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Our MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance is a unique programme that balances business skills with knowledge of climate science and policy. It provides graduates with the interdisciplinary skills required in business on issues relating to climate change and sustainability.

Students on the programme will:

  • Learn about the challenges and opportunities change presents to companies across strategic planning, operations, marketing, and accounting and finance
  • Discover how innovation is essential in organisations in dealing with climate change
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the science, policies and technologies linked to climate change, including the scientific basis underpinning international agreements on carbon reduction targets.

This MSc combines the latest research, academic rigour and practical relevance in an interdisciplinary range of topics. To deliver the programme, the Business School has partnered with the Grantham Institute, whose mission is to translate climate change and environment-related research into real-world impact. This programme will leverage the Grantham Institute’s many international contacts with government, industry and non-governmental organisations.

The Business School's Centre for Climate Change & Investment puts students in prime position to learn from experts in the fields of investment opportunities in renewable energy, clean technologies and climate-resilient infrastructure. You will have exclusive access to events and guest lectures hosted by leading industry experts and the scope to receive cutting-edge research support.

The programme's expert Advisory Board of industry leaders ensure priority areas in climate finance and issues experienced in industry are reflected in the programme content, preparing graduates for today's job market.

Programme structure

These online modules will give you basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

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Each module uses case study methodology and class-based discussions to strengthen students’ conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills. Students will undertake both individual and group work, while regular seminars and guest lectures by external expert speakers embed this MSc in the business world.

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Electives are your opportunity to truly shape the programme to your own ambitions. You will choose two electives from the list below in the August term and will study your chosen modules in the Spring term.

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A week-long business simulation exercise will test your ability to apply what you’ve learned in a business context. You will then choose between a group based consulting project or a work placement before completing your studies with an individual report.

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The programme is comprised of core modules, which are taught over three academic terms. In the Autumn term you will also choose your elective modules which will be studied in the Spring term. In the summer, students have the choice to undertake either a Group Consultancy project or a Work Placement, and will also write a Capstone Individual Report.

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance is a one year, full-time intensive programme. The normal working week is Monday to Friday. Classes will be scheduled between 08.30 and 21.00 and students should expect to attend one evening class per week. Other optional activities such as guest lectures or alumni and careers events may also be scheduled in the evening.

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Pre-study modules          
Core modules          

Candidates that fail to successfully complete this degree are not entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

"While it was mainly the programme that attracted me, Imperial is of course a world-renowned university, and the links to the Grantham Institute and their work on the latest developments in climate science and policy were another big plus."
MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance 2021
Lara Gutierrez Santander, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, student at Imperial College Business School