MSc Climate Change Science and Policy

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Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

Concern about global environmental change has never been greater. The University of Bristol's MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy trains highly skilled graduates for professional employment in the public and private sectors, academia, consultancies and non-governmental organisations.

The programme is provided by the School of Geographical Sciences, which is the top-ranked geography department in the UK for research (Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014). You will join our research groups in analysing key areas of science and policy:

  • climate change science and its links to policy and policy-makers;
  • modelling of the Earth system, from simple box models to complex climate models;
  • remote sensing of the environment and GIS;
  • understanding past climate change and making predictions of future change;
  • environmental policy and politics with a focus on climate change;
  • researching and communicating climate science. 

This innovative programme also allows you to develop a range of professional skills – including presentation, project work, teamwork and communication – which will be invaluable in your future career. It includes a strong emphasis on carrying out your own research project.

The programme is closely linked to the renowned Cabot Institute, which brings together all of the University's research into the changing global environment across the sciences, social sciences and engineering.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£9,300
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£4,650
Overseas: full-time
£21,700
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£12,450

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will study a number of core units and, between January and September, you will complete a research project. During phase one of the project, you will research background material and develop basic practical skills, in preparation for the main phase of the project starting in May. Feedback is given throughout this phase to develop your research and communication skills. In phase two you will conduct an independent investigation into a chosen topic, supervised by one of the academic team. The project is submitted as a paper and the main findings are presented in a research colloquium.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a scientific discipline, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, biology, earth sciences, geography or environmental sciences. Relevant professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Previous graduates have gone on to work at a wide range of employers after completing this MSc, including environmental consultancy, UK and other governments, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the UK Met Office, as well as numerous PhD positions.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2019. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology (Geography):
  • 51% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 33% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Sarah Carter Student Administration Manager Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7328 Email: geog-pgadmis@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Fanny Monteiro Programme Admissions Tutor Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 9068 Email: geog-pgadmis@bristol.ac.uk

School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
Bristol
BS8 1SS http://www.bristol.ac.uk/geography

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