The Postgraduate Certificate in Global Environment Challenges is offered by the School of Social and Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Science. The Postgraduate Certificate in Global Environment Challenges is an online distance learning programme for people working, or or considering a career, at the intersections of policy, real-world practice and/or research in a range of sectors including government, international agencies, NGOs, private sector and academia.
Human activity is increasingly changing the natural environment at an unprecedented rate. Humanity faces a range of complex and interrelated challenges: global warming, ecosystem disruption, biodiversity loss, and for many, increasing difficulty in meeting basic human needs for energy, food, water and shelter. As a result, environmental issues are inextricably linked to many aspects of local, regional and global development, health, security and politics. This programme takes a grounded, interdisciplinary approach to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of people working, or considering a career at the intersections of policy, real-world practice and/or research in areas such as government, international agencies, NGOs, private sector and academia.
Entry requirements for this programme are normally a minimum of 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant degree. Professional experience will also be taken into account. Applicants are encouraged to use their personal statement in the application to describe their interests in the programme and what they would bring to the programme as well as provide detail on any relevant work experiences.
The distance learning programme offers a flexible approach to personal and professional development and can be studied around your other commitments, including full time work, from anywhere in the world with internet access.
The PG Certificate comprises three courses:
- Global Environment Challenges
- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
- Ecosystem Values and Management
On completion of the PG Certificate, you will:
- Understand the challenges for society relating to sustainability, human wellbeing and environmental change
- Be able to critically evaluate local and regional environment-related issues, initiatives and projects within a global context
- Be able to apply theories and insights from scholarly research to support the development of appropriate responses to such issues through practice and policy
Timetable for courses
The three courses are offered in the following semesters:
- Global Environment Challenges (core course): September-December
- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: January – March
- Ecosystem Values and Management: March – June
Global Environment Challenges Support