MSc Society, Politics and Climate ChangeFind a programme
New programme for 2022
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Awards available||MSc , MSc, PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)|
|Programme length||One year full-time.|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||October 2022|
What are the social and political dimensions of climate change? How does climate change impact on local, state and international levels? How do we understand the actions of communities and international organizations in response to a changing planet?
This programme investigates the complex social and political impacts of a changing climate, and examines the ways in which we can respond to crisis. While you will be made familiar with current technical arguments about the nature of the climate crisis, the focus is on its social and political dimensions. You will explore cutting edge approaches within the social sciences to understand framings of and responses to the climate crisis. You will engage with themes including: climate crisis and political economy; the effects of climate change on international relations; sustainability and development; resilience; and disasters, green transitions, and the origin and potential of green social movements to foster social and political change.
This programme is intended for those who aspire to a professional career in addressing climate change in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Critical skills are embedded throughout the programme to ensure that you have the requisite capacities to become a leader in addressing social and political problems arising from our changing planet, and to help shape a more sustainable future.
You will have the possibility of working on a dissertation research project for a public or private sector partner, gaining crucial experience to further your career aspirations.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
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.
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 2022/23
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
There are five mandatory taught units:
POLIM2041 - Society, Politics and Climate Change (20 credits);
POLIM0004 - Climate Change and International Security(20 credits);
POLIM0038 - Vulnerabilities, Capacities and Disasters(20 credits);
SOCIM0028 - Understanding Social Movements(20 credits);
and, either SOCIM0013 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits), or SOCIM0011 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits).
Students will also choose one optional unit (20 credits) offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). A recommended list will be provided. This may include:
- Gender and Development (POIM2032)
- Global Justice (POLIM0005)
- Global Civil Society (POLIM0022)
- The Politics of (Un)sustainability (POLIM0028)
- Consumption, Environment and Sustainable Development (SOCIM0034)
- Conflict, Security and Development (POLIM1007)
- Inside Science (SOCIM0024)
- Additional Research Methods Unit (if students wish to apply for the ESRC +3 award)
In addition, students will undertake a dissertation - SPCC Applied Research Project (60 credits), with the possibility of working on a project defined by a public or private sector stakeholder.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the programme.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equiavelent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.
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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
This programme will equip you to become a leader in the public, private and the not-for-profit sectors in preparing for, and responding to, climate change. As such you will be ideally placed to take advantage of the growing employment market related to responding to the climate emergency.
Career skills are built into the entire programme, and opportunities will be provided to develop communication skills, working independently and part of a group, and research capacities. Our programme has been developed with the input of stakeholders to ensure that we are providing the academic and technical training desired by employers.
29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.
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REF 2014 results
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- 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
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