Climate Change Degree Programs

MSc Climate Change

Maynooth University (Ireland)

The MSc in Climate Change at Maynooth University is offered by the Department of Geography to provide Graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enable them to undertake analysis of both global and Irish related climate change science, impacts and policies. The MSc was first offered in 2008–09 due to the need for trained graduates in meeting the challenges posed by climate change, particularly in the areas of simulating future climates, impacts modelling, developing mitigation and adaptation strategies and decision making under uncertainty.


MSc Climate Change and Development

Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom)

The MSc in Climate Change and Development is a multidisciplinary course that aims to provide state-of-the-art training for future climate change and development professionals. You acquire specialist knowledge of the causes of climate change (taught specifically for non-climate specialists), the physical and human consequences, and efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Throughout, the emphasis is on the specific implications of climate change for poverty in developing countries, the processes of adaptation, and policy responses. You can develop a specialist thematic or regional enquiry in the dissertation.


MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change

The London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)

Environmental economics is playing an increasingly central role in both understanding the causes of, and designing policy solutions to, contemporary environmental problems. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of human-induced climate change. Amongst others, economic analyses have been used to determine the net costs/benefits of different policy scenarios, to better understand how to achieve and sustain international cooperation, and to evaluate the efficiency of different environmental policy instruments. Environmental economics has been instrumental in informing policy across the world, for example, in market creation such as for carbon, or the design of new interventions such as payments for ecosystem services (PES). In these, and across a wide range of other issues, from biodiversity and ecosystem loss, air pollution, to, more broadly, the link between the environment and sustainable economic development, the theory and applied tools of environmental economics are uniquely placed to inform and guide decision-makers in addressing environmental challenges.


M.Sc. Climate Change and Environmental Policy

University of Leeds (United Kingdom)

This programme provides a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy. It provides students with a solid foundation in the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and with a critical understanding of the policy tools that can be used to promote environmental protection.


M.Sc. Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy

King’s College London (United Kingdom)

This MSc programme is designed to meet the need for multidisciplinary training in the study of Earth's environmental changes, both past, present and future. Focusing across the terrestrial, hydrologic and atmospheric components of the Earth system, the course covers both anthropogenic influences and natural variability and includes study of key techniques used by scientists and policymakers to investigate these issues and their potential effects. Suitable for those first degrees across a range of subjects, the programme is divided into "science" and "policy" streams, depending on student background and primary interest. The programme is designed to prepare graduating students for careers in environmental change research, consultancy and/or policy development.


LL.M. Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy

University of Dundee (United Kingdom)

Following the growing global urgency to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), has introduced a full-time Masters of Law in Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy. In 2008, the UK introduced the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle climate change. Other countries are also developing and introducing climate change policy and regulations. This 12-month LLM focuses on the development and application of climate change legislation and regulation and its impact on energy reform.


M.Sc. Climate Change Management

University of London (United Kingdom)

The MSc Climate Change Management aims to meet the needs of both climate change practitioners and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector. The programme provides a comprehensive advanced level grounding in many areas of climate change and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels. As the programme is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it provides a distinctive opportunity for practitioners to combine study with a continuing career.


M.Sc. Climate Change and Development (2016 Entry)

University of Sussex (United Kingdom)

Climate change and sustainable energy are perhaps the most important issues of our time. The challenge is to make a worldwide transition to a low-carbon economy, while at the same time providing modern energy services to a growing population and adapting to the increasingly substantial, but often uncertain, impacts of a changing climate. To meet these challenges, society needs professionals and policy-makers who understand the complex, multidimensional scientific, socioeconomic, technological and institutional challenges associated with sustainable energy, climate change mitigation and climate adaptation.