Taught course

Climate Change and Development

University of Sussex · Geography

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in either a social or natural science. Professional work in a developing country or in development-related work is highly desirable. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two page personal statement and a full CV.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique, interdisciplinary MSc provides stateof-the-art training for future climate change and development professionals.

The course is offered jointly by the School of Global Studies and SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). These centres of complementary expertise are renowned worldwide for agenda-setting research in environmental science, technology and
innovation policy, and international development.

You will acquire specialist knowledge of the causes of climate change (taught specifically for non-climate specialists), the physical and human consequences, and efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. We emphasise the implications for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, the processes of adaptation, and policy responses in developing countries.

Together, Sussex and IDS form a vibrant hub. Our students benefit from an extensive programme of seminars and events, delivered by expert climate and development academics and organisations from around the world. As part of our interdisciplinary student community, you are connected to an unparalleled professional network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors.


You are assessed by 5,000-word term papers, presentations, unseen exams, a research proposal and your dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Climate Change Science • Ideas in Development and Climate Change.

Spring term: you choose two modules from Challenges in Climate Prediction • Climate and Energy Policy • Climate Resilient Development • Low-Carbon Development • Political Economy of Climate Change. You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Over the summer you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation (or dissertation with placement).

Information for international students

Information for International Students (English language requirements): http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/3931/33248#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services / Professor Martin Todd
+44 (0)1273 873723