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MSc Climate Change and Sustainability

Start date(s):
September
Study mode:
Full-time
Course duration:
1 year

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
£10,195
International full-time per year
£18,250
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About this course

This MSc focuses on Climate Change and Sustainability from an environmental perspective.

  • Engage with applied issues in climate change and sustainability from an environmental perspective
  • Taught by staff who are actively involved in climate change and sustainability research
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities including our geographic information systems computer suite and environmental analysis laboratory
  • Learn to use industry-leading software for GIS and data analysis
  • An extensive tutorial programme will develop your professional skills linked to employment
  • This MSc will develop your practical skills and give you the platform to work in the environmental industry

In the first semester you will study three taught modules. During the Climate Change to 2100 module, you will develop your understanding of the physical basis of climate change before exploring impacts and social and political responses. On the Sustainable Infrastructure module you will develop your understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure. Finally on the Environmental Research Methods module you will work to develop your project management, GIS and data analysis skills.

During the second semester you will study three taught modules. On the Climate Change and GIS module you will develop your GIS skills whilst working on climate change case studies. On the Sustainable Environmental Management module you will explore current issues in sustainable environmental management, including response to hazards and ecosystem services. Finally on the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling module you will develop skills to be able to conduct field-based and desk-based investigations linked to aquatic pollution. In addition to the six taught modules you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice within the subject area.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

You will develop advanced subject knowledge and high-level practical skills linked to careers in climate change and sustainability in the environment industry.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Dissertation
60 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct independent scientific research, in an appropriate manner, under the guidance of an academic tutor. It:

  • gives you the opportunity to make a major contribution in a chosen subject area through a supervised programme of individual study
  • allows you to demonstrate your ability to carry out scientific research and to present findings as a scientific report

Climate Change Impact Monitoring and Management
20 credits

This module uses industry standard remote sensing software (ENVI), geographical information software (ArcGIS/QGIS) and programming software (Matlab/Python) to provide skills in data collection, processing, interpretation and analysis for monitoring the environment and managing impacts. Case studies of monitoring and management in a variety of topics (e.g. wildfires, hurricanes) and using a variety of data (e.g. satellite, drone) will also be taught.

Research Methods
20 credits

This module covers all aspects of how to plan and execute a research project.

Climate Change From a Scientific and Human Perspective
20 credits

This module provides information on the physical basis of climate change, as well as an introduction to climate change impacts (atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial, biosphere) and social and political responses, including the concepts of mitigation, adaptation and sustainability.

Sustainable Environmental Management
20 credits

This module provides knowledge and understanding of sustainable environmental management techniques with case studies on a variety of topics in terrestrial and ocean settings. It will also provide background context to sustainable environmental management techniques through material on local, national and international policies/strategies for environmental management.

Sustainable Energy Management
20 credits

This module provides knowledge and understanding of energy sources and management of production and consumption of energy in an efficient and sustainable way. It will allow students to critically evaluate energy efficient and sustainable design in the construction of buildings and how this can contribute to management of energy supply. It will also provide legal and institutional framework context in this area.

Sustainable Infrastructure
20 credits

This module will help you develop an understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the Developing World and the Developed World. From this you will develop the capability for critical assessment of the sustainability of infrastructure in a wide variety of situations.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Each taught module includes 40 hours of tuition. You will receive on average 12 hours per week of taught sessions.

Teaching methods

Taught sessions will include lectures, workshops, computer-based practicals, laboratory-based practicals, tutorials and fieldwork. 

Teaching and learning will take place at LJMU, alongside fieldwork located in the UK. Research projects may involve data collection overseas subject to agreement with the academic advisor.

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

A variety of assessments types are used. On the Climate Change to 2100 module you will be assessed by writing an essay and policy assessment. The Sustainable Infrastructure module will be assessed via a coursework portfolio and exam.

On the Environmental Research Methods module you will do two assessments. You will investigate a climate change or sustainability issue linked to either the LJMU estate or Liverpool city centre and present your findings during an oral presentation. You will also write a research proposal linked to your dissertation.
The Climate Change and GIS module will have two assessments. For the first assessment you will develop a climate change case study using GIS data and present the findings in a written report. For the second assessment you will explore an issue using GIS data and discuss your findings in an oral presentation.

The Sustainable Environmental Management module will include writing a stakeholder engagement plan before completing a second assessment to communicate ideas via a poster presentation. On the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling module, you will work in a group to produce an environmental consultancy report. For your Dissertation you will be required to write your research project in the format of a journal article.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Working with students as they progress through their degree gives me a great sense of satisfaction as they prepare for careers with the potential to make a difference to the challenges we face in the future.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study at the City Campus located on Byrom Street. Practical sessions will be taught in our state-of-the-art facilities including our GIS suite and environmental analysis laboratory. The Avril Robarts Library is within easy walking distance.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

The minimum qualification for entry is a good first degree (2.2 Hons) in geography, environmental science or related field. Applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement but have a good first degree in another numerate, physical science or engineering discipline and professional experience will be considered on their individual merits in relation to the proposed programme. Professional experience, publications, written reports, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account.

International requirements

  • IELTS

    • a minimum 6.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each category).

  • Other international requirements

    Equivalent international qualifications will be considered, plus a minimum 6.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each category).

Further information

  • Extra Requirements

    You will need to:

    • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
    • display the potential to develop high level research skills
    • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at postgraduate level

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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