Climate Change (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


One year full-time or two years part-time


Four evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time

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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 Management and Assessment (IEMA) Graduate member (GradIEMA) status.

IEMA is a non-profit membership organisation that promotes best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment, and supports the professional development of individuals involved in the environmental and sustainability profession in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. It is the largest professional membership body for the environment with over 15,000 members working across all industry sectors. Students on the programme enjoy free access to Student membership of the IEMA; those with industry experience may be eligible to apply for fast-tracked Practitioner (PIEMA) status.

You will receive training in research methods and complete a research project, involving in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.

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Course structure

You take five compulsory modules, one or two option modules (either one of 30 or two of 15 credits) and write a dissertation.

Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.

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Please note: not all option modules run every year.

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