A new MSc program from Imperial College Business School is intended to help students develop the skills needed to tackle the business challenges caused by climate change.
With these skills, grads from Imperial's new MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance will be set to go onto careers in carbon finance, risk management, sustainability consulting, the energy industry, as well as other, related fields.
Indeed, although there are threats associated with climate change, it is also opening up a whole range of career possibilities.
"Climate change is a global threat and businesses need to respond to that, but moving to a low-carbon economy also creates opportunities – developing green technologies, for example," says G. 'Anand' Anandalingam, the dean of Imperial College Business School.
"Graduates from our new Masters course will be the kind of people that businesses need to manage climate change-related challenges and make the most of the opportunities.”
The new MSc was developed through a partnership with the Grantham Institute, a climate-change research center launched by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008.
The program will cover topics ranging from the role of innovation and technology in addressing climate change to more typical business-related subjects like strategic planning, marketing, accounting, and finance.
Students will also "develop an in-depth appreciation of the science, policies and technologies linked to climate change, including the scientific basis of including the scientific basis underpinning international agreements on carbon reduction targets," according to the program's webpage.
The London-based MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance will take one year to complete; the inaugural intake will be in 2016. It's aimed at recent graduates from fields like science, engineering, finance, economics or mathematics. It's also aimed at career-changers who want to move into roles in business, climate change, or sustainability.
For more information, please see Imperial's MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance program webpage.
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