Why study with us?

With our Master's in Global Environmental Change, you'll gain a solid foundation in environmental science, data collection and analysis, and land/water-use interactions. You'll develop key skills and knowledge needed to address some of the world's major challenges.

Why this MSc?

Changes to the environment manifest globally but will incur varied, and potentially devastating local impacts. This Master's programme seeks to reflect the interactions or 'nexus' between land use, water demands, food provision and energy supply. This framework becomes more pressing in a future under climate change. The compulsory courses will embody the complexity of this 'nexus', providing both a theoretical foundation on topics such as climate change and complementary practical skills such as carbon accounting which will enhance employability. Core courses include:

  • Meteorology and Climate Change
  • Environmental Footprinting
  • Climate Change Adaptation

The programme also offers a range of optional subjects including:

  • Geographic Information, where students gain valuable skills and experience using data to solve real-world problems
  • Environmental Law, where students develop analytical skills whilst gaining a grounding of the principles underlying the legal protection of the environment in both EU and UK law.

Global Environmental Change is a wide-ranging programme which reflects the strength of unique expertise held within the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), where recent interdisciplinary research ranges from practical areas with a direct relevance to climate adaptation – such as agricultural practices – to issues of equity and environmental economics. NRI staff who lead courses in this programme have contributed to global initiatives such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports.

Where will I study?

You will be based at the University of Greenwich, Medway Campus in Kent, where you will benefit from the expert knowledge within the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), a prize-winning research and teaching institute specializing in food, environment, agriculture and sustainable development.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An honors degree (at least 2.2 or above)
  • OR an equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment consists of a combination of:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Formal examinations
  • Seminars
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Last updated February 11, 2019
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