The Climate Change: History, Culture, Society MA Programme provides you with the theories, methods and skills required to analyse climate change, and the responses it generates among different national, political and social groupings. The course encourages you to examine historical, cultural and social perspectives on climate change, enabling you to gain a better understanding of how people in different settings around the world make sense of climate change.

Key benefits

  • This course will introduce you to the social status of contemporary climate change science.
  • You will be studying innovative modules in a range of disciplines taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their fields.
  • A diverse range of research opportunities to prepare you for a career working in the public and private sector organisations which deal with the human causes and consequences of climate change.
  • The study programme is highly flexible and can be tailored to reflect your academic interests.
  • Our recently refurbished accommodation offers high-quality teaching and social facilities.

Study Details:

MA One year FT, two years PT

Module Details:


Required Modules

Required Modules

  • Dissertation in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society (60 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Climate Change and Culture (20 credits)
  • Climate: Science and History (20 credits) 
  • Practising Social Research
  • Climate Change and Culture
  • Climate: Science and History
Optional Modules

Optional Modules

You will take 20 credits from the following modules:

  • Environmental Internship (20 credits)
  • Environmental Actors and Politics (20 credits)
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resource Disputes (20 credits)
  • Water Resources and Water Policy (20 credits)
  • Development and Environmentalism in the ‘South’ (20 credits)
  • Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (20 credits)
  • Risk Governance (20 credits)
  • Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Risk Communication (20 credits)
  • Globalisation and the Environment (40 credits)
  • Disasters and Development (20 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)
  • Environmental Science and Policymaking (20 credits)
  • Community, Vulnerability and Disasters Risk (20 credits) (prerequisite: Disasters and Development either through taking the module fully or through auditing)
  • Global Environmental Change 1: Climate Science (20 credits)
  • Global Environmental Change 2: Earth System Dynamics (20 credits)

You can choose further credits to bring the total for the degree to 180 – 190 from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Any of the prescribed modules listed above

  • Any Level 7 (master’s) modules offered in the Department of Geography

  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered by any departments or institutes outside of Geography, subject to approval.

  • Environmental Internship
  • Environmental Actors & Politics
  • Geopolitics Of Natural Resource Disputes
  • Water Resources And Water Policy
  • Environment, Livelihoods & Development In The South
  • Risk Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Communication
  • Globalisation And The Environment
  • Disasters And Development
  • Environmental Science & Policymaking
  • Community, Vulnerability And Disaster Risk
  • Global Environmental Change 1: Climate Science
  • Global Environmental Change 2: Earth System Dynamics
Optional or required, depending on pathway
  • Development And Environmentalism In The ‘South’

Student Destinations

This MA is designed to prepare students for careers working in the many public and private sector organisations which have to deal with the human causes and consequences of climate change. The Programme develop students’ understanding of the intersection between climate change and culture, and cultivates transferable skills suitable for policy-facing organisations, cultural institutions, international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations and environmental consultancies. The Master’s programme also develops the necessary knowledge and research skills for students who wish to undertake PhD research on the human dimensions of climate change.


Entry Requirements

General entry advice Minimum requirements: 2:1 honours undergraduate degree (or international equivalent).

Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.

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