Climate Change: Impacts and Mitigation MSc/Diploma/Certificate

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September


Climate change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on society.   The study of the causes and impacts of climate change and the measures required to mitigate the impacts and adapt is complex.   It is essential that scientists, engineers and environmental decision-makers understand the fundamentals of the causes, impacts and management measures involved in dealing with such important issues.

Programme content

The MSc programme offers one core course to introduce climate change causes and impacts (Semester 1) and reviews the possible mitigation and adaptation measures in a second (Semester 2).   The programme structure allows for three optional and relevant courses each semester from amongst the University's postgraduate syllabus so that a 'tailored' programme can be constructed.

Core courses

  • Climate Change:  Causes and Impacts
  • Climate Change:  Mitigation and Adaptation Measures
  • Research Project (MSc only)

For potential optional courses please refer to the course/subject areas available and listed in other School MSc programmes, specifically those of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society. Advice will be given on the most appropriate courses available from the different Schools of the University in topics ranging across scientific, engineering, economics and management courses.

Further information concerning optional courses can be found in the Programme Guide Book - Down load here

Your career

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Graduate profiles

    Below are just a few examples of the wide breadth of employment or PhD positions our recent graduates have secured:

    Brian (Ben) McGonagle (2012) initially worked for the Irish Government in the Climate Change Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is now Sustainability Development Office at Southwest College, Omagh, County Tyrone. Follow Ben on LinkedIn

    Amy Spall (2013) is now an environmental supervisor/specialist with Exclis Inc.

    David Cooper (2011) following on from working with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) as an Associate Microbiologist, David now works in SEPA's Environmental Quality department.

    David Stirling (2012) has securred a PhD studentship working on Marine Protected Areas at the University of Aberdeen.

    Ciara Clarke (2012) has securred a position as energy efficiency advisor within the north east Energy Saving Scotland advice centre in Aberdeen.

    Jordan Grigor (2011) has securred a PhD studentship at the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, in Arctic Marine Ecology. Follow Jordan's blog ( or follow him on Twitter (@jordangrigor). You can also listen to Jordan recounting his experience during his MSc here at Heriot-Watt (

    Megan Jones (2011), is now working as Operations Officer at the Edinburgh Office of Scottish Natural Heritage

    Entry requirements

    As for all our taught postgraduate programmes.

    English language requirements

    If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

    • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
    • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
    • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
    Scotland / Non-UK EU£7800
    England/Northern Ireland/Wales£7800

    * If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

    Scholarships & bursaries

    We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

    View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships and postgraduate research scholarships.