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MSc Climate Change


The MSc Climate Change offers you a solid grounding in the physical basis of climate change and introduces strategies to adapt to and mitigate against its impacts and consequences. UCL Geography has expertise ranging from reconstructing past climates through global modelling to adapting future water resources in Africa.


There is a pressing national and international need to understand the nature and consequences of climatic change and develop adaptation strategies. The UCL Climate Change MSc Programme provides rigorous scientific and vocational training for the next generation of climate change professionals. You will learn about the Earth System (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, lithosphere) alongside the nature and causes of climate variability and change.

The Programme combines empirical climate and environmental science with state of the art modelling, specifically concerning understanding the impacts of climate change. It seeks to place climate change within the context of broader anthropogenic environmental change and social policy.

The course will give you the ideal foundation for PhD research or employment with a wide range of private industries, NGOs, government agencies and environmental consultancies.


The MSc Climate Change Programme is a one year full-time course. You will study four core modules in the first term (autumn), giving you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of climate science. In term two (spring), you will choose four advanced courses from a range of options. At the end of the course, you carry out a piece of original research leading to a dissertation of up to 12,000 words (worth 60 credits) with the support of an academic supervisor.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0044 Mitigation and Adaptation to Environmental Change 15 credits
GEOG0109 Models in Environmental Science 15 credits
GEOG0118 Climate Dynamics 15 credits
GEOG0120 Past Climates 15 credits
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG105 Research Project and Dissertation (Terms 2 and 3) 60 credits

The four optional modules are normally, but not exclusively, chosen from the following list. Due to sabbaticals and staff changes, not all modules run every year, with module availability subject to change. Please contact the course convenor if you have questions about a specific optional module.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0035 Environmental GIS 15 credits
GEOG0067 Surface Water Modelling 15 credits
GEOG0083 Politics of Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0101 Ocean Circulation and Climate Change 15 credits
GEOG0112 Climate Change Impacts to Hydro-ecological Systems 15 credits
GEOG0113 Terrestrial Carbon: Modelling and Monitoring 15 credits
GEOG0121 Climate Modelling 15 credits
GEOG0122 Biological Indicators of Environmental Change 15 credits
GEOG0123 Climate Proxies 15 credits
GEOG0152 Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing 15 credits

Students studying the MSc Climate Change Programme undertake a Dissertation (worth 60 credits) from May to September. We enjoy strong links with industry professionals, meaning the projects our students carry out are commonly in collaboration with organisations outside the University. Combined with the wide range of expertise available in the Department and across UCL, this leads to a significant variety of possible topics for investigation.



Fees and scholarships information can be found on the main UCL website.



      You can apply for a place on this Programme via UCL Admissions.

      Potential applicants are expected to have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Environmental Science, Geography, Oceanography, Biology, Chemistry or Engineering) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

      Applicants with relevant professional experience in aquatic science or environmental management will also be considered.

      Formal qualifications in mathematics are not a prerequisite for entry to the programme but students are expected to have an aptitude for mathematical studies and, if necessary, to undertake revision prior to the start of the programme. Academic enquiries may be emailed to the Geography Department.

      International applicants will need a Level 4 or equivalent recognised English language qualification. Visit the UCL Graduate pages for information on UCL’s English Language Requirements. To find out if your degree is recognised by UCL please contact UCL Admissions.


      The careers our graduates go onto from this Programme are diverse and include environmental consultancy, catastrophe modelling, government planning and PhD research. Take a look at our Careers page to see where some of our students have gone on to work.

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