The MSc Climate Change and International Development degree has been designed to meet the career needs of people working in international development and climate change policy and practice.
The course will cover a range of issues surrounding international and local dimensions, particularly the questions of mitigation and adaptation in resource-poor and vulnerable settings.
In recent years climate change has held a lead position on the international development agenda and world political stage.
Taught by a team of internationally-renowned natural scientists, policy analysts and economists, the Masters course material will draw upon existing and ongoing research and applied work through the School of International Development and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Its interdisciplinary approach ensures that students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the School of Environmental Sciences through the science-based modules that focus on climate change.
The course will address multiple dimensions of climate change and development: International policy frameworks on climate change; urban climate change governance; adaptation and mitigation choices and pathways; adaptation and national responses; linking climate change mitigation and development; carbon trade, markets and development; climate change and poverty reduction, trade-offs and synergies; local responses to extreme events and disasters; adaptation and mitigation impacts in Africa; and sectoral responses (e.g. water, energy, food and forests).
There may also be the opportunity for some students on this course to participate in a UNFCCC meeting.
The MSc Climate Change and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.
Our Masters courses require students to undertake 180 credits:
- Compulsory and Optional modules (120 credits)
- Examination (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)
Students will receive detailed module outlines, including information about lectures and seminars, full reading lists and assessments once they have registered at the beginning of their course.
Professional, Employability and Practical Skills
A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during your Masters programme for the teaching and strengthening of student skills. Sessions to support learning - in particular essay and dissertation writing - occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided. Please click to access further information about the Skills Training and Development Practice programme.
The Climate Change and Development Research Group
Research in the School of International Development addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Research is organised into a series of Research Groups. Please click to access further information about the Climate Change and Development Research Group and our current research projects.
“It is testament to the School and its cutting-edge research that it would be the first in the country (possible the world) to offer a course specifically tailored to this emerging and hugely important field. I was impressed by the interdisciplinary nature of teaching – even being ab le to take classes from top climate change experts in the School of Environmental Sciences.”
Robbie, MSc Climate Change and International Development Graduate
- Degree Subject: Social Science
- Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent
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Last updated December 17, 2015