Climate Science and Policy, Certificate

Climate Science and Policy, Certificate

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 70 days


Climate change has been identified as one of the world’s most wicked problems. However, most governments have been slow to respond to the challenge of climate mitigation and adaptation. The Climate Science and Policy Climate Science and Policy Certificate, which is part of the Sustainable Energy MicroMasters Program and is offered by EdX in partnership with University of Queensland - UQx University of Queensland - UQx, will help you to understand the size of the problem and policy options that could start to make a difference.

You will be presented with the evidence as to why climate change is a growing problem for our society. Starting with early data produced from ice cores millions of years ago through to the latest thinking on the action required to address the problem, this course will equip you to identify key strategies for your organisation or government to implement a mitigation agenda.

You will develop skills in scenario planning made famous by Shell in the 1960’s. Being able to think strategically about future world scenarios and impacts on business, is a skill that directors, managers and others looking to advance their careers across the climate/energy nexus will find invaluable.

What you'll learn

  • The history and basics of the climate system
  • How we as humans are impacting the climate system
  • The future scenarios of climate change and likely risks and impacts
  • The general approaches and limits to adaptation
  • Policies required to help address the problem
  • Skills and knowledge of scenario planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 70 days
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
    • Duration description

      10 weeks, 8 to 10 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Topic 1: The History and Basics of Climate System
  • Topic 2: Human Driven Climate Change
  • Topic 3: Risks and Impacts of Climate Change
  • Topic 4: Approaches and Limits to Climate Adaptation
  • Topic 5: The Carbon Cycle - Linking Climate to Policy
  • Topic 6: Future Scenarios of Climate Change
  • Topic 7: The Science Policy Nexus in the Climate Change Challenge - Carbon Budgets
  • Topic 8: The Anthropocene Climate: A Earth System Perspective
  • Topic 9: Climate Policy
  • Topic 10: Scenario Planning: Examination, Development and Use


  • Andrew Garnett - Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas, The University of Queensland
  • Will Steffen - Climate change expert and researcher, The Australian National University, Canberra

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    199 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 199 USD for the full programme and a duration of 70 days.
  • National Applies to you

    199 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 199 USD for the full programme and a duration of 70 days.
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