SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Climate Change and Development

Programme Convenor: Dr Andrew Newsham

**Please note this programme is subject to final approval**

It is now recognised that the level of greenhouse gas emissions that have already accumulated in the atmosphere means some climate change is inevitable, meaning that effectiveness in dealing with climate impacts is critical for the prospects of development. Climate change is the foremost challenge of the 21st century and is now being prioritised by governments, donor/development agencies and NGOs around the world. As such, the people working in them need a thorough grounding in the conceptual and practical dimensions both of adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, as well as the interlinkages between them.

The Climate Change and Development programmes are designed to meet these needs so that organisations can be more effective in their efforts towards change. The modules in this programme draw from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, concepts and methods including economics, environmental science, human geography, social development, political economy and environmental law. The programmes cover key issues within climate change and development such as gender, social justice, energy access, poverty and social protection.

Programme aims

The core aims of this programme are to:

  • Offer critical insight into how current development models produce environmental problems, like (but not limited to) climate change, which themselves threaten the objectives of development
  • Pose the question of what magnitude of change is required to confront the problems of climate change: do we need reform or revolution?
  • Help you develop the analytical skills to solve adaptation problems and identify low carbon development options
  • Contribute to producing the next generation of environment and development professionals working on climate policy and practice
  • Provide the most academically gifted students with a route into PhD studies on climate change and development.
Programme structure
QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
  Core Elective Research Total
MSc in Climate Change and Development 4 3* 2 9 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Climate Change and Development 4 4* 4* 8 Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Climate Change and Development 3 1* 2* 4 Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years







*Includes one free choice across all programmes subject to the approval of the Programme Convenor.