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Climate Change, Development and Policy - MSc

University of Sussex    School of Global Studies

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time. 2 years part time

About the course

Study the twin challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate risks, and how they influence global and regional development.

This course (for non-specialists in the climate field) explores the multiple and interconnected dimensions of science and technology, and the economics, politics and policy of development.

There is an emphasis on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You gain specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example on water, food and ecosystem services.

You gain practical experience of the methods, techniques and approaches used in the profession, including the financial and regulatory aspects of carbon management and climate risk management.

How will I study?

You learn through modules and options. Research methods and professional skills training prepare you for further research and a professional career, and includes training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation and receive additional bespoke research methods training.


We offer dissertation placements with a number of NGOs and help you find a 12-week study placement for the summer term and vacation.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


There is a rapidly expanding market for climate professionals. This course prepares you for employment in a wide range of government, non-government and academic organisations, as well as private companies in the areas of climate change, development and energy policy.

Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and developing careers in the profession, including among others:
-International organisations and agencies (including the UN Environment Programme, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank)
-Various NGOs (including the International Federation of the Red Cross, Renewable World, Action Against Hunger International)
-National government ministries and development agencies (including UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, DFID, GiZ)
-National environment agencies across the world
-A wide range of private-sector organisations (including energy utilities, the renewables sector, consultancy companies) and public-sector organisations (universities and not-for-profit organisations)
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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in either a social or natural science. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).

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25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.

Type of award
Postgraduate taught

1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship.

Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.

Contact details
Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Bramber House
East Sussex

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website.

Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.

Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.

Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.

Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system.

When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form.

Confirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.

The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2019 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2019 will not be considered.

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The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:

[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught

[[Award amount]]
Up to £3,000

The application deadline is 1st August 2019.

The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.

[[Further information]]
If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

hold or expect to achieve a First Class Bachelors degree from a UK university
have applied and received an offer for a full time, eligible Masters degree at Sussex starting in September 2019
submit a separate scholarship application after you have applied for your Masters

The scholarship relates to most full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM. MRes) however some courses are excluded, details of which are on the website.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course by 1st August 2019 via the University's postgraduate application system.

To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.

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