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    In this landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh, the MSc in Carbon Management provides high-level knowledge, skills and training in the business, economics, policy, and science of carbon management. It is designed for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification as a launch pad for a career in carbon and climate change management in business, industry and government.

    The interdisciplinary nature of the course provides a detailed understanding of climate science and economics and a broad and integrated understanding of carbon management.

    A strong reputation

    This outstanding programme has gone from strength to strength in the three years since its launch. It attracts around 50 students each year, drawn from from over 25 nations and with a wide range of backgrounds. What they share is a passion for using their expertise to tackle the challenges of global climate change.

    This Programme has won both the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for Teaching Employable Skills and is ranked among the Top 5 UK Sustainable Development and Environmental Management Masters (Eduniversal).

    Facilitating networking

    We have around 200 Carbon Masters and are delighted to maintain close relationships with our students as they progress with their careers. This invaluable network ensures that our current students have access to employers and decision makers who may be able to provide employment opportunities or research projects.

    We recently held the first Carbon Management Alumni Conference at which we welcomed delegates from around the world consisting of staff, current students and many of our Alumni students. We hope to run a similar event in 2016.

    The curriculum consists of taught courses (September to April) worth a total of 120 credit points (including both core and elective courses) followed by a period of individual dissertation project work (May to August) worth 60 credit points.

    If you are a part-time student, you can discuss your individual programme of study with the Programme Director.

    Core Courses

    This MSc has 5 compulsory core courses. Core courses may consist of a balance of lectures, skills development and seminars.

    Business and Climate Change (Semester 1)

    This course first introduces the concept corporate carbon footprints and their assessment. It goes on to cover the various management polices currently used by companies to reduce carbon emissions and the ethics of such mitigation. It examines the supply chain and the influence businesses have in effecting change in the carbon footprint of this chain. Finally it closely examines the investment basis for climate mitigation by business, the perceived barriers to this investment, and the legislative drivers for change.

    Carbon Economics (Semester1)

    This course first introduces the concepts of carbon markets and the efficiencies (or lack of) therein. It then covers the models currently used to assess carbon performance and issues of scale in terms of time and geographical coverage. It explores the existing and proposed policy instruments for carbon management via fiscal measures and makes a critical assessment of cost-benefits analyses of these mechanisms. Finally it makes an in-depth exploration of the emission trading scheme, its mechanisms, development and barriers.

    Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (Semester 1)

    This course first introduces the underlying science of human-induced and naturally-occurring climate change, using the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report (2007) and Fifth Assessment Report (2013) as its basis. It examines predictive models of climate change and its impacts. It goes on to examine past, current and projected impacts globally, regionally and, using the UK as a case-study, nationally and locally. It then explores the potential for adaptation at these different scales and the potential win-wins of coupling adaptation with mitigation. Finally it covers the legal implications of human induced climate change, the way climate change is communicated, and the issues of transboundary climate change impact assessment.

    Applied Carbon Methods (Semester 2)

    This course aims to turn out students who are able to approach dissertations with all the necessary research methods training to address most carbon management issues as well as enter any organisation and have the skills and knowledge on the key areas to research and evaluate carbon management and ultimately to make recommendations on improvement.

    Climate Change Management (Semester 2)

    This course examines climate change mitigation at a range of scales from geoengineering to microgeneration, often focussing on the UK/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 and ethics. 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.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Program requirements

