School of Earth and Environment
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Overview

This programme provides a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on environmental sustainability. It provides students with a solid foundation in the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, as well as in broader debates on sustainability.

Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges we face. The latest IPCC report released in September 2013 indicates that warming in the climate system is unequivocal. Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850. The report concludes that human influence on the climate system is clear, that global surface temperature change for the end of the 21st century is likely to exceed 1.5°C relative to 1850, that global mean sea level will continue to rise during the 21st century, and that limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is today a growing concern for policy makers in all areas of government, at international, national and sub-national levels. Financial, organisational and environmental managers and experts in private and not-for- profit organisations are increasingly involved with climate change issues. This programme forms interdisciplinary analysts with a strong physical science, policy analysis and business foundation to develop and drive innovative approaches to tackling climate change.

The programme provides cutting-edge research led teaching drawing on the latest research undertaken at the School of Earth and Environment. The School ranks “2nd nationally on Research Power” and within the “Top 50 in world for Earth Sciences” (42nd on QS World University Table 2012). Five lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which advises world governments on how to tackle the evolving and complex issue of climate change, teach on the programme or undertake research at the School of Earth and Environment. Three of the lead authors lead and teach core modules of this masters programme (modules on the physical science, on impacts and adaptation, and on mitigation of climate change) which exposes students to the latest research and work of all three IPCC Working Groups.

The School co-hosts the ESRC funded Centre for Climate Change Policy and Economics (CCCEP) which brings together some of the world's leading researchers on climate change economics and policy, from many different disciplines. The course is taught by a number of staff from the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS). Staff contribute to a number of research groups within the School including the Physical Climate Change Group, the Climate Impacts Groups, the Business & Organisations for Sustainable Societies Group (BOSS),and the Economics and Policy for Sustainability Group.

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