University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Climate Change and Policy

The course is offered jointly by the School of Global Studies and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). These centres of complementary expertise are renowned worldwide for agenda-setting research in environmental science, technology and innovation policy, and international development. You will acquire specialist knowledge of the causes of climate change (taught specifically for non-climate specialists), the physical and human consequences, and efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. We emphasise the implications for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, the processes of adaptation, and policy responses in developing countries. Together, Sussex and IDS form a vibrant hub. Our students benefit from a programme of seminars and events, delivered by climate and development academics and organisations from around the world. As part of our interdisciplinary student community, you are connected to a professional network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in either a social or natural science. Professional work in a developing country or in development-related work is highly desirable. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, 2-page personal statement and a full CV.

Course modules

Autumn term: Climate change science; ideas in development and climate change. Spring term: You choose 2 modules from: Challenges in climate prediction; climate and energy policy; climate resilient development; low-carbon development; political economy of climate change. You also take a research methods and professional skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. Over the summer you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation (or dissertation with placement).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a 5,000-word term papers, presentations, unseen exams, a research proposal and your dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,350 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,150 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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