School of Society and Culture

MSc Climate Science, Policy and Society

Planned new course

Programme code 7546
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available
Location Plymouth

Engage in holistic study of climate change, one of the defining challenges facing humanity and the planet today. Pursue specialist interests in climate science and its interpretation and application in policy, law and societal debates on adaptation and mitigation. Develop a deep appreciation of how intersections between science, policy, media and other societal concerns shape efforts to understand and respond to the climate crisis.

Climate Science, Policy and Society
Careers with this subject

Our graduates can offer specialist knowledge and skills to public, private and third-sector organisations involved in developing policies and initiatives to understand and adapt to climate change or to reduce emissions within their spheres of influence.

Key features

  • Gain a contemporary and interdisciplinary understanding of climate issues through vocationally-focused training led by experts in an enthusiastic, stimulating and diverse learning environment.
  • Acquire subject and transferrable skills to become a pioneering climate practitioner or researcher, tailoring your studies for your chosen career path.
  • Focus on the dimensions of climate change you feel most passionate about through module choices and an individual research dissertation.
  • Work with experts from the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business who achieved ‘internationally excellent’ ratings over multiple Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessments.
  • Balance work commitments and further education with the opportunity to study part time for a masters-level qualification.
  • Benefit from our local, national and international sector connections as part of a respected and active research community that includes the Sustainable Earth Institute and Marine Institute – the first and largest of its kind in the UK.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • The programme’s combination of interdisciplinary perspectives, class and field-based teaching, and engagement with organisations working on climate issues provides an exceptional foundation for careers with public sector organisations, businesses, specialist agencies and other non-government sectors that are working to achieve net zero emissions, promote just transitions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    You have access to a host of specialist facilities, including stateof-the-art palaeoecological soils, sediment and water laboratories, ISO 9000-accredited analytical facilities, a Geomapping Unit providing spatial datasets and specialist support for spatial data collection and analysis, and LABplus, a flexible learning space to support you with your practical work and laboratory skills.

    Core modules

    • Environmental knowledge: from field to stakeholder
    • Economics, law and policy for offshore renewable energy
    • Governing climate change
    • Climate change science and policy
    • Dissertation

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent. 

Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

International students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,500
International N/A £16,500
Part time (Home) N/A £530
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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