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MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy

MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy

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Full time | Institute of Development Studies | 1 year | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Climatology Global Warming

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Study the challenges of moving to a low-carbon economy and adapting to climate change, and how they influence global and regional development. This Masters in Climate Change course is for non-specialists in the climate field. You’ll explore the interconnected dimensions of science and technology, and the economics, politics, and policy of climate change.

Climate change and sustainable energy are among the most important issues of our time. The emphasis of this MSc is on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You’ll gain specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example related to water, food, and ecosystem services.

Based at the University of Sussex School of Global Studies, you’ll also learn from faculty in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Many of our graduates find employment in the climate profession.

Assessment criteria

You’ll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

There is a rapidly expanding market for climate professionals. This course prepares you for employment in a wide range of government, non-government, and academic organisations, as well as private companies in the areas of climate change, development and energy policy.

Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and developing careers in the profession, including among others:

  • international organisations and agencies (including the UN Environment Programme, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank)
  • various NGOs (including the International Federation of the Red Cross, Renewable World, Action Against Hunger International)
  • national government ministries and development agencies (including UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, DFID, GiZ)
  • national environment agencies across the world
  • a wide range of private-sector organisations (including energy utilities, the renewables sector, consultancy companies) and public-sector organisations (universities and not-for-profit organisations).

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • head of conference production, Climate Action
  • climate change specialist, World Bank
  • public international assistant, United Nations Environmental Programme

Modules

This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs, depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests.
The Science of Climate Change - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,500

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

18,975

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in the natural or social sciences.