SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

MSc Climate Change and Development

Distance Learning Programme

2017 Entry requirements

  • A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

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Start of programme: Autumn 2017

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

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

This MSc will give you a thorough grounding in how current development models produce environmental problems, like climate change, which then threaten the objectives of development.

Through an interdisciplinary perspective which surveys the science of climate change, adaptation and mitigation, you will acquire the knowledge and analytical skills required for critically engaging with and changing development policy and practice.

Building on the subject area knowledge acquired across the core and elective modules, you will study research methods and elaborate a topic for more detailed investigation in the form of a dissertation.


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

The final structure for the MSc in Climate Change and Development is still subject to approval, but is likely to include modules in the following topics:

  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Energy and Development
  • Low Carbon Development
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Development
  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Food Security and Social Protection
  • Gender and Social Development
  • Political Economy of Public Policy
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Dissertation


Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

£9,450 or £1,050 per module. Go to for more information.

MScPGDipPGCertSingle Module
£9,450 £8,400 £4,200 £1,050
Pay as you Learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Click here to learn more.


Click here for a list of postgraduate scholarships.

Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

  • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
  • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts


This programme is designed to assist both existing professionals working within environment and development spheres, and people moving into these fields.

For existing professionals, the programme provides the opportunity to upgrade and update their expertise, and to reflect systematically and in depth on their accumulated experience in the light of up-to-date theory and literature.

Graduates of the MSc Climate Change and Development will be prepared for roles in:

  • government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned with policy analysis and implementation for disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, local, and national climate change strategies, energy and development as well as poverty reduction
  • international and non-governmental organisations working across countries and regions on disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction
  • consultancies and development projects involved in research and policy design around disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS has given me the space to ask questions of myself and of my studies which I hadn’t had before, it gives you the academic and ideological freedom to explore your own ideas. This has been really important for me, and changed the way I address challenges and experiences more generally.

Hannah Duncan


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