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Climate Change and Environmental Policy MSc


University of Leeds School of Earth & Environment

Full time September, January MSc 12 months full time

About the course

Climate Change is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non-profit making organisations.

Our Climate Change and Environmental Policy MSc provides you with a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy and governance.

You will receive a solid foundation in the physical and social science of climate change and its impacts, including adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change. You will also develop a critical understanding of the policy tools available to promote environmental protection.

This Masters programme combines modules taught at the School of Earth and Environment,

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in environmental, social science, management, economics or related subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case by case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

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Where is University of Leeds


Student Profile(s)

Arianna Griffa

Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?

I was looking for an interdisciplinary masters programme that delved into both the science of climate change and the policy and governance issues connected with it. Leeds is not only one of the few institutions offering such programme, but it also gives you the invaluable opportunity to be taught by world-renowned scientists and experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and join an international postgraduate community of like-minded students.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

One of the first and most challenging projects was a research project about climate change adaptation in Leeds. We had to do a survey of the population of Leeds and analyse the data we collected through questionnaires. Stopping people on the streets and asking questions sounds easy until you actually arrive in the city centre and attempt to interview people! As you might imagine, I was not really pleased with the task at the time, yet now I know that this experience pushed me out my comfort zone, giving me confidence and experience to master future challenges.

I was also really lucky to present the findings of this research at the Student Sustainability Conference 2018, organised on campus and showcasing the most exciting sustainability projects at the University of Leeds – truly inspiring!


What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Having acquired a sound understanding of climate change science and policymaking processes, I believe my course has equipped me with the necessary specialist knowledge and critical thinking skills to successfully pursue a purpose-driven career in the field of climate change and sustainable development.

Furthermore, my experience as a Sustainability Architect working with the Sustainability Team of the University of Leeds has provided me with professional skills in communication, behavior-change and stakeholder engagement that are ever more important for a career in sustainability.


What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
If you are passionate about climate change and are looking for a stimulating and challenging environment to develop your skills and make a positive impact, then look no further! This is the right programme for you.


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