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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Programme code:MSC-EV/CEPUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Yim Ling Siu Contact address:Y.L.Siu@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- Applications are invited from candidates from a range of backgrounds across the social and natural sciences.
- Candidates should have a good first degree, an upper second classification or above, or equivalent qualification.

Mature applicants without a first degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry, consultancy or policy experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme.

All students are required to provide proof of proficiency in English. The minimum requirements are IELTS: 6.0 overall, with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing; TOEFL (paper-based test): 550, with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); TOEFL (computer-based test): 220, with 4.0 on the essay rating.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment Examinations Board

Programme specification:

Climate change is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non-profit making organisations. This programme provides students with a solid foundation in the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, as well as in broader debates on environmental policy and governance. The programme draws from the world-class research expertise in the joint ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy of the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) and the University of Leeds. The programme also draws from wider expertise in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) at the School of Earth and Environment.

The course is aimed particularly at people working or seeking to work on different aspects of climate change in the public and private sectors as well as not-for-profit organisations in the UK, Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

- demonstrate a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of the concepts, information and techniques relevant to climate change.

- engage in broader debates about environmental governance and public policies pertinent to climate change on international, national and local scales.

- use a variety of research methods and approaches that are pertinent to interdisciplinary and social scientific research on climate change.

- understand the influence of different policy actors in collective environmental decisions, and the performance of different forms of policy intervention in different contexts.

- understand the methods used to evaluate climate change impacts, and develop the skills to produce adaptation strategies.

- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others, particularly an ability to work in interdisciplinary teams on problems relating to climate change and sustainability.

- undertake further studies on climate change and related topics at a doctoral level.


Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2, will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 165 credits of level 5 modules to include the dissertation, and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits
A Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) can be obtained if 120 credits are passed
A postgraduate certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed in the taught modules


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 credits 
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits 
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 credits 
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 credits 
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 credits 
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits of the following modules:

SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 credits 
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 credits 
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 credits 

Candidates must study 30 credits of the following modules:

GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 credits 
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 credits 
SOEE5041MStandards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility15 credits 
SOEE5095MEnvironmental Economics and Policy15 credits 
SOEE5223MDelivering Sustainability Through Projects15 credits 
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 credits 
SOEE5495MEnvironment-Development Overseas Field Course15 credits 
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 credits 
SOEE5970MTerrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System15 credits 

Last updated: 04/11/2016

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