In this unique, multidisciplinary MSc, you study the twin challenges of climate mitigation and adaptation, and how they influence global and regional development. This includes the multiple and interconnected dimensions of economics, technology, politics and policy. Throughout the course, we consider the influence of climate science in informing these arenas (taught for non-specialist in the climate field).
There is an emphasis on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You acquire specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example on water, food and ecosystem services. You also look at the principles, policies and practices of mitigation and adaptation within the international, national and local domains. You gain practical experience of the methods, techniques and approaches used in the profession, including the financial and regulatory aspects of carbon management.
The course is taught jointly by the School of Global Studies (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global/
), SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/
), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (http://www.ids.ac.uk/
). All three are renowned worldwide for agenda-setting research in environmental science, technology and innovation policy, international development, and climate, energy and sustainability policy.
Sussex/IDS – ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings By Subject 2015) – is a vibrant hub of ideas and activities related to climate change. You benefit from an extensive programme of seminars and events, delivered by expert academics, policy-makers and development practioners from organisations from around the world. As part of our interdisciplinary student community, you are connected to an unparalleled professional network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.
Autumn term: you take the two core courses Introduction to Climate Change Development, Economics and Policy • The Science of Climate Change.
Spring term: you choose two modules from Low-Carbon Development • Climate Resilient Development • Climate and Energy Policy • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation • Challenges in Climate Prediction. You can also choose options from related Masters courses.
You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career, and includes training in GIS. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation. We help you find a 12-week study placement for the summer term and vacation.
Summer term: you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation and receive additional research methods training.
Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.
Home UK/EU students: £7,500 per year(1)
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £7,500 per year
Overseas students: £14,800 per year
(1) The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
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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. This MSc is designed to provide state-of-the-art training for professionals in these fields. We offer dissertation placements with a number of NGOs.
Our graduates have been very successful in finding employment after completion of their courses. Among others, our MSc alumni work with:
- international organisations and agencies (including the UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, The World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank)
- various NGOs (including International Federation of the Red Cross, Renewable World, African Wildlife Foundation, 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, renewables sector, re-insurance and construction companies, consultancy companies) and public-sector organisations (universities and not-for-profit organisations including think-tanks such as ODI or Green Jobs Alliance).