Postgraduate study

Carbon Management (Online Learning) MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

I believe that a course like the Online Carbon Management MSc offers the perfect platform for me to broaden my knowledge base and acquire the necessary tools to effect positive, tangible change in, not only my country, but also the African continent as a whole. I am adamant that I will dedicate a large part of the remainder of my life to impacting the lives my fellow Africans, many of whom face possible devastating realities in the face of future climate change.

Mohammed Kajee MSc in Carbon Management (Online Learning)

Are you ready to confront the challenges of global climate change?

Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change, and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment.

This online MSc is a ground-breaking development of our award-winning campus-based MSc in Carbon Management. It will provide you with high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

If you are passionate about climate change and its global impact, this programme is for you. A 100% online programme, allows you to study flexibly and at your own pace, while still benefiting from interaction and engagement with staff and peers around the world.

You will be taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management. The programme also has excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a strong alumni network around the globe.

This MSc is ideal for those who are passionate about climate change, curious about the world, and are keen to contribute to solving some of the most complex issues facing our future.

We are highly successful at delivering face-to-face programmes and use our extensive experience to inform our online programme.

The online delivery allows study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments.

You will learn in a supportive environment through a range of unique online teaching and assessment modes such as:

  • online lectures
  • virtual group meetings with the course organiser and tutor
  • online readings
  • online role-play based exercises
  • interactive slides
  • online discussions
  • virtual case studies

Additionally, you will watch short video clips and interviews with climate change experts.

All of these techniques will allow you to investigate the subject in depth, and to promote extensive discussion of the best ways to tackle this key global challenge.

You will learn in a supportive online environment where you will meet students from all over the world. You will also interact regularly with your tutors in group scenarios, as well as one on one online meetings.

For an example of our online learning environment please see:

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

You can complete the MSc on a part-time basis over a period of 36 months. There is also a 24 month accelerated learning route.

The MSc comprises seven compulsory courses and a dissertation. You will cover them all in three sections:

  • Climate Change Management (3 courses)
  • Carbon Innovation (3 courses)
  • Applied Carbon Methods (1 course and dissertation)

You can study the first two sections as standalone qualifications. If you complete both successfully, you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management (Online Learning).

In order to achieve the MSc in Carbon Management (Online Learning), you must complete the first two Postgraduate Certificates before studying Applied Carbon Methods. Compulsory courses taught in the Postgraduate Certificates provide the foundation knowledge required to carry out the research element on the programme.

Complete the MSc in 36 months

The 36 month learning route requires you to study one Postgraduate Certificate per year, part-time.

  • Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (Online Learning).
  • Year 2: Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation Management (Online Learning).
  • Year 3: Applied Carbon Methods and Dissertation in Carbon Management (Online Learning).

Accelerated learning route

Complete the MSc in 24 months

The 24 month accelerated learning route requires study of both Postgraduate Certificates in your first year, followed by Applied Carbon Methods and the dissertation in your second year.

  • Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (Online Learning) and Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation Management (Online Learning).
  • Year 2: Applied Carbon Methods and Dissertation in Carbon Management (Online Learning) and dissertation.

Study options

If you do not want to commit to the MSc, you can complete sections of the programme as individual Postgraduate Certificates. Each Postgraduate Certificate is completed over 12 months.

Postgraduate Certificate

When you complete a Postgraduate Certificate, you can either transfer to the MSc, or continue on to the next Postgraduate Certificate.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you complete both Postgraduate Certificates but choose not to complete the Applied Carbon Methods and the dissertation, you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management (Online Learning).

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScCarbon Management2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScCarbon Management3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

By the end of the programme, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key issues relating to global, regional and local carbon management, specifically: the science of climate change; the economics of climate change; the business response to climate change
  • be familiar with carbon auditing methodologies, as well as the tools used for climate change impact assessment and adaptation planning
  • develop and demonstrate an integrated view of mitigation and adaptation by businesses, NGOs and governments
  • possess in-depth knowledge and understanding in more specific climate change management related areas and obtain an understanding of how to undertake research and apply this knowledge in the context of a major study (dissertation)
  • demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines within carbon management studies
  • conduct research into carbon management issues that require familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies

A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.

Our graduates have been very successful in securing employment in the carbon and climate change sector around the world. Types of roles include:

  • renewable energy project developers
  • commercial carbon management consultants to companies large and small
  • central, regional and local government civil servants delivering a wide range of climate and decarbonisation policies climate policy advisors to parliaments,
  • NGO climate policy researchers and executives
  • PhD research and subsequent academic career path

Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment include Deutsche Bank, Forestry Department Malawi, The Carbon Trust, Deloitte, 2020 Climate Group, Japanese Ministry of Education, China Beijing Environmental Exchange, WindPower Nepal, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The MSc in Carbon Management has excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as an alumni network covering more than 25 nations. This network provides you with unique opportunities to link up on research projects and find new positions in the field of carbon management.

2020 entry:

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We will also take any professional experience into account.

2021 entry:

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in economics, management, social sciences, physical sciences, geology, geography, environmental sciences, astronomy, biology, health sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, engineering, business administration, or accounting and finance.

We will also take relevant business and professional experience into account.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScCarbon Management2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
MScCarbon Management3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

School of GeoSciences Scholarships

Browse funding opportunities

You are also encouraged to undertake your own research into the range of potential scholarships and other funding for which you may be eligible.

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Geography Building
  • Drummond Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
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We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of GeoSciences
  • Geography Building
  • Drummond Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9XP