MSc Education and Climate Change

Climate change is a profound challenge for society and education communities across the globe are at the heart of understanding and responding to these challenges. In this programme, climate change is considered to be a matter of more than scientific and technical knowledge alone. We recognize that attention to climate change also requires an attention to climate justice, to repairing the harms of the past and present, and to the question of widespread social and cultural shifts required to create sustainable futures. This Master’s pathway will focus explicitly on the current and potential role of education in these processes.

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Why study Education and Climate Change?

This Education and Climate Change pathway will help you to develop an understanding of the causes and consequences of globally disruptive environmental changes facing individuals and societies. It will support you to develop meaningful personal and professional responses to this challenge. It will help you to explore the role that both formal and informal education can play in building understanding and agency in a warming world.

Through core units, you will explore how climate change impacts assumptions about the future and changes ideas about the purpose of education, be supported to develop meaningful responses to climate change through collective inquiry and action, and build your professional capacities to create sustainable futures through your own reflective professional projects.

In addition to the core units, you will be able to choose from a range of optional units (within availability and timetabling constraints) to bring your interest in climate change and education to specific areas of educational practice or dive deeper into related contemporary global challenges. After completing the taught units, you will pursue a dissertation project allowing you to develop your own interests and aspirations.

Who is this pathway for?

This pathway is designed for people with an active interest in developing human capacities to respond to the challenges of a warming world through formal or informal education.

In particular, it will be of relevance to professionals who have experience in education sectors (including teachers, school leaders, or teaching assistants) or elated areas from environment, cultural and heritage organisations, to conservation, research as well as for individuals who aspire to work in these areas.

It will be of particular interest to those who want to develop their own personal and professional practices in relation to challenges brought about by climate change and who want to work collaboratively to understand and develop responses to those challenges.

The pathway aims to:

This pathway aims to attract a diverse cohort of professionals, who bring their unique perspectives and experience to our highly interactive teaching and learning environment. Graduates from our MSc Education programme have gone on to become education ministers, advisers, school leaders, university-based researchers, and highly informed, engaged teachers.

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