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University of East Anglia: Master of Science (MSc) in Climate Change and International Development
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University of East Anglia, School of Development Studies

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In recent years climate change has held a lead position on the international development agenda and world political stage. The MSc in Climate Change and International Development, the first degree programme of its kind, has been designed to meet the career needs of people working in international development and climate change policy and practice. This new course will cover a range of issues surrounding international and local dimensions, particularly the questions of mitigation and adaptation in resource-poor and vulnerable settings.

Taught by a team of internationally-renowned natural scientists, policy analysts and economists, the Masters course material will draw upon existing and ongoing research and applied work through the School of Development Studies and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Its interdisciplinary approach ensures that students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the School of Environmental Sciences through the science-based units focusing on climate change.

The course will address aspects of the policy process, and include units on dimensions of climate change (CC) and development: International policy frameworks on climate change; Adaptation and Mitigation choices and pathways; Adaptation and National Responses; Linking CC mitigation and development (CDM and beyond); The carbon trade: markets and development; CC and poverty reduction, trade-offs and synergies; Local responses to extreme events and disasters; adaptation and mitigation impacts in Africa; Sectoral responses (e.g. Managing coastal / water resources).

Teaching methods include a range of degree units and activities. Assessment will be by essays, preparation for and participation in seminars and workshops, policy analysis, an examination, reviews, dissertation work and related data analysis and conclusions.

Applicants for the MSc programme should have a good first degree in either the social sciences or science.

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