Climate Change: Impacts And Mitigation, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Climate Change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on human society. The study of the causes and impacts of Climate Change and the measures needed for humans to deal with it through mitigation and adaptation measures is a truly interdisciplinary complex of topics.



Climate change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on society. The study of the causes and impacts of climate change and the measures required to mitigate the impacts and adapt is complex. It is essential that scientists, engineers and environmental decision-makers understand the fundamentals of the causes, impacts and management measures involved in dealing with such important issues.

The MSc programme offers one core course to introduce climate change causes and impacts (Semester 1) and reviews the possible mitigation and adaptation measures in a second (Semester 2). The programme structure allows for three optional and relevant courses each semester from amongst the University's postgraduate syllabus so that a 'tailored' programme can be constructed.

For potential optional courses please refer to the course/subject areas available and listed in other School MSc programmes, specifically those of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and School of the Built Environment. Advice will be given on the most appropriate courses available from the different Schools of the University in topics ranging across scientific, engineering, economics and management courses.

Programme Structure

Core Courses
  • Climate Change: Causes and Impacts
  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures
  • Research Project (MSc only)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you need to show that you would benefit from studying in English. Acceptable qualifications for entry are:

  • A degree which you studied in English.
  • Heriot-Watt University's Foundation English Programme - Grade C (Grade B for postgraduate study in the School of Management and Languages).
  • TOEFL 577 (233 in the computerised test or 90 in the internet-based test). This applies to courses in the School of Life Sciences, School of Management and Languages, School of the Built Environment, School of Textiles and Design, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and Institute of Petroleum Engineering.
  • TOEFL 550 (213 in the computerised test or 80 in the internet-based test). This applies to courses in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences only.
  • IELTS 6.5.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) Grade C.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14900 International
  • EUR 4600 EU/EEA

£4100 (Home/EU); £13280 (Overseas)


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