Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change aims to meet the needs of both climate change practitioners and those hoping to move into this fast-developing sector. It is ideal if you are interested in studying climate change at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA.

The programme provides a comprehensive advanced-level grounding in many areas of climate change and an opportunity to reflect on practice at both individual and corporate levels. As it is offered through part-time, evening, face-to-face study, it is ideal if you want to combine study with a continuing career.

You will learn about key issues in the three main areas of science, policy and business, by engaging with academic, professional and popular literature. You will also critically evaluate scientific scenarios for future climates and landscape impacts, assess the effectiveness of different policy approaches, and determine suitable business responses to the climate change challenge.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue a career in business, environmental management, local government, policy work, and in environmental groups and charities. Possible professions include nature conservation officer, environmental consultant, or geographical information systems officer.

Start Date:

One evening a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,060 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £5,240 Overseas Fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,060 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its 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.
  • International entry requirements: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its 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. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7