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Carbon Finance (Msc)

Course Description

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.

This programme is the world's first MSc in Carbon Finance, dedicated to professionals in the carbon market and climate change investment field and focussed on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society's response to climate change.

The syllabus uniquely focuses on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society’s response to climate change (carbon finance).

The MSc in Carbon Finance will appeal to graduates with significant work experience in business, government or the NGO sector.

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

Likely future roles include carbon credit development, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting and related policy or regulatory roles (e.g. with government or NGOs).

This MSc offers an intensive exploration of a subject crucial to the future of business and, of course, the planet itself. Very few business schools in the world have a similar depth of expertise in carbon finance.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain an understanding of:

-the current state of climate change science, greenhouse gas stabilization pathways and the principal mitigation and adaptation options
-climate change policy responses at international, regional, national and local levels and the various types of regulatory response available to governments
-the relationship between climate change science, policy, carbon markets and other climate finance and investment
-what carbon finance means and the relationship between carbon finance and conventional finance
-essentials of conventional finance and financing issues in the energy sector in particular
-the structure and dynamics of the major global, regional and national-level carbon markets, including voluntary carbon markets and the flexibility mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol and its successor agreement(s)
-accounting for carbon at firm, project and product/supply chain level, carbon auditing, financial reporting and non-financial disclosure, benchmarking, taxation implications, and the ethics of carbon accounting
-the use of statistics for financial research
-an appreciation of the role that carbon finance plays in organisations’ strategy, finance and accounting decisions

Visit the Carbon Finance (Msc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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. Consideration will be given to candidates with very good honours degree in other disciplines if they demonstrate adequate motivation and interest in the programme.

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