Postgraduate study

Carbon Management (Online Distance Learning)

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding available

The online MSc in Carbon Management is a ground-breaking development of the award-winning campus-based MSc in Carbon Management programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Building on the proven success and expert content of the established residential programme, this new online programme provides high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics and science of carbon management.

The programme is designed for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification in tackling climate change in business, industry, NGOs and government.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme provides a detailed understanding of climate science and economics, and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon management. Students can devise study programmes suited to their own personal interests and career goals through their choice of individual research projects.

The online delivery allows study to be balanced alongside full-time employment and family commitments. A blend of interactive content, videos, virtual case studies and online discussions enables students to explore the science and business responses to climate change.

The MSc is completed on a part-time basis over a period of 36 months, starting in September each year. There is also a 24 month accelerated learning option.

The MSc comprises seven core courses and a dissertation, and is organised into three sections:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management (60 credits, 3 courses)
  2. Postgraduate Certificate in Carbon Innovation (60 credits, 3 courses)
  3. Applied Carbon Methods (60 credits, 1 course and dissertation)

The first two sections can be taken as standalone qualifications. If both are successfully completed then the student will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Carbon Management.

In order to achieve the full MSc in Carbon Management, the first two Certificates must be successfully completed before the third can be taken. This is because the core courses taught in these Certificates provide the foundation knowledge required to carry out the research element on the programme.

Each of the Certificates are part-time one-year courses, with one course each semester.

Study options from September 2016 entry:

  • MSc in 36 months: study one Postgraduate Certificate per year part-time as listed above, Applied Carbon Methods must be taken in your final year.
  • MSc in 24 months: study both Postgraduate Certificates at the same time in your first year, and then take Applied Carbon Methods in your second year.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in 12 months: On successful completion of one of the Postgraduate Certificates listed above.

Read more about the Postgraduate Certificates:

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 2017/18
MScCarbon Management3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2017/18

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

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, and 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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

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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. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a 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