MSc Climate Change and Development

Climate Change and Development at the University of Reading

Addressing the challenges of global environmental change and economic development

Programme provides: Climate change has far-reaching economic and social implications. This programme examines the social scientific drivers, and consequences, of climate change and associated policy debates. It focuses on the interface between climate change and development, with particular attention paid to the perspective of ecological economics. Students who follow this programme are expected to have employment opportunities in a wide variety of environmental and developmental settings.

This Masters programme:

  • introduces and applies the emergent discipline of ecological economics to pressing climate change and energy supply challenges.
  • takes a genuinely interdisciplinary approach, drawing on development studies, ecological economics and natural science.
  • considers climate change in the context of broader environmental and development debates.
  • aims at a comparative understanding of how these issues play out in both developed and developing country contexts.
  • critically examines both existing policies and radical alternatives.
  • provides great flexibility for individuals to focus on areas of personal interest, through the wide range of optional modules available.

Programme specification:

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact the program director.

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please look here.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within GIIDAE, please see our brochure.


Why study at Reading


Reasons for studying at GIIDAE

Renowned for our social and friendly atmosphere where student and staff interaction is paramount; we provide a supportive learning environment that welcomes students from around the world.

Our diversity is our strength as we cover a broad variety of topics with everything from Agricultural Economics, to Food Security and International Development.

The ability to choose modules from a wide range within the School and across the University allows you to tailor your programme to meet your interests and career aspirations.

We offer excellent opportunities for professional networking, with the option of placement experiences in the UK and overseas.

Our programmes add value to your personal and professional development as we connect the theory, practice and policy.

Our Masters students rated their experience with us at 91% satisfaction overall, so you can be sure your experience with be a good one.



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