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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 19300 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 19300 per year

All study options

About Carbon Finance at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Our MSc in Carbon Finance is dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment. Designed to develop your understanding of how the challenges of climate change are driving trillions of dollars of new investment in a huge range of sectors, including energy production, housing and infrastructure, the programme will also prepare you to deliver this investment with advanced knowledge and skills.

Following the Paris Agreement both developed and developing countries have increased commitments for addressing climate change, which will require greatly enhanced capacity in all aspects of carbon finance. In addition, the skills and knowledge developed on the programme are highly applicable to the wider fields of environmental finance and environmental accounting.

Programme overview

Our programme will provide you with an understanding of climate change science and policy, their relationship to finance and investment, and the procedures and issues within the energy sector and carbon markets. It is dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment, focusing on the financial flows driven by society's response to climate change. The MSc is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, economics and science.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and three in the second term (Jan-May), including a group Carbon Consulting Project, which will foster vocational and teamwork skills. In the second term you will also have the opportunity to take one option course, to enable you to specialise in an area relevant to your future career path. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Students on this course may also take part in unique exchange and speaker opportunities.

Knowledge exchange

The School hosts the Centre for Business and Climate Change (CBCC), a leading international centre for business and climate change education, research and public engagement, which is renowned for its high level of corporate engagement and knowledge transfer. The Centre attracts a number of high-profile speakers whose knowledge and expertise you will benefit from, including the the World Bank, OECD, the International Climate Fund and Green Investment Bank. CBCC also collaborates with multiple organisations on high-profile research projects and workshops.

Career development

The explosion of carbon finance and investment has created a range of new types of businesses and careers. Graduates from this programme will typically pursue a career in carbon credit development, low carbon portfolio management, renewable energy investment, climate finance management, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting, and related policy or regulatory roles (e.g. with government or NGOs). The programme is also excellent preparation if you wish to conduct further research at PhD level.

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 19300 per yearInternational course feesGBP 19300 per year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Academic background

  • An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or a social or physical science is normally required.

Supporting your application

  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.

Applications from current undergraduates

Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

International qualifications

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

  • Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)
  • China: 80-85%+; B+
  • Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut
  • India: 1st Class degree (60%+)
  • Nigeria: 2:1
  • South Africa: 2:1/1st
  • USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Country-specific advice for international students

Important points

  • The ranking of the university at which you studied is considered when we determine whether or not your degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK.
  • If your degree is not of the required standard and you do not have highly relevant work or other experience, we will normally reject your application.
  • Meeting the degree requirement doesn

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    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

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    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

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