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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Climate Change and Development

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Climate Change and Development

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Study mode

Online

Duration

2 years

Start date

APR-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Climatology Global Warming

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

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.
  • The degree draws on research and professional experience from colleagues working on climate change across SOAS, a university with an international reputation for its work in the Global South.

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.

Teaching & Learning

This programme is taught 100% online through our VLE. In the VLE you will have access to learning materials and module resources anytime so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. For each module, students will be provided with access, through the online Library, to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.

Developed by subject experts, the module materials are designed to meet all your study requirements. We encourage you to follow up further interests and explore other information more widely, but the material we provide is comprehensive and sufficient for the required elements of each module.

Employment

This programme is designed to assist both existing professionals working within the sustainable development sphere, and people seeking to move into climate change and development fields. For existing professionals, the programme provides the opportunity to upgrade and update their expertise, and to reflect systematically and in depth on their accumulated experience in the light of up-to-date theory and literature.

Modules

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.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

MSc Fee - £9,750 PGDip Fee - £7,800 PGCert Fee - £3,900 Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on. You will make one payment of £1950 for each module you enroll on.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

MSc Fee - £9,750 PGDip Fee - £7,800 PGCert Fee - £3,900 Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on. You will make one payment of £1950 for each module you enroll on.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more