Taught course

Climate Security: Humanitarian - Development - Peacebuilding

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Professions

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a second class degree (2:2) from a UK university or equivalent international qualification.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course?

Climate change is the most significant challenge facing the global community. The problems generated by climate change will have a profound impact on our world, not least our political, economic, philosophical, ethical and social justice systems.

Explore the global issues surrounding climate change and review practice that focuses on the humanitarian-development-peace implications of associated risks. Placing focus on practitioner experience, you’ll explore possible actions for delivering a more holistic, sustainable vision of community-based solutions to pressing issues we currently face as a result of climate change in a pledge to ‘leave no one behind’.

This online master’s degree is an innovative joint collaboration with leading global institute, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

More about this course

This unique master’s degree is at the cutting-edge of 21st Century challenges and tackling key issues for the future. You’ll explore how climate change is affecting populations and global areas of conflict, so you can identify climate vulnerabilities and limiting socio-economic resources.

Learn about climate change and mitigation methods such as renewable energy solutions and adapting to climate change.

Jointly taught with a capacity-building and training agency of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), this course is paving the way in this specialist area of study.

This is a distance learning course, meaning you can study from wherever you are around the world.

When it comes to climate change and global warming, some experts claim we have entered a new era called the anthropocene. Although inevitable, the level of global warming and the extent of the damage will depend on the political, economic and social transformations we implement.

The power struggles over these transformations and how to respond to the humanitarian-development-peace connections will be central to this course. The degree is designed to address fundamental questions such as:

  • How will climate change transform our world, political, economic, social, philosophical and ethical systems?
  • What transformations will be necessary for who and for what?
  • Who is most at risk and vulnerable?

You’ll focus on hard security, which covers resource conflict, socio-political and economic unrest, radicalisation and terrorism, inter- and intra-state conflict, state collapse and regional conflicts. You’ll also explore human security, covering water, food, livelihoods, health, disaster and energy resources.

Relevant global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement/COP 26 are also integral to this course. You’ll review how effective and inclusive humanitarian assistance can be implemented in places most vulnerable in terms of conflict and climate change.

To receive the full master’s degree, you can carry out research into an area of climate change and solutions that’s of interest to you as part of your dissertation. If you don’t want to complete the dissertation element of this course you can be awarded a postgraduate diploma (PG Dip).

Our teaching team is committed to ensuring you have an in-depth understanding of key issues and debates so you’re prepared for a career in a range of areas, including policy-making, diplomacy and research in international and local organisations, multinational corporations or governmental departments.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Andrew Moran