Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability MSc (MSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 4030

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 12190

All study options

About Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability MSc at Brunel University London

This is a multi-school, interdisciplinary program that explores the likely impacts of global climate change on society and the wider environment.Entry RequirementsApplicants should normally hold at least a second class science social science or law based degree from a British University (or overseas equivalent) for admission to the Masters degree programme. Lower or other qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-Level (or equivalent) and / or relevant work experience. Applicants with prior experiential learning will be considered for admission. On satisfactory performance in the taught part of the programme the Board of Examiners may recommend the candidate to proceed to dissertation for the award of a Masters degree. English qualifications of GCSE grade C or an accepted English Language qualification equivalent to an IELTS score of at least 6.5 Course AimsWe aim to provide students with an interdisciplinary knowledge of the potential impacts of global warming and climate change across a variety of key areas, including public health, business and economics, national and international policy and technological development, underpinned by a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability as applied to resource and energy use. In so doing, we aim to meet the changing needs of society by generating graduates able to tackle the challenges presented by climate change, thus preparing them for careers that will likely span the transition to a post-carbon economy. Course ContentTypical Modules (all core)Research and Critical Skills in Environmental SciencesMain topics of study: methods and techniques for knowledge analysis; skills associated with critical and reflective understanding/evaluation; skills associated with communication of scientific issues; issues associated with professional practice and research in environmental sciences; case studies in global climate change – development of an integrated understanding of the impacts of climate change on society and the environment and the increasing importance of sustainability as a guiding principle in all arenas of human activity. Global Climate ChangeMain topics of study: relationship between climate and biophysical and social systems; instrumental record of climate and what it reveals about variability and reliability of climate; past global changes, including past climates and societal responses; climate models and predictions of future climates; future impacts: biophysical systems, agriculture, human health, resources, energy usage; rapid change caused by natural hazard processes.Ecosystem FunctionMain topics of study: global ecology; biodiversity and ecosystem function; ecological energetics and nutrient cycles; factors affecting biodiversity and conservation. Environmental Hazards and RiskMain topics of study: probability and the concepts of hazard, exposure, risk and uncertainty; approaches used in for characterising hazard and exposure in human health risk assessment and environmental risk assessment; case studies of human and environmental risk assessment in relation to chemical contaminants; PCBs and remediation; environmental impact assessment; managing risks presented by climate change – mitigation and adaptation; risk communication: the nuclear power industry and risk in energy economics; geohazards and risk; flooding and desertification – risk mapping in response to climate change; risk perception, uncertainty, and the precautionary principle: genetically modified organisms, food shortage and agricultural practice, biofuels and the organic devolution.Principles of Sustainable Development: Energy in Transport and IndustryThis element includes: sustainable development, energy, energy use, energy as business issue, industrial processes and energy use, energy use by transport systems and travel, advanced transport systems, zero emission vehicles and fuel cell developments.International Business, Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate GovernanceMain topics of study: the relationship between business and society; foundations of ethical theory; cross-cultural ethics; theories and concepts of sustainable development; corporate social responsibility; corporate governance; corporate reporting and accountability; sustainable production and extended producer responsibility; employees and ethics; consumer ethics; supply chain ethics; ethical and sustainable consumption; business and environmental justice; business responses to climate change; role and actions of the non-profit sector; role and actions of government.Climate and HealthMain topics of study: fundamental descriptors of population health in humans; epidemiological methods for assessing human and environmental health at population level; direct mechanisms for impact of climate change on human health, incident solar radiation and cancer, impacts of climate on non-infectious diseases, changes in distribution and transmission of infectious diseases; indirect mechanisms for impact of climate on human health: climate variability and drought, flooding, and famine.DissertationFor dissertations using secondary data sources, students are encouraged to choose their own topic; for dissertations generating primary data (e.g. laboratory studies) suitable topics are chosen by the supervisor in order to fit into the research expertise of staff. Dissertations involving work with external organisations to produce primary data can be developed in cooperation with a suitable external supervisor.CareersGlobal warming is a pressing and universal environmental issue, which is likely to affect essentially all arenas of human activity. This will create demand for professionals with the knowledge and understanding of how to mitigate our impact on the atmosphere and how to adapt to climate change. These professionals will be needed in a wide variety of organisations in public, private and charitable sectors; in energy, transport, mining, heavy and light industrial, service and retailing, financial, marketing and insurance. A recent one-day conference on global climate change organised by The Guardian featured presentations from central government (MPs, the Mayor of London, UK Govts chief scientific advisor) and local government (Merton Borough Council), NGOs (WWF, FoE), and from Shell, Boots, HSBC, Barclays, Cooperative Group, Berkely Homes, National Express Group, BAA, Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Vodafone and BskyB. These are among the myriad of target employers for graduates of the proposed program.Special FeaturesDepartmental ResearchAir pollution and public health; Clean process technology and recycling; Ecosystems and disease environments; Ecotoxicology, chemicals in the environment, endocrine disruption and chemical safety assessment; Environmental change, climate change, geological and hydrological hazards; Water, waste and industrial wastewater treatment.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4030International course feesGBP 12190
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2015International course feesGBP 6095

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