Climate Change PgCert
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Climate change is a multifaceted issue, with relevance across a wide range of economic sectors and policy areas. The MSc/PgDip/PgCert Climate Change offers you the chance to take a truly interdisciplinary approach to your study in climate change, engaging with academic, professional and popular literature.
The course will help you understand climate change and how people, governments and other organisations are impacted by and responding to it. You will critically evaluate scientific scenarios of future climate and associated impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches, and determine suitable business responses to the climate change challenge. You will also explore the key debates and ideas from a range of viewpoints, considering science, policy, social and economic perspectives.
The course is designed for both climate change practitioners wishing to further develop their understanding of key issues, and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector.
The compulsory modules give a comprehensive grounding in key topics and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels. These are complemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests. For the MSc, you will receive training in research methods and complete a research project, involving in-depth study of real challenges arising from climate change.
Our location in central London offers excellent access to a wide range of research resources, including Birkbeck Library, LSE Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE), the Royal Geographical Society and Senate House Library (University of London).
The Department of Geography has contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions, which can lead to important networking opportunities.
Our academic staff are experts in their respective fields, publishing and teaching in a wide range of topics including climate modelling, renewable energy, flooding and coastal adaptation.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
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A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
Tuition Fees Climate Change PgCert
|England UK||£9570||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9570||year 1|
Additional fee information
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
The field trip to Delhi, India is an optional element of this course and will cost approximately £1300 per person.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
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About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|English Studies and Climate Change BA (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||5%||0%||£9000||£14300||125||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Sustainability: Climate Change and Transitions to Net-Zero Economies MSc MSc||University of Dundee||87%||10%||5%||£7650||£18150||214||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
|Economics and Climate Change BSc (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||10%||10%||£9000||£14300||126||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Business and Climate Change BSc (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||0%||5%||£9000||£14300||118||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Climate Change BSc (Hons)||Liverpool John Moores University||93%||0%||0%||£9250||£16100||114||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|Biology and Climate Change (with integrated year in industry) BSc (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||0%||14%||£9000||£16300||124||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Climate Change with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)||Liverpool John Moores University||93%||0%||0%||£9250||£16100||114||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|International Relations and Climate Change BA (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||0%||3%||£9000||£14300||127||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Biology and Climate Change with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||0%||14%||£9000||£16300||124||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Biology and Climate Change BSc (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||92%||0%||14%||£9000||£16300||124||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|