Climate Science, Policy and Society at University of Plymouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Engage in holistic study of climate change, one of the defining challenges facing humanity and the planet today. Pursue specialist interests in climate science and its interpretation and application in policy, law and societal debates on adaptation and mitigation. Develop a deep appreciation of how intersections between science, policy, media and other societal concerns shape efforts to understand and respond to the climate crisis. PROGRAMME OVERVIEW The programme’s combination of interdisciplinary perspectives, class and field-based teaching, and engagement with organisations working on climate issues provides an exceptional foundation for careers with public sector organisations, businesses, specialist agencies and other non-government sectors that are working to achieve net-zero emissions, promote just transitions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. You have access to a host of specialist facilities, including state-of-the-art palaeoecological soils, sediment and water laboratories, ISO 9000-accredited analytical facilities, a Geomapping Unit providing spatial datasets and specialist support for spatial data collection and analysis, and LABplus, a flexible learning space to support you with your practical work and laboratory skills. KEY FEATURES

  • Gain a contemporary and interdisciplinary understanding of climate issues through vocationally-focused training led by experts in an enthusiastic, stimulating and diverse learning environment.
  • Acquire subject and transferrable skills to become a pioneering climate practitioner or researcher, tailoring your studies for your chosen career path.
  • Focus on the dimensions of climate change you feel most passionate about through module choices and an individual research dissertation.
  • Work with experts from across disciplines who achieved ‘internationally excellent’ ratings over multiple Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 assessments.
  • Benefit from our local, national and international sector connections as part of a respected and active research community that includes the Sustainable Earth Institute and Marine Institute – the latter being the first and largest of its kind in the UK.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Our graduates can offer specialist knowledge and skills to public, private and third-sector organisations involved in developing policies and initiatives to understand and adapt to climate change or to reduce emissions within their spheres of influence.

Assessment method

The Masters degree is obtained typically by a combination of coursework & thesis/dissertation.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit for more information. You can apply for one of our postgraduate courses directly using our online application form. For details on how to apply, and to access the online application form, please visit Once you have applied, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in ( A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. This may include, but not limited to, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Management, Law, Politics, International Relations and other Humanities based subjects. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to provide proof of proficiency in English, such as a minimum test scores of 6.5 (and minimum 5.5 in all components) for IELTS or 575 paper-based, 90 internet-based and 232 computer-based for TOEFL.

Fees and funding

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Climate Science, Policy and Society at University of Plymouth - UCAS