application deadline: 20 September.
Climate Change (MSc) (Part-time)
Climate Change (MSc) (Full-time)
The MSc Climate Change comprises compulsory modules, option modules and a dissertation, to a total of 180 credits.
You take 5 compulsory modules: Climate Change and Environment and Policy, which are worth 30 credits each, and Energy and Climate Change and Sustainable Business Practice, which are worth 15 credits each.
You also take a compulsory research methods module, which is a zero-credit module, designed to equip you with the necessary skills to complete an independent research project.
You will pursue your own interests via option modules. You can choose either to complete modules that lead to Associate Member status with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment or take other option modules. You choose 2 option modules, each worth 15 credits.
You will also complete a 60-credit dissertation, conducting an in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.
MSc Climate Change dissertation
Please note: not all option modules run every year.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
The field-trip to Delhi, India is an optional element of this programme and will cost approximately £1130 per person.
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Funding and Financial Support
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.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
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 via lectures and seminars. Substantive content is also delivered through the Moodle virtual learning environment.
As well as formal face-to-face sessions, learning also involves reading and assimilating the literature on this subject and, also, engaging with key experts and stakeholders who will attend Birkbeck as guest speakers.
Staff teaching on this programme
Assessment is via coursework and examinations.
MSc programmes require a substantial piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation, which accounts for one-third of the course.