Postgraduate study

Carbon Innovation (Online Learning) PgCert

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

Based upon our highly successful on-campus MSc Carbon Management, this online programme utilises a blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and discussions to explore the economics and policy of climate change management.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of the economics of climate change and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon footprinting, ecosystem valuation, energy systems and energy policy.

This programme is designed for those with a passion for tackling climate change and who require the flexibility that online learning provides.

This programme is delivered as flexible part-time study using our online virtual learning environment. You will learn from academics working at the leading edge of carbon management and climate change.

The lectures are all delivered online through our virtual learning environment. The lectures are delivered as a series of short video segments, animated slides and accompanying reading resources and links.

Each week students and staff also meet online to discuss issues, questions and ideas with the group.

As a student of one of our online learning programmes, you will:

  • have the flexibility to study when most convenient for you
  • be able to study from anywhere with an internet connection
  • have access to all University services and relevant academics
  • become part of a rich and varied online community of people in your field
  • learn the latest developments from people working at the leading edge in your field
  • study for an internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate

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:

This programme takes one year to complete (September to July), with one course per semester.

This programme comprises of three compulsory courses that move from the economics of climate change, to measurement of climate change impacts to the policy and science behind the energy sources we use to power our world.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Carbon Economics
  • Climate Change Measurement
  • Energy & Climate

With this Postgraduate Certificate you can choose to:

  • study it as a standalone qualification
  • combine it with our Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management to form a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management
  • to study it as one third of our MSc Carbon Management

Read more about our related online qualifications:

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
PgCertCarbon Innovation1 YearPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Use economic models, tools and theories relevant to carbon management
  • Understand the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Understand the range of measurement, calculation, reporting and auditing requirements and challenges imposed by climate change
  • Understand the main drivers for carbon accounting, and have an appreciation for how they may change over time
  • Understand the role that ecosystems play in terms of underpinning critical services for human wellbeing
  • Understand, to a high level, the technical and economic benefits and challenges of the main energy sources
  • Understand social, political and security challenges of various energy sources
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of key international energy policies and a basic understanding of key regional energy policies.

Our existing MSc Carbon Management boasts excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a great alumni network covering more than 25 nations and providing unrivalled opportunities to link up on research projects and find new positions in the field of carbon management.

The main employment sectors for our graduates are those of climate change consultancy, renewable energy and carbon management project development, as well as government and NGO climate change advisors. Several of our graduates are also now studying for climate change-focused PhDs.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject. We will also take any 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
PgCertCarbon Innovation1 YearPart-timeTuition fees

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
  • Crew Building
  • West Mains Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JN

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
  • Crew Building
  • West Mains Road
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JN