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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Finance / Accounting (General) Climatology

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Course Summary

Programme description

The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of dollars of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Delivering this investment will require greatly enhanced capacity in all aspects of carbon finance. In addition, following the Paris Agreement both developed and developing countries now have increased commitments for addressing climate change which is driving increased demand for skills and knowledge in carbon and climate finance.

Our MSc in Carbon Finance is dedicated to developing professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment. Designed to develop your understanding of how the challenges of climate change are driving trillions of dollars of new investment in a huge range of sectors, including energy production, housing and infrastructure, the programme will also prepare you to deliver this investment with advanced knowledge and skills.

Typically students will not have had an opportunity to specialise in climate change but will want to move into a career in climate change investment, carbon markets, consulting or carbon accounting.

Likely future roles include carbon credit development, low carbon portfolio management, renewable energy investment, climate find management, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting and related policy or regulatory roles (for example, with government or NGOs).

Very few business schools in the world have a similar depth of expertise in climate change finance and investment.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will be able to:

  • explain and evaluate the current state of climate change science and key climate change policy initiatives
  • explain and apply principles of finance in the energy sector
  • describe and critically evaluate the structure and dynamics of the major global, regional and national-level carbon markets
  • explain and apply practices and procedures of carbon accounting
  • describe and evaluate the challenges and opportunities for low-carbon investment.


The course aims to provide students with an introductory understanding of research methods used in the area of climate change finance, both qualitative and quantitative. Students will develop a conceptual and critical understanding of these research methods and will learn how to implement some of these methods in workshops. This course provides an introduction to social science research methods that are commonly used in climate change finance research. Carbon finance/climate change is a rapidly growing field, cross-disciplinary in nature, which requires an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative techniques to fully appraise research in these areas.

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Entry requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or a social or physical science is normally required. Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.

Department profile

The University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of research excellence, dating back to 1919, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce 100 years ago. We’re committed to developing tomorrow’s business leaders, like any Business School. But what really drives us is helping you play to your strengths, add to them, and develop strong relationships that will open up the world to you. These relationships...more

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