An overview of the MSc in Climate Change Finance and Investment programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.

This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.

A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.

Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.

Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year’s learning together in a piece of work unique to you. You have the option to pursue a research dissertation, exploring gaps in academic literature, or an applied research dissertation, applying existing theories to real world challenges either individually or through a company sponsored dissertation.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2024/25.

Semester 2


Compulsory courses

Option courses (Group 1)*

Choose 1 or 2

Option courses (Group 2)*

Choose 1 or 2

Please Note: Some courses have pre-requisites and some also have co-requisites.



*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued, or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.

Core and elective courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.

Climate Change Finance and Investment Degree Programme Table

Additional opportunities

China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC)

The University of Edinburgh has partnered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) in the delivery of Masters programmes in Low Carbon Environment and Low Carbon Energy. Students spend their first year studying at the LCC in Shanghai, and can apply to study at the University of Edinburgh for their second year, at the end of which (if successfully completed) they receive a degree from the University of Edinburgh. Students then return to LCC to complete their thesis, and receive a graduation diploma from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Past dissertations

Find out what topics past students have researched by browsing a selection of dissertation summaries by our postgraduates:

Dissertation executive summaries