Climate Change and Sustainable Development MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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About the course

This MSc is uniquely broad in its coverage, reflecting the range of knowledge and skills required to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

It also provides depth in key areas, drawing upon the internationally recognised research expertise of the multidisciplinary IESD research team.

As the effects of global climate change are felt, the demand for professionals able to address the challenge increases. The problem of climate change transcends traditional academic boundaries and demands realistic and cost-effective solutions.

This course will allow you to understand the bigger picture of what sustainable development is, how it can be achieved, an…

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About the course

This MSc is uniquely broad in its coverage, reflecting the range of knowledge and skills required to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

It also provides depth in key areas, drawing upon the internationally recognised research expertise of the multidisciplinary IESD research team.

As the effects of global climate change are felt, the demand for professionals able to address the challenge increases. The problem of climate change transcends traditional academic boundaries and demands realistic and cost-effective solutions.

This course will allow you to understand the bigger picture of what sustainable development is, how it can be achieved, and how we can deal with global climate change. You will also learn practical skills, enabling you to gain employment putting this understanding into practice.

Due to its multidisciplinary nature, it is suitable for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines with either social or physical science backgrounds. It is also suitable for mid-career professionals with relevant experience.

The course has been approved by both the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute for completing the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer registration.

CIBSE is an international body which represents and provides services to the building services profession, with a membership of 17,000, one fifth of which is outside the UK.

The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the global energy industry, supporting over 16,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide. The EI leads and advises the sector on careers and professional development including the accreditation of academic courses.

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Key facts

Duration: One year full-time, two to five years part-time, three years distance learning

Start Date: September and January: full-time, part-time and distance learning

Entry and admission criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject or five years’ work experience in an appropriate field.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning|, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you do not have the normal entry requirements but can demonstrate substantial experience in an appropriate area, you can be considered for entry to the course.

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.

Teaching and assessment

Full-time students attend for two days each week and receive formal lectures from experienced researchers and teaching staff, complemented by informal seminars and group discussions. Part-time students attend one day per week. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed study. All teaching material is fully documented and available on the web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) before timetabled events take place.

Distance learning students follow a structured study plan provided on the VLE, supported by discussion forums with other students and email and telephone conversations with the module leader. Our course has been commended in an academic quality review for its ‘innovative and sophisticated forms of e-based learning and teaching’.

All assessment is by coursework. Each taught module has two items of coursework. The first is a smaller assignment on which prompt feedback is given while the module is being studied. A second, major assignment is submitted after the material has been assimilated.

Distance learning students can complete all eight taught modules from their home. To complete the MSc, a single visit to Leicester is required for oral presentation of the dissertation.

Course modules

The MSc has been designed to offer flexibility, with attended or distance learning study available and a range of possible awards from a full MSc to a single module.

Modules studied:

  • Energy in Buildings
  • Sustainable Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Integrated Environmental Strategies
  • People, Society and Climate Change
  • Resource Use and Pollution
  • Energy Analysis Techniques
  • Research Methods

You complete the MSc by undertaking a research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by an experienced member of research staff.

Academic expertise

Modules are taught by the IESD’s research and teaching staff, which provides you with a unique opportunity to learn from scientists actively involved in furthering knowledge in this area.

Graduate careers

This course attracts recent graduates and professionals from a wide range of fields seeking to enhance their careers. You are equipped with a broad knowledge base plus the ability to solve problems in an interdisciplinary context. Previous students have found these skills to be increasingly in demand in industry, national and local government, utilities, academia, consultancies and environmental agencies.

Fees and funding

September 2013 Entry

Full-time UK/EU Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £6,375 Overseas
Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £12,200 Part-time UK/EU Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £3,190 per year of a two year course Distance learning UK/EU Per 15 credit module
£585
Overseas Per 15 credit module
£800

January 2014 Entry

Full-time UK/EU Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £6,375 Overseas
Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £12,200 Part-time UK/EU Postgraduate Course Standard Fees £3,190 per year of a two year course Distance learning UK/EU Per 15 credit module
£585 Overseas Per 15 credit module
£800

For more information please take a look at our Funding| section.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the Admissions Team for up-to-date fees.

* ELQ Student definition - If you are a Home or EU status student and you already have a qualification at or above the level of the programme you wish to study from any country you will be considered as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) student. In 2008 the UK Government decided to stop funding universities for student in this situation and therefore different fees apply. Students from outside the EU are not affected by the policy.

Scholarships

Are you a DMU Alumni? Receive up to £2000 off your Tuition Fees*

As part of the University’s on-going commitment to enhance the personal and career development of graduates, we are pleased to announce that from this September the University will be introducing The Faculty of Technology Alumni Scholarship| which will allow graduates to receive up to £2000 off tuition fees* for Postgraduate study.

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