Climate Change is a growing issue for environmental policy makers at international, national and sub-national levels, as well as for environmental managers and experts in public, private and non-profit making organisations. Tackling climate change demands an interdisciplinary approach to provide a more holistic view towards climate change issues and debates.
Our Climate Change and Environmental Policy Masters degree provides you with a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy and governance.
You will receive a solid foundation in the physical and social science of climate change and its impacts, including adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. You will also develop a critical understanding of the policy tools available to promote environmental protection.
This Masters course combines modules taught at the School of Earth and Environment, with optional modules from the School of Geography, the School of Politics and International Studies, Leeds University Business School and the School of Media and Communication.
Our teaching draws on the latest cutting-edge research and is delivered by experts and the world’s leading researchers on climate change policy to give you in-depth knowledge and guidance.
This course is ideal if you want to become an interdisciplinary environmental manager, consultant, advisor or policy maker, or if you are looking to improve your career prospects or make a career change.
Engage with some of the world's leading researchers from the Priestley International Centre for Climate, the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, the RCUK-funded UK Energy Research Centre and Leeds University Business School’s Centre for Decision Research; they have published high profile papers with past students.
Attend excellent seminars and talks run by the School and its research centres, where you will access the latest, cutting-edge research delivered by leading climate policy makers and advisors in addition to attend other seminars run by the School of Geography, the School of Politics and International Studies, Leeds University Business School, the School of Media and Communication and the Priestley International Centre for Climate. Ideal if you want to build or extend your network to enhance your career.
Have the opportunity to take part in a 9-day field course in which you will be trained in advanced practical environmental field skills and applications that are highly sought in research and industry.
Gain in-depth knowledge, skills and practical experience which enable you to contribute towards achieving solutions in this topical area.
The Programme Leader, Dr Yim Ling Siu, has over 30 years of research work experience in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations in the fields of energy, water, transport and the environment, specifically focused on climate-induced multiple natural hazards and risks. She also actively engages in translating science to practice and services, and has led many research projects on climate change at the national and international levels (e.g. the UK Met Office, China).
On this multidisciplinary course, the wider programme team is made up of academics and researchers from the School of Earth and Environment, School of Geography, School of Politics and International Studies, School of Media and Communication and the Leeds University Business School. Their research spans physical and social sciences in climate change and its environmental policy issues, including politics and international relations, economics, environmental assessment and planning, climate communication and sustainability.
Active research environment
Our School is home to five world-leading research institutes, which are at the heart of our active research environment – working to tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Throughout your degree, you will be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields, and be directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.
Our team of expert scientists, government advisors and practitioners actively engage in international, national, regional and local climate change research and climate-related policy. For example:
Many are also members of:
We provide a variety of opportunities for you to network with leading researchers, government and private sector institutions. These could include public lectures and seminars with external speakers, a variety of employability and career events and industry open days, organised by the Sustainability Research Institute, the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Priestley International Centre for Climate, the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and Water@Leeds.
Teaching staff often conduct research in collaboration with government agencies, the private sector and international research institutes, and maintain extensive networks which you can tap into.
You can also be exposed to some of the work researchers at the Sustainability Research Institute are involved in. For example, not-for-profit projects such as the United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) - a collaboration of businesses and environmental scientists involved in local action in the rainforest that contributes to global emission reductions and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – such as Article 6/Action for Climate Empowerment on: Climate Change Education, Training, Public Participation & Awareness, Public Access to Information and International Cooperation.
Private sector actors collaborating in this venture include the management consulting business Deloitte, the technology business Premier Farnell, and the Shepherd Group which includes companies in construction and engineering, manufacturing and property development.
We have successful and productive links with many partners such as the UK-based and international charities, governments, universities, research institutes and businesses.
You will also be encouraged to develop links and to collaborate with a variety of these organisations within the field of climate change and environmental policy, and base your dissertation research on real-world environmental projects.
Online taster courses
Our Environmental Challenges collection is a five-part series of free online courses, delivered via FutureLearn. Ideal for current undergraduate students or mid-career professionals considering a Masters degree, this series explores how environmental management policies are developed and the challenges surrounding their formulation.