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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Climate Change, Management and Finance

Lead the way in tackling the challenges of climate change and sustainability in business.

Lead the way in tackling the challenges of climate change and sustainability in business

Gain in-demand interdisciplinary skills from leading practitioners and world-class faculty

Drive climate action forward

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £37,000
      Extended placement: £38,500 Home

    • £37,000
      Extended placement: £38,500 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • First or 2.1 in a quantitative subject such as Finance, Accounting, Economics, Maths, Engineering, Science, Business

View full entry requirements

Course overview

MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance is a one-year programme that gives graduates the interdisciplinary skills required in business on issues relating to climate change and sustainability. You will learn from leading practitioners and world-class faculty how to put the latest academic thinking and business and climate change strategies into practice.

The programme partners with Imperial College London's pioneering hub for climate change and the environment, the Grantham Institute and the Business School's Centre for Climate Change Investment, resulting in an intellectually rigorous and research-backed programme with exclusive access to a wealth of networking opportunities and events outside of the classroom.

Based in London, not only will you be at the heart of one of the world's leading cultural, business and financial centres but also amidst UK expertise driving climate change action forward.

You also have the option to complete a four-six month work placement (internship) as part of your programme, extending the programme to 16 months and graduating with 120 ECTS. Please note that additional tuition fees apply.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

Before the programme begins you will be expected to complete some online pre-study modules which are delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s virtual learning environment.

These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.

The programme comprises core modules from a range of subject areas. Taught over three academic terms, you will benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussions group exercises and case studies.

  • Business Economics
  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Carbon Accounting and Reporting-
  • Climate Finance: A Global Overview
  • Energy Business and Strategy
  • Financial Markets and Climate Change
  • Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Innovation in Cleantech and Climate Change Solutions
  • Mitigating Climate Change
  • Principles of Finance Quantitative Methods
  • The Science of Climate Change
  • Guest lectures

Electives are your opportunity to truly shape the programme to your own ambitions. You will choose two electives from the list below and will study your chosen modules in the Spring term. Electives give you the opportunity to advance your knowledge and expertise across the areas that will benefit your career.

  • Clean Technology Investment
  • Risk Management and Climate Change
  • Shareholder Activism and Corporate Responsibility
  • Sustainable Consumption and Climate Change 
  • Sustainable Management and Strategy

During the summer term there are several opportunities for you to apply your knowledge to practical situations and gain real world business experience.

You will choose to undertake either a group based consulting project or a work placement, and complete a compulsory individual report.

  • Consulting Project
  • Work Placement
  • Individual Report
  • Extended work placement

If you wish to take a longer (four-six month) internship as part of your programme, you can take an extended work placement with the approval of the Academic Director. This is particularly relevant for (but not exclusive to) internships in France, Germany, and other European countries that require students to have student status for the duration of their internships. Please note that additional tuition fees apply.

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations
  • Presentations and seminars
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical classes and fieldwork
  • Work placement opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Essays
  • Formal presentations
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Papers from a written report
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

If you are applying to the Business School, you may be considered for one course per admissions cycle.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee

2024 entry

£37,000 12 months

Extended work placement option

2024 entry

£38,500 16 months

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Learn from an insider's perspective and gain a wealth of industry knowledge to help you succeed in your career as a climate change expert.

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Through a partnership with Grantham Institute, we enhance our excellent reputation as a provider of sustainable business education.


With its Climate Leadership Award, the programme has been recognized for its innovative approach to addressing the climate crisis.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Finance, consulting, and CleanTech are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths include education and energy.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications