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Loughborough University launches two innovative new master’s programmes on climate change

The University is recruiting students for two new programmes in MA Climate Change Politics and Policy and MSc Climate Change Science and Management which will start in October 2021.

Both programmes will suit students from a wide range of backgrounds and offer a broad, problem-focused perspective, with the MA addressing the urgent societal challenge of climate change and the MSc course addressing the urgent science of climate change, risk and management.

Climate change is the most critical and urgent issue facing humanity in the 21st century. How to keep populations and infrastructure safe from extreme weather events; how to enhance or simply maintain human health and living standards; how to coordinate international diplomatic efforts to mitigate ecological disaster; how to link activities from public and commercial sectors, and from diverse academic disciplines, to address common challenges in the resilience and sustainability of global living systems; these are challenges that define the 21st century and will define the legacy of the individuals and institutions of today.

The Climate Change Politics and Policy MA is suitable for students from a wide range of social-science backgrounds with an interest in sustainability and climate-change issues, with a view to further research or employment.

Modules that form part of this programme tackle issues such as international politics and globalization, sustainability and development, crisis governance, and putting climate science into practice. Students will graduate prepared to become agents of change: who can embed sustainable, critically-informed practices into their careers. Their training will enable public and private sector organisations to survive and thrive because they have a command of science, politics and policy.

Modules on this programme include:

  • International Politics: Issues and Policies
  • Globalization: Key Debates and Issues
  • Mapping and Modelling the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Climate Risk
  • Governing Crises
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Science into Practice

The Climate Change Science and Management MSc is suitable for students from a wide range of science, engineering and social-science backgrounds with an interest in sustainability and climate-change issues, with a view to further research or employment.

Modules that form part of this programme tackle issues such as defining and modelling climate risk, tools for environmental management, sustainability and development, and crisis governance. Students will graduate prepared to become agents of change: who can embed sustainable, low-carbon practices into their careers. Their training will enable public and private sector organisations to survive and thrive because they have a command of both science and management.

Modules on this programme include:

  • Research and Professional Practice
  • GIS for Environment Management
  • Mapping and Modelling the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Climate Risk
  • Geospatial Risk Modelling for Management
  • Governing Crises
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainable Development
  • Climate Science into Practice

Both programmes will be taught by members of Geography and Environment in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Loughborough campus in the East Midlands.

Geography and Environment is located inside a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, complete with a river science laboratory, geospatial laboratory, and a campus-based weather station. The campus also has a 16-hectare research forest, comprised of ancient and semi-natural woodland.

Students will be taught in a distinctively inter-disciplinary approach, delivered by leading researchers in climate risk and sustainability.

On successful completion of these programmes, in addition to gaining an understanding of contemporary climate science, students will have developed a range of key skills in data analysis, problem-solving and report presentation for diverse audiences.

Further course details for our Climate Change Politics and Policy MA are available here

Further course details for our Climate Change Science and Management MSc are available here.

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