• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Building on the proven success and expert content of the established residential programme, this new Carbon Management (Online Distance Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh provides high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.


The online MSc in Carbon Management is a ground-breaking development of the award-winning campus-based MSc in Carbon Management programme at the University of Edinburgh.

The Carbon Management (Online Distance Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification in tackling climate change in business, industry, NGOs and government.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of climate science and economics, and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon management. Students can devise study programmes suited to their own personal interests and career goals through their choice of individual research projects.

Online learning

The online delivery allows study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments. A blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and online discussions enables students to explore the science and business responses to climate change.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key issues relating to global, regional and local carbon management, specifically: the science of climate change; the economics of climate change; the business response to climate change
  • be familiar with carbon auditing methodologies, as well as the tools used for climate change impact assessment and adaptation planning
  • develop and demonstrate an integrated view of mitigation and adaptation by businesses, NGOs and governments
  • possess in-depth knowledge and understanding in more specific climate change management related areas and obtain an understanding of how to undertake research and apply this knowledge in the context of a major study (dissertation)
  • demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines within carbon management studies
  • conduct research into carbon management issues that require familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies

Career opportunities

Our existing MSc Carbon Management boasts excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a great alumni network covering more than 25 nations and providing unrivalled opportunities to link up on research projects and find new positions in the field of carbon management.

The main employment sectors for our graduates are those of climate change consultancy, renewable energy and carbon management project development, and government and NGO climate change advisors. Several of our graduates are also now studying for climate change-focused PhDs.

Programme Structure

The MSc is completed on a part-time basis over a period of 36 months, starting in September each year. There is also a 24 month accelerated learning option.

The MSc comprises seven core courses and a dissertation, and is organised into three sections:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (60 credits, 3 courses)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation (60 credits, 3 courses)
  • Applied Carbon Methods (60 credits, 1 course and dissertation)
  • The first two sections can be taken as standalone qualifications. If both are successfully completed then the student will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management.

    In order to achieve the full MSc in Carbon Management, the first two Certificates must be successfully completed before the third can be taken. This is because the core courses taught in these Certificates provide the foundation knowledge required to carry out the research element on the programme.

    Each of the Certificates are part-time one-year courses, with one course each semester.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we recommend you apply as early as possible.
    • Programme intensity Part-time
      • Average part-time duration 24 months
      • Part-time variant
      • Duration description

        2 - 3 years

    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      • Attendance
        No Attendance
      • Student interaction
        Online group works/assignments
    • More information Go to the programme website

    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.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Upper Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We will also take any professional experience into account.

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      7350 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7350 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      7350 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7350 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    • 3 year MSc Carbon Management (online): £4,900



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