Climate Change MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


There is a pressing national and international need to understand the nature and consequences of climatic change and to develop adaptation strategies. The UCL Climate Change MSc provides rigorous scientific and vocational training for the next generation of climate change professionals.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The programme provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the Earth System (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, lithosphere) and the nature and causes of climate variability and change. It combines observationally-based climate and environmental science with state-of-the-art modelling, specifically that concerned with understanding the impacts of climate change. It seeks to place climate change within the context of broader anthropogenic environmental change, and introduces social policy dimensions.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

As one of the world's top universities, UCL excels across the physical and natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The Climate Change MSc brings together the strong expertise of the department, offering a distinctive blend of fundamental climate science, environmental modelling, impacts and adaptations, delivered from both natural and social science perspectives.

By bringing together students and researchers we aim to create a vibrant and informal academic environment of mutual discovery and ongoing debate.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consist of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time twelve months, part-time one year) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Models in Environmental Science
  • Past Climates
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Non-bological Indicators of Environmental Change

Options

  • Options may include:
  • Climate Modelling
  • Environmental GIS
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Hydro-ecological systems
  • Terrestrial Carbon: Modelling and Monitoring
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Surface Water Modelling

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory and computer-based practical classes. Assessment is through independent project work, practical-based and written coursework, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (such as Environmental Science, Geography, Oceanography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with relevant professional experience in climate science or environmental management will also be considered.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a geographical or scientific background who are interested in acquiring a thorough understanding of the Earth's climate system and techniques for measuring and modelling its variability.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Climate Change
  • why you want to study Climate Change at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

The programme provides an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for employment with a wide range of private industries, non-governmental organisations, government agencies and environmental consultancies.
The first cohort of students on the Climate Change MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

Climate change is big issue with many governmental, non-governmental and commercial cosequences. This programme will lift you above the competition for jobs in the private sector relating to adaptation and mitigation - such as the insurance industry and carbon monitoring companies respectively. It also provides a great stepping-stone into a PhD.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Fiona Mannion

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7579

Department

Geography

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