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Master of Climate Change Science and Policy

The global threat of climate change is real. Gain an insight into climate change challenges in science and policy-making with this multi-disciplinary degree.

Fight a global problem

Climate change is undoubtedly the biggest environmental challenge our world faces.

Globally we already see some of the consequences: an increase in extreme weather events, the loss of habitable land, and growing concerns about food security, species loss and threats to biodiversity.

It is well established that we need to keep global warming well below a 2 degree threshold to prevent even more repercussions. But deciding how we go about reducing our emissions, and how we adapt to changes that have already happened, requires scientists and policy-makers with a broad understanding of both physical sciences and human systems.

The 180-point Master of Climate Change Science and Policy will give you the necessary combination of policy and science knowledge to address the real-world problem of climate change. It’s a cross-disciplinary programme which combines taught courses with a research essay or placement with an external organisation.

Consider diverse perspectives

Develop your understanding about the physical nature of global climate change. Consider the ethical, scientific and policy strengths and weaknesses of current and proposed strategies for dealing with it. Explore the political forces working for—and against—addressing this challenge.

Gain insight into the economics, politics, behavioural science and public engagement critical to developing strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change at a local, national and global level.

Learn from the best

Our academics are world-renowned experts in climate change, and we have close relationships with government bodies, research institutes and other key agencies in Wellington and in New Zealand. You’ll be exposed to expertise from across the university, and from visiting experts.

Get an edge in your career

If you want to work in policy, iwi development or NGO advocacy related to climate change, this programme will give you an edge in your career.

Your degree might be in science, law, engineering or the social sciences—you don’t need a degree in science to apply for the Master of Climate Change Science and Policy.

You will need to have a three-year degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B average at 300 level, from any New Zealand university. Students with equivalent international qualifications or extensive and relevant practical, professional or scholarly experience are encouraged to apply, although admission to the programme is at the discretion of the Associate Dean (students).


For this programme you'll need to complete the following courses:

Plus either:

And an additional 2–4 courses worth a total of 60 points from the list below, or other approved courses:

Contact the programme director if you wish to include courses not listed here.

To find out more

If you're interested in studying the Master of Climate Change Science and Policy, contact: