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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s minimum English language requirement is a TOEFL score (paper-based test) of at least 550 with 4.0 on written English; Computer based test result of 220 with 4.0 on essay writing; Internet based test iBT with Listening (18), Reading (20), Speaking (20), Writing (21) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. Cambridge, (CPE) Certificate of Proficiency in English is accepted with Grade C or above. Candidates should have a good first degree, an upper second classification or above, or equivalent qualification in social and natural science subjects. Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme.
  • Academic Title
    Sustainability (Climate Change) MSc
  • Course description
    Climate change is a central issue for environmental policy makers at the international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non profit making organisations. This programme provides students with a solid foundation in the broader debates on sustainability as well as expertise in climate change, encompassing the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, and adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. The programme’s interdisciplinary training is based on compulsory modules on sustainability, in physical climate science and in the economic, political and business dimensions of managing climate change and its impacts. There are also electives to broaden or focus the taught content, and the dissertation gives students a chance to examine an issue of their choice in detail. The programme also offers a stepping stone towards a doctoral degree for qualifying and interested students

    Duration
    12 months full-time; Up to 48 months part-time

    The School of Earth and Environment provides a stimulating learning experience for students of earth, environmental science and environmental management. Our research was rated as grade 5 in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. We have over 80 academic staff in the school covering a wide variety of research which is undertaken by four institutes within the School.

        * Sustainability Research Institute is dedicated to the development and application of interdisciplinary environmental analysis in realisation of the principles of sustainable development:
        * Institute of Atmospheric Science is dedicated to understanding the physical and chemical processes that govern the behaviour of Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric processes are investigated using numerical models and field and laboratory experiments from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere.
        * Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of geological hazard; measurement of gravity, magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer modelling, and surface structural mapping.
        * Institute for Geological Sciences researches the physical, biological and geochemical processes to understand controls on the modern environment (both land and sea) and how man is affecting that system.

    What you study

    Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

        * demonstrate a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of the concepts, information and techniques relevant to climate change scholarship
        * engage in, and contribute to, broader debates about sustainability and governance solutions, as well as public policies, pertinent to climate change at an international, national and local scale
        * use a variety of research methods and approaches that are pertinent to interdisciplinary and social scientific research on climate change
        * offer a critical awareness of the factors that shape the influence of political parties and interest groups in collective environmental decisions, and the performance of different forms of policy intervention in different contexts
        * take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others, particularly an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams on problems relating to climate change and sustainability
        * undertake further postgraduate studies on climate change and related topics at a doctoral level

    Modules:
    Semester 1

        * Introduction to Sustainability
        * Research Methods
        * Climate Change: Physical Science Basis
        * Sustainability Assessment: Tools and Techniques

    Semester 2

        * Sustainability & the Governance of Economic Development
        * Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
        * Climate Change: Governance & Policy
        * Elective (Sustainability topic)

    Semester 3

        * Project

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