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Birkbeck, University of London: Climate Change

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department School of Social Sciences
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


This climate change course offers you the chance to study this multifaceted issue and examine its relevance across a wide range of economic sectors and policy areas taking a truly interdisciplinary approach and engaging with essential academic, professional and popular literature.

Why choose this course?

  • This course is designed for practitioners wishing to further develop their understanding of key issues, and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector.

  • You will gain a comprehensive grounding in this issue and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels.

  • You will be able to tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations. If you decide to study the MSc, you will also receive training in research methods to enable you to complete a research project of your choice, involving in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.

What you will learn

The course will help you understand climate change and how people, governments and other organisations are impacted by and responding to it. You will 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, considering science, policy, social and economic perspectives.

How you will learn

This climate change course is available to study full- and part-time in the evening, so you can fit your study in around other commitments. You will also have access to high-quality online resources including pre-sessional readings, videos, podcasts, activities and pre-recorded lectures to engage with at your own pace. During the weekly seminars, you will discuss and debate with your peers to experience different and diverse perspectives.

We offer this course as a Master's, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. For the Diploma and Certificate you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.


  • Our location in central London offers excellent access to a wide range of research resources, including Birkbeck Library, LSE Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE), the Royal Geographical Society and Senate House Library (University of London).

  • We have contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions, which can lead to important networking opportunities.

  • Our academic staff are experts in their respective fields, publishing and teaching in a wide range of topics including climate modelling, renewable energy, flooding and coastal adaptation.

Careers and employability

On successfully completing this climate change course, you will have developed your critical-thinking skills and gained valuable social and technical skills required both for the workplace and further academic research.

Graduates can pursue career paths in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include:

  • nature conservation officer

  • environmental consultant

  • geographical information systems officer.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


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Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics are active in research, and …

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