Taught course

Climate Change, Development and Policy

University of Sussex · School of Global Studies

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in either a social or natural science. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

In this unique, multidisciplinary MSc, you study the twin challenges of climate mitigation and adaptation, and how they influence global and regional development. This includes the multiple and interconnected dimensions of economics, technology, politics and policy. Throughout the course, we consider the influence of climate science in informing these arenas (taught for non-specialist in the climate field).

There is an emphasis on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You acquire specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example on water, food and ecosystem services. You also look at the principles, policies and practices of mitigation and adaptation within the international, national and local domains. You gain practical experience of the methods, techniques and approaches used in the profession, including the financial and regulatory aspects of carbon management.

The course is taught jointly by the School of Global Studies, SPRU ­– Science Policy Research Unit, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). All three are renowned worldwide for agenda-setting research in environmental science, technology and innovation policy, international development, and climate, energy and sustainability policy.

Sussex/IDS is a vibrant hub of ideas and activities related to climate change. You benefit from an extensive programme of seminars and events, delivered by expert academics, policy-makers and development practioners from 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.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/institute-of-development-studies/climate-change-development-and-policy-msc

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: Masters Scholarships

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