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Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc

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Our Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc interdisciplinary programme provides an opportunity to explore key issues relating to climate and environmental change at an advanced level. You will explore a wide range of critical topics, focusing on human influences on the Earth’s climate and environment, and their societal consequences. This MSc is unique because it’s flexible and allows you to study climate change from a policy or science pathway - and choose from an interdisciplinary list of optional modules to deepen your knowledge. You can choose to take the science pathway and concentrate your studies on the physical science aspects, such as forecasting climate change and its impacts. If you opt for the policy pathway, you’ll focus on the societal aspects, such as policymaking, adaptation and communication. This flexibility allows you to specialise while still studying modules from the other pathway. By drawing on social, natural, and environmental science approaches, you’ll learn how to critically analyse and interpret scientific evidence related to climate change, its distributional impacts across the globe, and the responses of nation-states, businesses, and other key stakeholders. You’ll join an alumni network boasting graduates working in consultancy, NGOs, governments and further academic research.

Key benefits

  • Bring your understanding of climate and environmental change issues up-to-date, focusing on the human influences and societal consequences of climate change.
  • Learn about how the potential future impacts and consequences of environmental change can be studied, including changes to the climate, carbon cycle, hydrology and land use.
  • Master your ability to address complex research and policy questions with newly developed multidisciplinary skills. Gain the skills to critically evaluate and analyse environmental change research, the implications of the science, and the range of possible policy responses.
  • Develop your understanding of what policymakers and society need from scientific research in order to respond to global and regional environmental changes.
  • Find out more about the nature of the uncertainties involved in future predictions.
  • An optional Internship module helps students take their first steps towards employment in a relevant vocational field.
Fiona

I found the MSc in Climate Change to be profound, deeply interesting and inspiring, and it laid the foundation for me to explore a multitude of different professions. The variety of interdisciplinary module choices allowed me to tailor this degree to my personal interests.

Fiona, Past student, Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc

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Employability

Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc graduates have secured careers in national and international consultancies and NGOs, governments, charities, research organisations, journalism and teaching. Many graduates have also gone on to undertake doctoral research at King’s and other universities in a broad range of Climate Science related topics.

Our ever-popular Internship module, which has been running for over 20 years, helps masters students take their first steps towards employment, offering opportunities to undertake a period of work with an organisation broadly related to their programme of study. The internship not only provides valuable career enhancing opportunities but also counts towards their degrees. In 2021-22, over 150 students worked with 60 different organisations across a range of sectors including: international agencies; local councils and national government departments; companies in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, research institutes and charities. As well as UK organisations, partners also included Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, and the United States. 

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Employability

Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy MSc graduates have secured careers in national and international consultancies and NGOs, governments, charities, research organisations, journalism and teaching. Many graduates have also gone on to undertake doctoral research at King’s and other universities in a broad range of Climate Science related topics.

Our ever-popular Internship module, which has been running for over 20 years, helps masters students take their first steps towards employment, offering opportunities to undertake a period of work with an organisation broadly related to their programme of study. The internship not only provides valuable career enhancing opportunities but also counts towards their degrees. In 2021-22, over 150 students worked with 60 different organisations across a range of sectors including: international agencies; local councils and national government departments; companies in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, research institutes and charities. As well as UK organisations, partners also included Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, and the United States. 

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