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Carbon Innovation (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert)

Course Description

Programme description

Based upon our highly successful on-campus MSc Carbon Management, this online programme utilises a blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and discussions to explore the economics and policy of climate change management.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of the economics of climate change and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon footprinting, ecosystem valuation, energy systems and energy policy.

This programme is designed for those with a passion for tackling climate change and who require the flexibility that online learning provides.

The programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Online learning

This programme is delivered as flexible part-time study using our online virtual learning environment. You will learn from academics working at the leading edge of carbon management and climate change.

The lectures are all delivered online through our virtual learning environment. The lectures are delivered as a series of short video segments, animated slides and accompanying reading resources and links.

Each week students and staff also meet online to discuss issues, questions and ideas with the group.

As a student of one of our online learning programmes, you will:
•have the flexibility to study when most convenient for you
•be able to study from anywhere with an internet connection
•have access to all University services and relevant academics
•become part of a rich and varied online community of people in your field
•learn the latest developments from people working at the leading edge in your field
•study for an internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate

Programme structure

This programme takes one year to complete (September to July), with one course per semester.

This programme comprises three compulsory courses that move from the economics of climate change, to measurement of climate change impacts to the policy and science behind the energy sources we use to power our world.

Compulsory courses typically are*:
•Carbon Economics
•Climate Change Measurement
•Energy & Climate

*Please note that courses are subject to change.

With this Postgraduate Certificate you can choose to:
•study it as a standalone qualification
•combine it with our Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management to form a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management
•to study it as one third of our MSc Carbon Management

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

•Use economic models, tools and theories relevant to carbon management
•Understand the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation
•Understand the range of measurement, calculation, reporting and auditing requirements and challenges imposed by climate change
•Understand the main drivers for carbon accounting, and have an appreciation for how they may change over time
•Understand the role that ecosystems play in terms of underpinning critical services for human wellbeing
•Understand, to a high level, the technical and economic benefits and challenges of the main energy sources
•Understand social, political and security challenges of various energy sources
•Have an in-depth knowledge of key international energy policies and a basic understanding of key regional energy policies.

Career opportunities

Our existing MSc Carbon Management boasts excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a great alumni network covering more than 25 nations and providing unrivalled opportunities to link up on research projects and find new positions in the field of carbon management.

The main employment sectors for our graduates are those of climate change consultancy, renewable energy and carbon management project development, as well as government and NGO climate change advisors. Several of our graduates are also now studying for climate change-focused PhDs.

Visit the Carbon Innovation (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We will also take any professional experience into account.

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