Our MSc in Carbon Finance is the world's first programme dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment. Designed to develop your understanding of how the challenges of climate change are driving trillions of pounds of new investment in a huge range of sectors, including energy production, housing and infrastructure, the programme will also prepare you to deliver this investment with advanced knowledge and skills. In addition, following the Paris Agreement both development and developing countries have increased commitments for addressing climate change, which will require greatly enhances capacity in all aspects of carbon finance.

Why choose the MSc in Carbon Finance?

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Programme overview

Our programme will provide you with an understanding of climate change science and policy, their relationship to finance and investment, and the procedures and issues within the energy sector and carbon markets. It is dedicated to professionals in the field of low carbon finance and investment, focusing on the financial flows driven by society's response to climate change. The MSc is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, and therefore welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, economics and science.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses in the first term (Sep-Dec) and three in the second term (Jan-May), including a group Carbon Consulting Project, which will foster vocational and teamwork skills. In the second term you will also have the opportunity to take one option course, to enable you to specialise in an area relevant to your future career path. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor.

Knowledge exchange

The School hosts the Centre for Business and Climate Change, a leading international centre for business and climate change education, research and public engagement, which is renowned for its high level of corporate engagement and knowledge transfer. The Centre attracts a number of high-profile visiting speakers whose knowledge and expertise you will benefit from, including the Chief Executives of Solar Century and Composite Energy.

Career opportunities

The explosion of carbon finance and investment has created a range of new types of businesses and careers. Graduates from this programme will typically pursue a career in carbon credit development, low carbon portfolio management, renewable energy investment, climate finance management, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting, and related policy or regulatory roles (e.g. with government or NGOs). The programme is also excellent preparation if you wish to conduct further research at PhD level.