Start of programme: October/April
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
Duration: MSc/PGDip min. 2 years; PGCert min. 1 year
This MSc will give you a thorough grounding in how current development models produce environmental problems, like climate change, which then threaten the objectives of development.
Through an interdisciplinary perspective which surveys the science of climate change, adaptation and mitigation, you will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills required for critically engaging with and changing development policy and practice.
Building on the subject area knowledge acquired across the core and elective modules, you will study research methods and elaborate a topic for more detailed investigation in the form of a dissertation.
Programme structures MSc: four modules, comprising one core (30 credits) and three elective modules (30 credits each) from list A and list B below. You will also be required to complete a dissertation (60 credits).In a typical two-year MSc programme cycle, the dissertation is completed in four eight week stages. These stages take place in between the normal study sessions, but a study in term time it is also permitted.
PGDip: four modules, as per the requirements for MSc students, but will not be required to complete a dissertation (thereby gaining 120 credits in total).
PGCert: one core module and one module from List A.
Core module Climate change and development
List A Climate Change Adaptation Low Carbon Development Energy and Development
List B Biodiversity, Conservation and Development Food Security and Social Protection Gender and Social Inequality Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Political Economy of Public Policy Understanding Poverty Urban Sustainability Water and Land Management for Sustainable Development
- PGDip: £7,600
- PGCert: £3,800
Pay as you Learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
This programme is designed to assist both existing professionals working within environment and development spheres, and people moving into these fields.
For existing professionals, the programme provides the opportunity to upgrade and update their expertise, and to reflect systematically and in-depth on their accumulated experience in the light of up-to-date theory and literature.
Graduates of the MSc Climate Change and Development will be prepared for roles in:
- government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned with policy analysis and implementation for disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, local, and national climate change strategies, energy and development as well as poverty reduction
- international and non-governmental organisations working across countries and regions on disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction
- consultancies and development projects involved in research and policy design around disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction.
2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.