Carbon Finance, M.Sc.

Carbon Finance, M.Sc.

About

The MSc in Carbon Finance Carbon Finance from The University of Edinburgh will appeal to graduates with significant work experience in business, government or the NGO sector.

Typically students will not have had an opportunity to specialise in climate change but will want to move into a career in climate change investment, carbon markets, consulting or carbon accounting.

Likely future roles include carbon credit development, low carbon portfolio management, renewable energy investment, climate find management, carbon trading, carbon consulting, carbon accounting and related policy or regulatory roles (e.g. with government or NGOs).

Very few business schools in the world have a similar depth of expertise in carbon finance.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain an understanding of:

  • Explain and evaluate the current state of climate change science and key climate change policy initiatives;
  • Explain and apply principles of finance in the energy sector;
  • Describe and critically evaluate the structure and dynamics of the major global, regional and national-level carbon markets;
  • Explain and apply practices and procedures of carbon accounting;
  • Describe and evaluate the challenges and opportunities for low-carbon investment.

Programme Structure

    Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:

      100

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    • Minimum required score:

      7

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    • Minimum required score (Grade C):

      185

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      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

    • Minimum required score:

      67

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Upper Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    Academic requirements

    • You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
    • An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or a social or physical science is normally required.
    Supporting your application
    • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
    • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.

    Living costs for Edinburgh

    • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    • Business School scholarships
    • Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships for UK & EU students

    StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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