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Part time


36 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Climatology Global Warming

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The MRes in Climate Change Adaptation aims to provide advanced study of key issues related to climate change, and particularly around how infrastructure will need to adapt.

The course links with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the United Nations, and in particular the different indicators associated with SDG13 on Climate Action.

This course is designed to cater mainly for graduates with an engineering education, and employees of public and private sector companies who wish to upgrade their skills to be able to tackle the complex issues relating to the current climate crisis, circular economy goals, and the design of engineering options for mitigating environmental impacts and promoting sustainable development.

An MRes offers a unique and bespoke experience; you can tailor your studies to suit your own research interests and career objectives. The course is largely research and project-based but there is also a taught element to it. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has strong industrial links which contributes to the overall student experience, too. You'll be taught by an interdisciplinary group of professionally qualified civil engineers, environmental scientists, geoscientists, environmental impact assessors and modellers, and social scientists.

An MRes takes one year full-time or two years part-time to complete. While full-time study is available to UK and international students, part-time study on-campus is only available to students from the UK or EU. You can also study this course part-time through online Distance Learning, over 36 months, offering a flexible mode of study. Distance Learning is available to UK and international students.

Learning & teaching

Taught classes are delivered via a mixture of approaches that may include lectures, online quizzes, tutorials, workshops, and research seminars.

The dissertation represents independent study to deliver new research in a field relating to climate change adaptation that interests you and that develops the skills you wish to acquire. Your independent study will be supported by the supervisor(s), research groups, and the MRes Director.


The class provides students with knowledge & skills applicable to atmospheric pollution and climate change impacts, ranging from local to global scales. This includes a focus on the assessment & management of impacts on human health through effective interface between the public health sciences of environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology; and environmental engineering approaches to manage environmental risks. The class achieves these aims through research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on risk-centred methods. The class is delivered using lectures based on a well-established textbook, computer laboratories and project-based teaching. Student interaction is encouraged throughout the class through directed reading, project work, and structured feedback.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students require a minimum of first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK institution (or overseas equivalent), and preferably a Masters-level qualification (or equivalent).

University information

The University of Strathclyde is a first-rate institution, offering a diverse variety of postgraduate course options and fostering an inclusive university community, welcoming students from around the globe and from all types of backgrounds. Strathclyde is a research-oriented university, delivering a transformative learning experience. It invests intelligently in campus facilities to provide a superb environment in which to study and...more

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