Master of Science Degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be in possession of a relevant Honours Degree with at least 2.2 degree classification.
  • Applicants without an Honours Degree or with passes lower than 2.2 may be considered for the programme if they have at least two years relevant experience.
  • Applicants should have passed Ordinary Level English and Mathematics.

Duration of the Programme

The programme will consist of two academic years of block release study.

Structure of the Programme

If, in the opinion of the department, a student has already satisfactorily completed a course of similar contents, may be exempted from doing that course and credit given for that course.  A student cannot be credited with less than 120 Notional Hours credits.

MCD501         Key Concepts of Climate Change and Sustainable Development
MCD502         Transdisciplinary Thinking and Skills
MCD503         Mitigation and Adaptation in Theory and Practice
MCD504         Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
MCD505         Climate Change and Ecosystem Services

MCD506      Climate Change and Urban Development
MCD507      Climate Change and Social Justice
MCD508      Climate Change, Disaster and Sustainable Development
MCD509      Population, Gender and  Sustainable Development
MCD510      Climate Policy and Strategies

Part II
MCD600         Research Project (Dissertation)


Taught Courses
Each course will be assessed at the end of the semester in which it is taken.  The final grade in the course will be based on the marks obtained in the final examination and on course work.  (Normally, a taught course is examined through course work, which carries a minimum weighting of 25%, and a final examination 75%).  The Departmental Board of Examiners will agree upon the final grade to be given for every course that a student has taken, or been credited with.


A Candidate will proceed to work on the Dissertation only after passing all the required courses. Normally a student will spend the final six months of the programme working solely on a Dissertation.  The weighting of the Dissertation is 96 notional hours.  The department will appoint at least one suitable member of its staff to supervise the student’s work.  There will be a minimum of 60 hours of contact time between the student and his/her supervisor, during the final six-month period; the contact will not necessarily be on an individual basis.  The dissertation must be submitted on or before the 31st of September of the final year.  The candidate will submit three loose bound copies of the dissertation to the department.  Normally, two internal examiners and an external examiner will assess the Dissertation.  The examiners will produce detailed reports and make recommendations.

The candidates will be required to present his/her Dissertation orally (Viva) to the Departmental Panel of Examiners.