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Global Environment Challenges (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert)

Course Description

Programme description

Drawing from the University’s unique breadth of expertise, students on this programme develop an in-depth appreciation of how human activity drives environmental change.

Human activity is changing the natural environment at an unprecedented rate. As a result, humanity faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges: global warming, ecosystem disruption, biodiversity loss, and, for many, increasing difficulty in meeting the basic human needs for energy, food, water and shelter.

This part-time, online distance learning programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding these contemporary environmental issues and will also develop our students’ capacities to address these in professional life.

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

Online learning

Due to the highly flexible nature of this programme, it is an excellent way for those with work or family commitments to gain a further qualification with minimum interruption or to introduce students to a virtual learning environment.

Programme structure

The certificate is split into three taught courses, which are delivered through an exciting mixture of online modes, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading as well as a range of interactive online reflection and discursive activities.
•Global Environment Challenges (offered from September to December): this course introduces the nature and relevance of key environmental challenges.
•Climate Change Mitigation (offered from January to March): this course examines climate change mitigation at a range of scales from geo-engineering to microgeneration, often focusing on the UK and Scotland as a case studies.
•Ecosystem Values and Management (offered from March to June): this course considers the roles that ecosystems play in providing a range of ‘services’, including climate regulation, water, food, shelter as well as cultural and spiritual values.

MSc Global Challenges

After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Development Challenges and Global Health Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.

Learning outcomes

Students will be equipped to:
•understand the challenges for society relating to sustainability, human wellbeing and environmental change
•critically evaluate local and regional environment-related issues, initiatives and projects within a global context
•apply theories and insights from scholarly research to support the development of appropriate responses to such issues through practice and policy

Career opportunities

This certificate will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for work with governments, NGOs, international aid organisations, United Nations agencies, the private sector, universities, other research institutions and elsewhere.

Visit the Global Environment Challenges (Online Distance Learning) (PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. Professional experience will also be taken into account.

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