The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of pounds of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Our MSc in Carbon Finance prepares students to deliver this investment with advanced knowledge and skills.
This programme is the world's first MSc in Carbon Finance, dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment, focussed on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society's response to climate change. Our programme is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds.
Learning will be through a combination of lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, solving problems in tutorials and case studies. In their first term (Sep-Dec) students will take induction and core courses. During the second term (Jan-May) students will have the opportunity to choose from optional courses. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug).
The School hosts the Centre for Business and Climate Change, a leading international centre for business and climate change education, research and public engagement. The Centre is renowned for its high level of corporate engagement and knowledge transfer, its development of innovative strategies and its cross-disciplinary collaboration at both a national and regional level.
The explosion of carbon finance and investment has created a range of new types of businesses and careers. Graduates from this programme will typically pursue a career in carbon trading, carbon consulting, SRI investment or asset management, carbon entrepreneurship, climate change policy, or carbon accounting. The programme can also be good preparation for further research at PhD level.
Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.
You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or a social or physical science is normally required.
The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of dollars of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Delivering this investment will require greatly enhanced capacity in all aspects of carbon finance.
The programme aims to provide graduates with an understanding of:
- The current state of climate change science, greenhouse gas stabilization pathways and the principal mitigation and adaptation options.
- Climate change policy responses at international, regional, national and local levels and the various types of regulatory response available to governments.
- The relationship between climate change science, policy, carbon markets and other climate finance and investment.
- What carbon finance means and the relationship between carbon finance and conventional finance.
- Essentials of conventional finance and financing issues in the energy sector in particular.
- The structure and dynamics of the major global, regional and national-level carbon markets, including voluntary carbon markets and the flexibility mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol and its successor agreement(s).
- Accounting for carbon at firm, project and product/supply chain level, carbon auditing, financial reporting and non-financial disclosure, benchmarking, taxation implications, and the ethics of carbon accounting.
- The use of statistics for financial research.
- An appreciation of the role that carbon finance plays in an organisation's strategy, finance and accounting decisions.
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Last updated December 16, 2015