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An MSc, or Master of Science, is a postgraduate degree earned in a scientific field of study. It can take anywhere from one year to four years to complete, depending on a variety of factors. Typically, your undergraduate degree should be in the subject you plan to study at the postgraduate level.

What is an MSc in Climate Studies? It is a postgraduate degree program that provides students with an understanding of the science, politics and economics around climate change. Individuals interested in pursuing a career in climate science research or a job working with the government of business consultancy will most likely find this subject area to be highly stimulating. Programs are often designed to offer training to the next generation of climate experts. Students can take courses in energy and climate change, environmental assessment effectiveness and modeling environmental processes.

As a student learns about climate studies, transferable skills they’ll develop often include the ability to tackle complex world issues, to work as part of a team and to consider ideas contrary to their own beliefs. These skills can enhance both personal and professional relationships.

An MSc in Climate Studies is offered at many schools worldwide and in a variety of formats. These along with other factors affect the price of enrollment. Prospective students should research any school of interest. Admissions offices can provide more detailed information about the cost of attendance.

As a multidisciplinary degree, an MSc in Climate Studies prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities across different disciplines and backgrounds to suit global demands. Job opportunities may present themselves in locations all over the world working with governmental or international organizations, insurance or consulting companies, or NGOs. Graduates may find that they are qualified for positions like climatologist, postgraduate researcher, scientific publisher and environmental consultant.

Master’s programs in climate studies are available online through universities across the globe. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Climate Studies

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU

Environmental processes and dynamics encompass many aspects of physical systems on global, regional and local scales. Accelerating climate change alters hydrological proc ... [+]

Environmental processes and dynamics encompass many aspects of physical systems on global, regional and local scales. Accelerating climate change alters hydrological processes and biogeochemical turnover rates, affect landscape dynamics and ecological systems. These changes impose fundamental research challenges and, as a consequence, increase the volume of spatial data. These changes are studied by the Institute of Geography in Erlangen from different research perspectives.

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Germany Nuremberg Erlangen
April 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy (GECP) is the first Master's programme to jointly address the issues of climate and energy policy in an interdisciplinary fashion ... [+]

MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy

Duration: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part-time).

Minimum Entry Requirements: A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates with a lower class degree but degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The use of energy – electricity generation, transportation, heating/cooling and industrial consumption – is the most important driver of climate change by far. Effectively addressing this urgent global challenge, therefore, requires transformational changes in the ways we produce, consume and govern energy. More than two decades of political contestation have shown that a supportive policy environment – meaningful and consistent domestic laws and regulation underpinned by ambitious international treaties – is the only way to affect these changes, develop alternatives to emissions-intensive fossil fuels and transition economies around the world onto a secure, low-carbon and climate-friendly footing.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
Glasgow Caledonian University - The School of Engineering and Built Environment

Climate Justice is an important global topic and is expected to grow as climate change impacts more people and more focus is placed on domestic and international policy, ... [+]

The only programme of its kind in the world, GCU's MSc Climate Justice explores one of the most pressing issues of our times: climate justice, where climate change, human rights and policy development intersect.

Each year, the effects of climate change become more pronounced. People all over the world are already being displaced due to rising sea levels, crop-destroying droughts and disasters like floods and forest fires. Over the next decade, these climate consequences will only intensify. How we chose to move forward may be one of the most important ethical questions of the 21st century.

Your MSc Climate Justice programme will prepare you to think strategically and contribute to the growing field of climate justice. You might help craft public policy at a local or global level, work with a non-profit or intergovernmental agency, assist a developmental organisation or pursue academic research in the field.... [-]

United Kingdom Glasgow
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 5 years
Campus
Online
Utrecht University

The MSc in Climate Physics is a two-year research Master’s program that provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the fundamental physical processes tha ... [+]

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Our Master’s program in Climate Physics offers you a unique combination of theoretical courses and practical training in all aspects of the Earth’s climate. You’ll study physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere – as well as explore their interactions.

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this program as the best in the field of Physics in the Netherlands.

Highly Skilled Researcher

The two-year Climate Physics program trains you to be a highly skilled researcher by focusing on the fundamental physical processes that make up the Earth’s climate system. The complex nature of the work requires advanced mathematical skills right from the start. You will build on this foundation by adding specialized theoretical, observational, and computational knowledge and skills relating to the atmosphere, meteorology, oceans, cryosphere (ice), and biosphere. Moreover, your instructors will encourage you to develop a critical attitude towards your research results and your underlying assumptions.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht
February 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Utrecht University

On our Master's program in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary syste ... [+]

About

In our Master's program in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year program will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

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Netherlands Utrecht
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs

The Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate will prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the imposing challenges posed by climate ... [+]

The Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate will prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the imposing challenges of climate change for human institutions and ecosystems and the potentially transformative role of sustainable energy systems. Students develop a firm grasp of climate change science and the potential impacts of climate change in this century and beyond. Moreover, they develop substantial expertise in energy law and policymaking, as well as a working understanding of primary energy technologies, including both fossil fuel-based systems and renewable energy options.

Graduates of the MS in Energy Policy and Climate are well positioned to succeed in one of the fastest growing industries in the nation—and the world. As global energy demands increase at an ever-quickening pace, so too will the need for dynamic professionals capable of managing the delicate balance between the changing environment and our energy dependent society.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Part-time
1 - 5 years
Online
Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering

The International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) programme aims at teaching the knowledge, tools, technologies and applications in the context of ... [+]

Increased population pressure, industrialisation and intensive land use are causing depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land with respect to its functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, etcetera. The additive effects of climate change and the above-mentioned aspects of global change influence the capacity of soils to regenerate and may even cause soil degradation.

The future capacity of soils to support (human) life is at stake. Programmes have been developed to protect the environment and to increase ecosystem resilience. Numerous directives on soil response to external pressures have been developed and implemented. A wealth of scientific knowledge is available but dispersed due to the specialisation of research groups, which makes it difficult for students to follow a focused curriculum on soils and global change at any individual university.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus