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Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability MSc

Tackling Climate Change and building sustainable approaches through interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership

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  • September 2024
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Gain a comprehensive understanding of climate change and develop the professional skills needed to influence and lead on sustainable climate action.

On our Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability MSc programme you'll gain a deep insight into climate change's impact on society, organisations, and individuals. 

You'll explore sustainable approaches to tackle climate change and other negative human impacts on the planet.

The programme has 3 distinct themes:

  1. Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches
  2. Learning through live projects
  3. Development of personal agency and leadership roles

Aligned with Newcastle University's own sustainability goals, you'll study global solutions, enhance personal growth, and refine your leadership skills.

Together, we'll explore ways to drive meaningful responses and create a more sustainable future.

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What you'll learn

We'll equip you with the essential knowledge and insights to address global climate challenges.

Throughout the programme, you'll:

  • Analyse and assess scientific theories on climate change and sustainability from authoritative sources
  • Examine social, cultural, and economic aspects related to these topics
  • Prioritise and confront challenges in real-life situations, employing an interdisciplinary approach
  • Acknowledge the demands and possibilities of responsible leadership for sustainable practices

Featured module

SCX8000 - Facing Up to Climate Change: Tackling Climate Change through solution focused multi-disciplinary collaboration

As part of the programme you'll take our Facing Up to Climate Change module. On this module you'll work on exciting collaborative projects, combining different subjects, skills, and perspectives from across the University.

The module focuses on sustainable development goals, empowering you to make connections and learn how to influence agendas. The module includes four key themes:

  1. The Scientific Evidence and Impacts of Climate Change
  2. The Policies, Politics and Economics of Climate Action
  3. People and Planet: Social and Ethical Challenges
  4. Measuring, Monitoring and Methods

Teaching on this module combines interactive, project-based, learning activities, to ensure you have all the skills needed to go further in the sector.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn


Your future

Practical skills

On completing the programme learners should be able to:

  • Research, select and apply appropriate knowledge to practice-based projects.
  • Plan and deliver team and individual work-packages and projects within timescale and given resources.
  • Engage in peer and self-assessment to drive improvement and progressive personal and team development.
  • Design and deliver effective communication strategies for a variety of audiences.

Transferable/Key Skills

On completing the programme learners should be able to:

  • Source expert, authoritative and verifiable knowledge
  • Work and lead effectively in multi-disciplinary teams by understanding and drawing on the skills, knowledges, practices, cultures, and motivations of each team member.
  • Respond to challenges and opportunities in a pre-planned, organised and timely manner.
  • Design and present arguments in a clear and impactful manner for a range of audiences.

Graduate destinations

Employability is a key focus of the programme, offering tailored support from Newcastle University's award-winning career service. Learners are offered the opportunity to tackle local, national and international challenges in climate change and sustainability through live projects, supported by personal tutors and industry experts.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


As a student on MSc Leadership in Climate Change and Sustainability, you’ll be based in the Henry Daysh Building on our city centre campus.

As the programme is interdisciplinary, some of your time will also be spent in the School of Engineering. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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