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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme 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.
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%+)
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)
No work experience is required.
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