    The admission requirement is normally an Honours degree from a good university, with an excellent or very good classification, in economics, management or a social or physical science. Work experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, relevant work may increase your chances of acceptance.Other Requirements * Candidates should be able to demonstrate some evidence of mathematical ability. * Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance. * In the case where candidates can demonstrate a strong background in accounting and finance, degrees in qualitative disciplines (e.g. economics or mathematics) or business studies will be considered. * Relevant professional qualifications will be considered. * Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme. * Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.Deposit Requirements and Payment InformationApplicants receiving an offer of admission, either conditional or unconditional, will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,500 within 28 days of the offer to secure their place on the programme.If the deposit has not been received by the deadline, the application will be withdrawn without further notice. It is therefore essential that applicants have funding for their deposit in place before applying.The deposit will be offset against the tuition fee payable at the time of matriculation.Once the deposit has been received, a receipt will be issued by the School of Geosciences confirming the amount paid. Please note that transactions have to be confirmed by the University accounting system and this can take a few weeks to process, depending on the method of payment. Please keep the receipt safely, and bring it along with you at the time of matriculation.The admission requirement is normally an Honours degree from a good university, with an excellent or very good classification, in economics, management or a social or physical science. Work experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, relevant work may increase your chances of acceptance.Other Requirements * Candidates should be able to demonstrate some evidence of mathematical ability. * Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance. * In the case where candidates can demonstrate a strong background in accounting and finance, degrees in qualitative disciplines (e.g. economics or mathematics) or business studies will be considered. * Relevant professional qualifications will be considered. * Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme. * Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.Deposit Requirements and Payment InformationApplicants receiving an offer of admission, either conditional or unconditional, will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,500 within 28 days of the offer to secure their place on the programme.If the deposit has not been received by the deadline, the application will be withdrawn without further notice. It is therefore essential that applicants have funding for their deposit in place before applying.The deposit will be offset against the tuition fee payable at the time of matriculation.Once the deposit has been received, a receipt will be issued by the School of Geosciences confirming the amount paid. Please note that transactions have to be confirmed by the University accounting system and this can take a few weeks to process, depending on the method of payment. Please keep the receipt safely, and bring it along with you at the time of matriculation. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships

    A number of Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships are available. Each scholarship will cover full tuition fees for the programme and is available to Scottish-domiciled UK nationals and to all EU nationals. It will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and benefits to the student. Applicants should apply online using the Universitys Postgraduate Masters Online Scholarship Application Form, choosing the UK/EU Master's Scholarships option.

    Deadline: This scholarship has two rounds of applications with deadlines of 1 May 2015 and 30 June 2015

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    Business School scholarships

    Business School Commonwealth Scholarships

    The Business School will offer five scholarships, each with a value of £10,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of Commonwealth countries.

    Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

    Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

    Business School European Scholarships

    The Business School will offer up to ten European scholarships, each with a value of either £5,000 or £7,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of European Economic Area countries.

    Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

    Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

    Business School Latin American Scholarships

    The Business School will offer five LATAM scholarships, each with a value of £10,000. The scholarships are available to students who are nationals of selected Latin American countries.

    Deadline: The deadline for 2014 has passed. Please contact the office for further advice.

    Contact: msc@business-school.ed.ac.uk

    University of Edinburgh scholarships

    Edinburgh Global Master's Scholarships

    The University of Edinburgh will offer 40 Master's scholarships to students who are nationals of countries outwith the EU for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2014-2015 academic session. Fifteen scholarships will have a value of £5,000 each, while a further fifteen scholarships will have a value of £3,000 each. These scholarships will be tenable for one academic year and will be deducted from tuition fees.

    Deadline: Wednesday 1st of April 2015

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    UK/EU Master's Scholarships

    A number of Master's Scholarships are available for the 2014-2015 academic session at the University of Edinburgh. Scholarships are available to UK and EU students already accepted on a full-time Master's degree programme in any subject offered by the University. The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee up to £8,100. The award of your scholarship will be automatically deducted from your tuition fee.

    Deadline: Friday 1st of May 2015

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    Edinburgh Santander Master's Scholarships

    Fifteen Edinburgh Santander Scholarships are available to students from eligible countries for postgraduate Master's study in any subject offered by the University. Each scholarship will have a value of £5,000.

    Deadline: Wednesday 1st of April 2015

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    Other scholarship and funding opportunities

    University of Edinburgh Graduate Discount Scheme

    The University of Edinburgh offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh.

    Deadline: None

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    External scholarships

    Chevening Scholarships

    The Chevening Scholarship Scheme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), targets the future generation of leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers early in their careers. Globally, mora than 1,500 new scholarships will be awarded this year.

    Deadline: Saturday 15th of November 2014

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

    Commonwealth Scholarships

    Commonwealth Scholarships are available for students from developing Commonwealth countries. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Interested students must apply to the nominating agency in their Commonwealth country of residence.

    Deadline: See Commonwealth Scholarships webpage

    Contact: scholarships@ed.ac.uk

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