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MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Main organization(s): University of Leeds




Climate change is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at 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 physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, as well as in broader debates on environmental policy and governance.

The programme draws from the world-class research expertise in the joint ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy of the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) and the University of Leeds. The programme also draws from wider expertise in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the School of Earth and Environment.

Expected learning outcomes

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.
  • engage in broader debates about environmental governance and public policies pertinent to climate change on international, national and local scales.
  • use a variety of research methods and approaches that are pertinent to interdisciplinary and social scientific research on climate change.
  • understand the influence of different policy actors in collective environmental decisions, and the performance of different forms of policy intervention in different contexts.
  • understand the methods used to evaluate climate change impacts, and develop the skills to produce adaptation strategies.
  • 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 studies on climate change and related topics at an advanced level.

Target audience

The course is aimed particularly at people working or seeking to work on different aspects of climate change in the public and private sectors as well as not-for-profit organisations in the UK, Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Admission Requirement

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in environmental, social science, management, economics or related subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case by case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered.

All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Earth and Environment admissions team.

Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry, consultancy or policy experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. 



Geographical coverage



12 months full-time or 24 months part-time

Application procedure

Apply online here.

Tuition & cost

See website for details or contact


School of Earth and Environment Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109

Last updated

30 Nov 2018

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) United Kingdom (Leeds)
  • Language English

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