Climate Change Management

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

The course aims to provide you with the expertise to required to understand the climate change challenge, assess its impacts, and develop strategies to increase the resilience of communities, businesses and nations. It is designed to create a new generation of climate change impact assessors, adaptation planners and expert advisors, the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation course gives students a detailed understanding of climate science, the projected impacts of climate change in the 21st century, and the ways in which to adapt to them.

The course draws on expert input some of the world's leading authorities on the subject, including lead authors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), government advisors and industry specialists. It is based upon a highly successful face-to-face MSc course at Edinburgh, this online course utilises a blend of interactive slides, videos, virtual case studies and online discussions to explore the science of climate change in depth, and to promote extensive discussion of the best ways to tackle this key global challenge.

This course covers the following topics:

  1. Climate change science, climatic interactions and the greenhouse effect
  2. Constructing past and future climates
  3. The evidence for anthropogenic climate change
  4. The skeptics' arguments against climate change
  5. Climate change and international development
  6. The global and regional impacts of climate change
  7. Global, regional and local adaptation strategies (potential and existing)
  8. Adaptation planning and decision making
  9. Climate change justice
  10. Climate change communication

The course can be undertaken as part of Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification at the University of Edinburgh. For more detailed information about this course, please review its DRPS entry in the University Course Catalogue.

University Course Catalogue

On this map you can see examples of video assignments submitted by past students on this course.

UoE Climate Change - Video Map


Climate Change Mitigation

This course examines climate change mitigation at a range of scales from geo-engineering to microgeneration - often focusing on the UK and Scotland as a case study. It explores the role of science and technology in carbon management and the interactions of other drivers (e.g. land use and N deposition) with carbon management policy. It includes coverage of national targets and scenarios, local and household mitigation, and examines feasibility and implementation of carbon reduction projects such as wind energy, forestry and anaerobic digestion. 

This course covers the following topics:

  1. Climate change policy overview and case studies
  2. Climate change policy mechanisms
  3. Annual COP update
  4. Sectorial mitigation strategies
    1. Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
    2. Waste and Recycling
    3. Built Environment
    4. REDD+
  5. Behaviour change
  6. Geoengineering
  7. Non-CO2 Mitigation
  8. IPCC WGIII

The course can be undertaken as part of Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification at the University of Edinburgh. For more detailed information about this course, please review its DRPS entry in the University Course Catalogue.

University Course Catalogue

To see some examples of blogs submitted for this course, please visit our programme blog site and look under 'Shared Posts'

Programme Blog Site


Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility

This course examines corporate responses to climate change risks, impacts and legislation. It aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic approaches to managing climate change implications on businesses. It includes practical assessments aimed at building strategic management skills and tools with specific focus on managing climate change for businesses. 

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Climate change and strategy
  2. Corporate sustainbility
  3. Regulation mechanisms
  4. EU ETS and compliance markets
  5. Law and politics of climate change
  6. Carbon accounting and benchmarking
  7. Circular economy
  8. Green marketing
  9. Transitioning to a low-carbon economy
  10. Carbon in the supply chain
  11. Offsetting and voluntary carbon markets
  12. Financing low carbon future

The course can be undertaken as part of Certificate, Diploma or MSc qualification at the University of Edinburgh. For more detailed information about this course, please review its DRPS entry in the University Course Catalogue. 

University Course Catalogue