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PGCert Climate Change and Development

PGCert Climate Change and Development

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1 year

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Postgraduate Certificate

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Climatology Global Warming

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Course Summary


Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development globally, threatening current patterns of growth and poverty reduction whilst creating global injustice and vulnerability. Yet we are well placed with the knowledge and solutions to simultaneously tackle the crisis, meet the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of people all over the world.

Businesses, governments, development agencies and NGOs alike now seek to integrate low-carbon and climate-resilient approaches into their work. The Climate Change and Development programme equips students with a grounding in the conceptual and practical dimensions of mitigation of and adaptation to climate change as they relate to development issues.

Why study MSc Climate Change and Development at SOAS?

  • This online degree is designed to meet the needs of people working on, or hoping to work on, climate change and development issues, including in businesses, government, international agencies and NGOs.
  • The online format enables students to study for a MSc degree alongside work, caring or other commitments. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma options are available for those unable to meet the commitments of the full MSc.
  • The degree brings together a cohort of students from around the world into online discussions, led by specialist seminar tutors and convened by international experts.
  • The modules draw from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, concepts and methods including economics, environmental science, human geography, social development, political economy and environmental law.

What will you learn?

This programme equips students with the skills and understanding to:

  • develop the analytical skills to solve adaptation problems and identify low carbon development options
  • contribute to producing the next generation of environment and development professionals working on climate policy and practice
  • offer critical insight into how current development models produce environmental problems like climate change, which themselves threaten the objectives of development
  • pose the question of what magnitude of change is required to confront the problems of climate change: do we need reform or revolution?
  • provide the most academically gifted students with a route into PhD studies on climate change and development.

What will you study?

The core module for the MSc provides a multidisciplinary understanding of climate change processes and their direct and indirect interactions with development. It describes the main climate change processes, scenarios and vulnerabilities, and international and national policy responses. Contributions and sensitivities to climate change in different sectors (and options for mitigation and adaptation responses) are identified, with their implications for policies and outcomes for different economies, and for people’s livelihoods within them. It aims to provide students with a foundational, multidisciplinary understanding of core issues and processes, and their interactions with development and with poverty and poverty reduction.

Students will be best equipped to respond to, and anticipate, the rapidly changing science, environmental and social/political/economic contexts of climate change by an education in integrative core processes. Learning is contextualised with relevant applied explanations and case studies.


The module pays attention to issues in both ?developed? and ?emerging? economies as well as in poor developing economies. Those concerned about climate change and development in poorer economies need to understand more about ?northern? issues. This is because the mitigation and adaptation policies in the north affect poor people in the south in terms of more ?direct? impacts on global emissions (in the case of mitigation policies) but also, and very importantly, in terms of their 'indirect' impacts on market and other livelihood/economic opportunities and constraints affecting individuals, communities, and national and regional economies.

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Entry requirements

A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more

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