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Course content

Programme description

The online MSc in Carbon Management is a ground-breaking development of the award-winning campus-based MSc in Carbon Management programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Building on the proven success and expert content of the established residential programme, this new online programme provides high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

The programme is designed for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification in tackling climate change management by business, industry, NGOs and government.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of climate science and economics, and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon management. Students can devise study programmes suited to their own personal interests and career goals through their choice of individual research projects.

Online learning

The online delivery allows study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments. A blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and online discussions enables students to explore the science and business responses to climate change.

Programme structure

The MSc is completed on a part-time basis over a period of 36 months, starting in September each year. There is also a 24 month accelerated learning option.

The MSc comprises seven core courses and a dissertation, and is organised into three sections:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (60 credits, 3 courses)
  2. Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation (60 credits, 3 courses)
  3. Applied Carbon Methods (60 credits, 1 course and dissertation)

The first two sections can be taken as standalone qualifications. If both are successfully completed then the student will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management.

In order to achieve the full MSc in Carbon Management, the first two Certificates must be successfully completed before the third can be taken. This is because the core courses taught in these Certificates provide the foundation knowledge required to carry out the research element on the programme.

Each of the Certificates are part-time one-year courses, with one course each semester.

Read more about the Postgraduate Certificates:

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key issues relating to global, regional and local carbon management, specifically: the science of climate change; the economics of climate change; the business response to climate change
  • be familiar with carbon auditing methodologies, as well as the tools used for climate change impact assessment and adaptation planning
  • develop and demonstrate an integrated view of mitigation and adaptation by businesses, NGOs and governments
  • possess in-depth knowledge and understanding in more specific climate change management related areas and obtain an understanding of how to undertake research and apply this knowledge in the context of a major study (dissertation)
  • demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines within carbon management studies
  • conduct research into carbon management issues that require familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies

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, and government and NGO climate change advisors. Several of our graduates are also now studying for climate change-focused PhDs.


Visit the Carbon Management (Online Distance Learning) - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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