Taught course

Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation

Aberystwyth University · Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

BA honours degree (2:1) in a related subject at undergraduate level and accompanying references. We will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

The Aberystwyth MSc in Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation is a specialist scientific degree designed to equip you for work in the urgently important field of environmental management.

This course reflects some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary research in geography, earth and environmental science. Topics include: records of palaeo-environmental change; desertification; flooding; environmental hazards; impacts of sea-level rise; and the impacts of warming and changing rainfall on ecosystem processes.

The Master's in MSc in Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation is your opportunity to study the latest understanding of environmental change and our efforts to plan for and manage future environmental change. Having completed your undergraduate degree in a related field, this MSc will enable you to bring your skills and knowledge up to date with a view to continuing in employment or further research. This highly practical Master's course includes a one-week residential fieldwork module and combines the most recent theories and developments in geographical, earth and environmental sciences.

You will critically assess the evidence for environmental change across different geographies, ecosystems and temporal scales; you will gain experience in field techniques for data collection; you will examine the historic, present and future risks posed to human societies; and you will critically evaluate solutions proposed to address challenges arising from environmental and climatic change.

This course is delivered by the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, which has links to The Natural Resources Wales and the Centre for Alternative Technology. You will also be assigned a personal tutor and a dissertation coordinator to support your personal and academic needs.

This course will help you develop the latest technological, theoretical and practical understanding of the subject and a range of transferable skills to support your employability. You will be able to: expertly debate the subject in written, oral and on-line forums; develop alternative approaches to research; work independently and as part of a team; undertake self-regulation of work regimes and time management; and collate, process and interpret data sets efficiently.

This degree will stand you in good stead for a career in risk management, development, disaster relief, environmental management or consultancy. This course is also highly suitable to prepare you for future research at PhD level.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Helen Stockely-Jones
01970 622643