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 Carbon Management. It will provide you with high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

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
  • keen to contribute to solving some of the most complex issues facing our future

Online learning

If you are passionate about climate change and its global impact, this programme is for you.

A 100% online programme, it allows you to study flexibly and at your own pace, while still benefiting from interaction and engagement with staff and peers around the world.

Delivered part-time and 100% online, the MSc 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 Masters qualification

Studying online at The University of 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 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:

  • PgCert Climate Change Management (3 courses)
  • PgCert Carbon Innovation (3 courses)
  • Research Design and Implementation (1 course and a dissertation)

To achieve the MSc in Carbon Management (Online Learning), you must complete the six taught courses in Climate Change Management and Carbon Innovation before the final year.

The final year will consist of the Research Design and Implementation course and a dissertation.

The six compulsory courses taught in the Postgraduate Certificates provide the foundation knowledge required to carry out the research element on the programme.

It is important to note that upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded an MSc in Carbon Management (you will not receive two Postgraduate Certificates plus the MSc).

Complete the MSc in 36 months

The 36-month learning route requires you to study the three courses within each Postgraduate Certificate per year, part-time.

The Research Design and Implementation course and the dissertation will be in your third year.

  • Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (Online Learning)
  • Year 2: Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation (Online Learning)
  • Year 3: Research Design and Implementation and Dissertation in Carbon Management (Online Learning)

Accelerated learning route: complete the MSc in 24 months

The 24-month accelerated learning route requires you to study both Postgraduate Certificates within your first year.

You must then complete the Research Design and Implementation course and the dissertation in your second year.

Through this route, you will be undertaking six courses in your first year, compared to the three courses per year over two years in the 36-month option.

  • Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (Online Learning) and Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation (Online Learning)
  • Year 2: Research Design and Implementation and Dissertation in Carbon Management (Online Learning)

Study options

If you are unsure that you 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 the courses in a Postgraduate Certificate, you can either transfer to the MSc, or continue to the next Postgraduate Certificate.

Postgraduate Diploma

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

You can complete both Postgraduate Certificates but choose not to complete the Research Design and Implementation and the dissertation.

Should you take this option, you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management (Online Learning).

Please note: All courses are subject to change.

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
MSc3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2021/22

By successfully completing the MSc Carbon Management (Online Learning), you will be able to:

  • 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

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.

Our graduates

Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment with 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
  • Climate Change

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

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:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Online Learning scholarships

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.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

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

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.)

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