Taught course

Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy

King's College London · Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Entry requirements

Minimum standard is a 2:1 degree or international equivalent, e.g. GPA of 3.3 from a US University, with preference given to geography, natural sciences (such as environmental science, physics, chemistry and biology) and engineering subjects. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

Months of entry


Course content

Study the scientific background and approaches deployed in studying Earth’s environmental changes over the past, present and near future, together with the societal implications of our current research. Choose either a science or a policy stream to help prepare for careers in environmental change research, consultancy and/or policy development.

  • To enable those with first degrees in a range of disciplines – geography, physical sciences, engineering, computer science etc - to focus on specific issues relating to environmental change in the Earth system, and in particular on anthropogenic influences on the terrestrial, hydrological and atmospheric environments, and their biological, physical and societal consequences.
  • To expose students to current understanding of the processes and nature of environmental changes occurring in Earth’s terrestrial, hydrological and atmospheric environments, to understand the linkages and causes of these forcings, and to allow them to place this knowledge within the context of our understanding of both natural variability and Earth’s history of environmental changes over the period of human societies and before.
  • To expose students to the methods used to examine the potential future consequences of current environmental changes, and the potential for future significant perturbations to the Earth environment, including changes to the carbon cycle, climate, to the planet’s hydrological regimes and to its land use and land cover.
  • To enable students to evaluate environmental change research critically and with regard to the strengths and weaknesses and potential societal implications of the science.
  • To allow students to develop research skills in the undertaking and presentation of environmental research, and to develop specialist skills in one or more of the research tools used to investigate such issues.
  • To provide an understanding of the scientific evidence needed for policy makers and society to respond to the problems associated with global and regional environmental changes happening to the Earth system, and to understand the nature of the uncertainties involved in future predictions.
  • To promote initiative and the exercise of independent critical judgement in identifying, analysing and providing answers to research questions at an advanced level.
  • To develop relevant transferable skills embedded in the learning and assessment schemes in the programme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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