MSc Economics of Climate Change

Science tells us the climate is changing, changing people's, firms' and governments' behaviour to do something about it is an issue for economists. This Masters course combines a strong economic foundation and a wide range of interdisciplinary options (ranging from climate science to environmental law and carbon management) to help students to develop an understanding of the many facets related to climate change. You will be introduced to the theory and practice of economic analysis of real-world environmental problems and examine the economic management of a range of depletable and non-renewable resources, as well as recycling policy. After working on a range of practical case studies illustrating the effects of the adoption of more pro-environmental behaviour, you are then offered a programme of placements with key institutions to provide them with the opportunity to work on real applications over the summer period.

This course is accredited by Climate-KIC, the main climate innovation initiative for the EU.

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This course has been Labelled by Climate-KIC - a knowledge and Innovation Community that works with existing and relevant Master's courses to enhance them with complementary learning. ClimateKIClogo

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please visit the Climate-KIC website or get in touch with Lisa McElhinney ( directly.

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Core Modules

Optional Modules

You will also select optional modules spanning areas including carbon management, energy resources, environmental law, and sustainable design and development. These electives are interdisciplinary and are offered by the School of Law; School of Human and Environmental Science; School of Agriculture Policy and Development; School of Mathematics, Meteorology and Physics; School of Construction Management and Engineering; Soil Sciences; Biological Sciences.

Your Career

The course is designed for graduates from a variety of backgrounds in both sciences and social sciences interested in pursuing careers in both the public and private sector. As the requirements to comply with carbon footprint reductions become more widespread, there is increasing demand for skilled employees who can competently apply economic principles to advise on issues related to climate change in firms, government and non-governmental organisations.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have obtained a UK upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, which includes a good understanding of core economics. Students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency.

Intake Overview

A wide range of nationalities are represented on our postgraduate masters courses, with students coming from countries including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Turkey, mainland Europe and the UK.


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Start date:

  • October 2012


  • 12 months (full-time)
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • Distance learning is not available.

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