MSc Climate Change and Sustainability
About this course
This forward-thinking Masters provides a unique opportunity to study climate change looking at innovative and positive strategies for monitoring and managing the impacts from a geography and engineering perspective.
- Engage with the topical issue of climate change and explore solutions to deal with impacts sustainably from both a geography and engineering perspective
- Learn from academic staff who are actively involved in climate change and sustainability research and make links with research organisations and potential employers we work with
- Study in state-of-the-art facilities, including a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, environmental analysis labs and drone labs
- Learn to use industry-leading, subject-specific software
- Enhance your technical skills using specialist GIS software, such as ArcGIS and QGIS
- Develop specialist remote sensing (RS) software skills in technology, such as ENVI, and industry leading programming software, such as Matlab or Python
- Improve your employment prospects in the fast growing geospatial and environmental science industry and the blossoming green economy market
This Masters will produce graduates who not only understand the physical and societal impacts of climate change and ideas around sustainability, but also have a technical understanding of what is required to solve the problems of the future from an engineering perspective.
The programme is taught across LJMU’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Technology. This means the programme draws upon expertise across multiple disciplines and provides you with scientific and technical knowledge and skills suitable for a diverse range of employers involved in the interdisciplinary world of climate change and sustainability. This approach is key to moving forward with the challenges of climate change as they are not one-dimensional issues and need knowledge from a range of disciplines and a synthesis of approaches to reach solutions.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
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
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)
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.
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.
As a graduate from the programme, you will be able to pursue a career within a number of different sectors, including consultancies, local authority planning departments, agriculture, the defence sector, the energy sector and environmental regulatory and management organisations.
There are already many employment opportunities for graduates with GIS and remote sensing (RS) skills – particularly in environmental science where tackling climate change is one of the most important issues for national governments around the world. Graduates from this programme will be able to take advantage of such opportunities as well as employment linked to the growing green economy market.
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Discover the building blocks of your programme
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.
Climate Change Impacts Monitoring and Management
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.
The aim of this module is to train you in the process of planning and executing an independent research project using appropriate methodological design. The module familiarises students with qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods of data collection and analysis and develops research reporting skills through written and oral methods.
Climate Change from a Scientific and Human Perspective
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
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
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.
This module provides students with an understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the developed and developing world. Critical assessment skills are also developed to allow students to assess infrastructure sustainability in a wide variety of situations (e.g. water supply, water and wastewater treatment systems, energy supply, air pollution control, housing construction, highways and transportation systems).
In this module you will undertake an independent scientific research thesis on a topic within the climate change and sustainability field. The programme of individual study will be supervised in regular meetings by an appropriate member of staff allocated through the module.
An insight into teaching on your course
Students will receive on average 12 hours per week of taught sessions and will be expected to spend around 3-4 hours of private study for every hour of taught sessions.
Taught sessions will include lectures, practicals, workshops, tutorials and seminars and some off-site teaching on day fieldwork trips.
The whole programme is focused towards applying knowledge to help provide solutions to the issues our world is facing in terms of climate change and sustainability. It is a very practical-based programme and features case studies and assessments using up-to-date research, technology and industry leading software. Teaching and learning will take place at LJMU and at UK field locations on fieldwork trips. Research projects may involve data collection in other locations, subject to agreement with the academic advisor.
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 wide variety of standard and non-standard assessment types are used. This includes assessments involving: case studies, GIS/remote sensing practical, executive and data analysis reports; informal written science communication tasks and scientific research posters; portfolios including informal video science communication task, a scientific research project proposal, oral and video presentations and programming code; and more traditional essays and exams. Experimental research and design skills are assessed particularly in the dissertation write-up as well as in some of the portfolio work.
Dr Laura Edwards
Dr Laura Edwards
Laura has a BSc in Oceanography with Physics, a MSc in Ocean Remote Sensing and a PhD in Physical Geography. Her research focuses on the application of remote sensing and geographical information science to the study of glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, oceans and interactions between these systems. Laura’s career highlights include camping on sea ice in the Canadian High Arctic to do research on ocean acidification, working as a field assistant in Greenland and visiting the Bolivian Andes to research glacier recession and glacial lake outburst floods. Her current projects include studying glacial meltwater plumes in Iceland and the impacts of cyclones on the Greenland ice sheet mass balance and dynamics.
Witnessing students progress through their Masters, growing in confidence and skills and enthusing about their topic is one of the best aspects of leading this programme. Guiding them through this process brings me a great sense of satisfaction as they prepare for careers with the potential to make a difference in the challenges we face with climate change
What you can expect from your School
You will study at the Byrom Street site in the university’s City Campus in the heart of Liverpool. You will have access to first class teaching facilities, laboratories and study areas. The Avril Robarts Library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
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You will need:
The minimum qualification for entry is a high 2.2 (Hons) degree in geography, environmental science, engineering or other numerate physical science field. Professional experience will be considered on its individual merit in relation to the proposed programme; and publications, written reports, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account. Professional experience, publications, written reports, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account.
Applicants with equivalent international qualifications will also be considered. A minimum 6.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each category) is required to demonstrate English language skills. Applications are considered by the programme leader and another member of the teaching team as well as members of the LJMU admission team. Applicants are assessed on their application form and references.
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
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
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