Climate Change, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    14450 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    7950 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
The MSc Climate Change fromBirkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informaticswill give you an advanced understanding of climate science, policy and business practice, meeting the needs of both climate change practitioners and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector.


The Master Programme in Climate Change from Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics will equip you with an understanding of climate change and how this challenge is being tackled by governments, business and other organisations. You will be able to critically evaluate scientific scenarios of future climate and associated impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches, and determine suitable business responses to the climate change challenge. You will also explore the key debates and ideas from a range of viewpoints, balancing science, policy and business practice.

The course is designed for both climate change practitioners wishing to further develop their understanding of key issues, and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector. As the programme is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it provides a distinctive opportunity for practitioners to combine study with their career.

The five compulsory modules - Climate Change, Environment and Policy, Sustainable Business Practice, Energy and Climate Change, and Research Methods - give a comprehensive grounding in key topics and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels.

These compulsory courses are complemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests. 

In addition, you will receive training in research methods and complete a research project, involving in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.

Careers and Employment

Graduates can pursue a career in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include nature conservation officer, environmental consultant, or geographical information systems officer.


Successful completion of the relevant modules allows you to become a Member of theInstitute of Environmental Management and Assessment(IEMA), a non-profit membership organisation that promotes best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Climate Change
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Environment and Policy
  • GEDS Research Methods
  • Sustainable Business Practice
For more information, please visit programme website.


  • Dr Becky Briant
  • Dr Melissa Butcher
  • Dr Paul Elsner
  • Dr Aideen Foley(Programme Director)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Application deadline: 20September.
  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Four evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    14450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • Part-time home/EU students: 3975pa
  • Full-time home/EU students: 7950pa
  • Part-time overseas students: 7225pa
  • Full-time overseas students: 14450pa

Living costs for London

684 - 830 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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