M.Sc. Carbon Finance

The University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: as early as possible;30 June if you require a visa
Tuition fee:
  • £ 19,700 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 19,700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of dollars of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. Delivering this investment will require greatly enhanced capacity in all aspects of carbon finance.

A recent survey of international organisational leaders found that there is a severe current and projected future shortage of qualified carbon specialists in every major economy. New roles are emerging in banking, asset management, entrepreneurship, accountancy, consulting and regulation.

This programme is the world's first MSc in Carbon Finance, dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment, focussed on the business opportunities and financial flows driven by society's response to climate change.

The MSc in Carbon Finance is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, typically including a first degree in business, economics, engineering or another social or physical science discipline. Typically students may have some work experience and will be wanting to move into a new career in carbon finance.

The University of Edinburgh Business School hosts the Centre for Business and Climate Change, a leading international centre for business and climate change education, research and public engagement.

Contents

An overview of the MSc in Carbon Finance programme structure, including a downloadable structure diagram with core course information for the academic year.

The MSc in Carbon Finance runs for one calendar year, starting in mid-September. At the start of the programme, you undertake seven core courses, four in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2b, one of which is a group consulting project. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensures a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.

In Semester 2, you also begin to tailor your studies towards your career interests, through the selection of your option course.

Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

Requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Academic background

* An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or a social or physical science is normally required.



The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

* Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)


* China: 80-85%+; B+


* Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut


* India: 1st Class degree (60%+)


* Nigeria: 2:1


* South Africa: 2:1/1st


* USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)



If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Minimum English language requirement

We require all applicants to meet one of the following English language requirements:

* You are a national of a majority English-speaking country as defined by the Home Office.


* You have completed an academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country.


* You have or will have achieved the minimum required score in one our accepted English language tests.



All tests or methods of assessment must be dated within two years of the start date of the programme.

Please refer to the UK Home Office website for a list of majority English-speaking countries

Accepted Secure English Language Tests

We accept results from the following English language tests:

* IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section)


* PTE (Pearson Test of English): 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)


* CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): Grade B


* CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): Grade A


* TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 100 (with scores no lower than 20 in each section)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships

A number of Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships are available. Each scholarship will cover full tuition fees for the programme and is available to Scottish-domiciled UK nationals and to all EU nationals. It will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and benefits to the student. Applicants should apply online using the Universitys Postgraduate Masters Online Scholarship Application Form, choosing the UK/EU Master's Scholarships option.

Deadline: This scholarship has two rounds of applications with deadlines of 1 May 2015 and 30 June 2015

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

Business School scholarships

Business School Commonwealth Scholarships

The Business School will offer five scholarships, each with a value of £10,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of Commonwealth countries.

Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

Business School European Scholarships

The Business School will offer up to ten European scholarships, each with a value of either £5,000 or £7,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of European Economic Area countries.

Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

Business School Latin American Scholarships

The Business School will offer five LATAM scholarships, each with a value of £10,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of selected Latin American countries.

Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh scholarships

Edinburgh Global Master's Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh will offer 40 Master's scholarships to students who are nationals of countries outwith the EU for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2014-2015 academic session. Fifteen scholarships will have a value of £5,000 each, while a further fifteen scholarships will have a value of £3,000 each. These scholarships will be tenable for one academic year and will be deducted from tuition fees.

Deadline: Wednesday 1st of April 2015

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

UK/EU Master's Scholarships

A number of Master's Scholarships are available for the 2014-2015 academic session at the University of Edinburgh. Scholarships are available to UK and EU students already accepted on a full-time Master's degree programme in any subject offered by the University. The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee up to £8,100. The award of your scholarship will be automatically deducted from your tuition fee.

Deadline: Friday 1st of May 2015

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh Santander Master's Scholarships

Fifteen Edinburgh Santander Scholarships are available to students from eligible countries for postgraduate Master's study in any subject offered by the University. Each scholarship will have a value of £5,000.

Deadline: Wednesday 1st of April 2015

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

Other scholarship and funding opportunities

University of Edinburgh Graduate Discount Scheme

The University of Edinburgh offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Deadline: None

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

External scholarships

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarship Scheme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), targets the future generation of leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers early in their careers. Globally, mora than 1,500 new scholarships will be awarded this year.

Deadline: Saturday 15th of November 2014

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships are available for students from developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Interested students must apply to the nominating agency in their Commonwealth country of residence.

Deadline: See Commonwealth Scholarships webpage

Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

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