Postgraduate study

Climate Change Management (Online Learning) PgCert

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Flexible

Online learning

Funding opportunities

This Postgraduate Certificate is under review and closed for applications for the academic year 2021/22.

*(Revised 10 May 2021 to reflect closing of applications)

However, the following options are still available:

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

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

You will examine the leading ways in which the global climate change challenge can be addressed, covering adaptation and mitigation solutions across a wide range of sectors and regions.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management is delivered 100% online, allowing you to study flexibly and at your own pace, while still benefiting from interaction and engagement with staff and peers around the world.

Who this programme is for

The programme is ideal for those who are passionate about climate change and are keen to contribute to solving some of the most complex issues facing our future.

Study options

You can study the Postgraduate Certificate as a standalone qualification, or as part of our MSc Carbon Management (Online Learning).

Delivered part-time and 100% online, the programme enables you to study flexibly and at your own pace, wherever you are in the world.

Our supportive online environment enables you to meet students from all over the world. Each week you will meet online to discuss issues, questions and ideas with the group.

You will learn from academics working at the leading edge of carbon management and climate change. Our tutors will regularly interact in group scenarios, as well as one-on-one online meetings.

The programme may be delivered 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
  • reading resources and links

Additionally, you may 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 significant global challenge.

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
  • be able to balance your studies alongside employment and personal commitments
  • study for an internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate

Studying online at The University of 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.

The programme comprises three compulsory courses that move from the science of climate change and its impacts, through the key adaptation and mitigation solutions, to the examination of the business response to climate change, and the risks and opportunities it represents.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility

With this Postgraduate Certificate you can choose to:

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

Read more about our related online qualifications:

Please note: All courses are subject to change.

On completion of the PgCert Climate Change Management (Online Learning), you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key issues relating to global, regional and local climate change, specifically: the science of climate change including prediction models and feedback processes; the impacts of climate change at different scales; and adaptation to climate changes across different sectors
  • understand climate change communication approaches, sceptical arguments and scientific counter-arguments
  • understand global, national and local climate change mitigation policies and measures; the range and potential of low and zero-carbon technologies; the range of non-CO2 greenhouse gases and their mitigation; environmental, techno-scientific, socio-economic, political and cultural frameworks and criteria for managing greenhouse gases
  • understand key theories of business leadership and strategy for a low carbon transition; identify and define climate change mitigation and adaption practices for individual businesses and business sectors; communicate complex ideas that incorporate business, climate change and sustainable responsibility to a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon different empirical sources, analytical perspectives and sub-disciplines

We have 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 and positions for our graduates are:

  • climate change consultancy
  • renewable energy
  • carbon management project development
  • 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.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

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

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • 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 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:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

School of GeoSciences scholarships

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

Other funding opportunities

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Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines.

We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline.

We aim to make the majority of decisions within six weeks of the selection deadline.

If we have not made you an offer by a specific selection deadline this means one of two things:

  • your application has been unsuccessful, in which case we will contact you to let you know, or
  • your application is still being considered, will be carried forward for consideration in the next selection deadline and we’ll be in touch once a decision is made

Selection Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Decisions made or applications rolled to next deadline
1 31 January 2021 15 March 2021
2 31 March 2021 15 May 2021
3 30 June 2021 15 August 2021

(*Revised 9 March 2021 to add information on decision timescales.)

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