MSc Society, Politics and Climate Change
What are the social and political dimensions of climate change? How does climate change impact on local, state and international levels? How do we understand the actions of communities and international organisations in response to a changing planet?
This programme investigates the complex social and political impacts of a changing climate, and examines the ways in which we can respond to crisis. While you will be made familiar with current technical arguments about the nature of the climate crisis, the focus is on its social and political dimensions. You will explore cutting edge approaches within the social sciences to understand framings of and responses to the climate crisis. You will engage with themes including: climate crisis and political economy; the effects of climate change on international relations; sustainability and development; resilience and disasters; green transitions and the origin and potential of green social movements to foster social and political change.
This programme is intended for those who aspire to a professional career in addressing climate change in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Critical skills are embedded throughout the programme to ensure that you have the requisite capacities to become a leader in addressing social and political problems arising from our changing planet, and to help shape a more sustainable future.
You will have the possibility of working on a dissertation research project for a public or private sector partner, gaining crucial experience to further your career aspirations.
There are five mandatory taught units and one optional unit (each 20 credits). A recommended list will be provided.
In addition, students will undertake a dissertation (60 credits), with the possibility of working on a project defined by a public or private sector stakeholder.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the programme.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Degrees from all disciplines are considered. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £12,200 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,100 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £25,400 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
This programme will equip you to become a leader in the public, private and the not-for-profit sectors in preparing for, and responding to, climate change. As such, you will be ideally placed to take advantage of the growing employment market related to responding to the climate emergency.
Career skills are built into the entire programme, and opportunities will be provided to develop communication skills, working independently and part of a group, and research capacities. Our programme has been developed with the input of stakeholders to ensure that we are providing the academic and technical training desired by employers.
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