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Climate Change (Environment, Science and Policy) MSc

Climate Change (Environment, Science and Policy) MSc

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Full time | Strand Campus | 1 year | 17-JAN-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Climatology Science Global Warming

Course type


Course Summary


Our Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc course provides an opportunity to explore key issues relating to climate and environmental change at an advanced level. You will explore a wide range of critical topics focusing on human influences on the Earth’s climate and environment, and their societal consequences. The Science pathway focuses on the physical science aspects, such as forecasting climate change and its impacts. The Policy pathway focuses on the societal aspects, such as policymaking, adaptation and communication. Both pathways are flexible, with an interdisciplinary list of optional modules.

Course detail

The Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc is a flexible programme allowing you to study either a Policy or a Science pathway. The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the scientific and policy basis of a series of global environmental change issues, the roles of both human influence and natural variability, and the process of scientific research and policymaking in these areas. You will also develop essential research, analysis and critical-thinking skills that will help you to understand and interpret scientific evidence and respond to the problems associated with global and regional environmental changes in the Earth’s system.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and typically 20 hours per module. We also expect you to undertake 130 hours of independent study for each module. Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays and other written assignments, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally an examination, depending on the modules selected. All students also undertake a research-based dissertation of 12,000 words.

Career prospects

Our graduates have secured careers in national and international consultancies and NGOs, governments, charities, research organisations, journalism and teaching, along with many undertaking doctoral research at King’s and other universities in a broad range of Climate Science related topics.


Modelling Environmental Change (15 Credits)
Fundamentals of Climate Change (15 Credits)
Practising Social Research (15 Credits)
Methods for Environmental Data Analysis (15 Credits)
Environmental Science and Policymaking (15 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Research Design and Project Management (15 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 degree with preference given to geography, natural sciences (such as environmental science, physics, chemistry and biology) and engineering subjects. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.