University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Change climate is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at the international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non-profit making organisation. This programme provides you with a combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy and governance. You�ll receive a solid foundation in the physical and social science of climate change and its impacts, including adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change. You�ll develop a critical understanding of the policy tools available to promote environmental protection. This Masters combines modules taught at the School of Earth and Environment, with optional modules from the School of Geography and the School of Politics and International Studies. Our teaching draws on the latest cutting-edge research and is delivered by experts and world�s leading researchers on climate change policy (e.g. IPCC lead authors, and a DEFRA UK lead advisor) to give you in-depth knowledge and guidance.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) or above in ideally an environmental or social science, management or economics subject. However, we will consider applicants from other disciplines. Mature applicants without a 1st degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include climate change: physical science basis; research methods; environmental policy and governance; climate change: impacts and adaptation; climate change mitigation; research project; introduction to sustainability; business; environment and sustainability; introduction to ecological and environmental economics; standards and tools for business, environment and corporate social responsibility; critical perspectives in environment and development; tools and techniques in ecological economics; environment-development overseas field course (additional cost); terrestrial biosphere in the earth system; international relations and the environment; environmental assessment.

Assessment methods

To complement teaching, assessment is varied and includes both written and oral assignments, exams and poster presentations.

Sponsorship information

The School and the University provide a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students; these range from partial fee awards to full maintenance grants; demand for scholarships is high so early application is essential.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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0113 343 8109