• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Attendance:

    4 evenings a week full-time or 2 evenings a week part-time

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    Completion of the correct option modules within this MSc allows you to become an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

    IEMA is the largest professional membership body for the environment with over 15,000 members working across all industry sectors. IEMA Associate Member status is required for many environmental job roles.

Programme overview

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

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.

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    Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    Application deadline: 20 September.

    Online application

    Climate Change (MSc) (Part-time)

    Climate Change (MSc) (Full-time)

    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    Course structure

    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.

    Compulsory modules

    Option modules

    MSc Climate Change dissertation

    Please note: not all option modules run every year.

    Entry requirements

    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.


    Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
    Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

    Additional costs

    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.

    Payment and Fees Discounts

    Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

    Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

    Funding and Financial Support

    The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

    Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

    Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

    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.

    Our research

    Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

    Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

    In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

    Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

    Further study opportunities

    If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Geography, Environment and Development Studies.