What our students say

MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy

“I chose the MSc Climate Change and Development because I wanted a course on climate change with development at its core. The sense of community and the opportunities to interact with staff and students makes this course really special. The fact that it is a joint course between IDS and Sussex means that you have a big network to draw on.”

Nella Canales-Trullijo (2012), ODI

“The Climate Change and Development program was an enlightening ‘out of the box’ program. Being able to gather from the expertise at Sussex, IDS and SPRU was one of the strengths of the program. It gave me a thorough overview but particularly to question where climate change and development meet, as well as the broader global picture.”

“What really made the program were the kind of students who were part of it. They were not simply trying to learn about either 'climatechange' or 'development', but from their varied global experiences we jointly questioned the very tenets of what climate change and development is, and what it could be. It provided an environment where you could really explore and expand your interests and curiosities in the field.”

Gloria Cheche (2012), World Bank

“After having analyzed various masters programmes related to climate change globally, I joined the MSc in Climate Change and Policy in Sussex because it provides a multidisciplinary approach. Knowing in more detail about the science, policies, economics, and energy implications of climate change has been crucial for truly understanding the challenges and finding solutions that can be implemented. I was able to focus in-depth on my area of interest for my dissertation, link my past experience in finance and was supervised by excellent academics. All of these opened doors to develop my career, currently in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). In addition I had a great experience living in Brighton, meeting and working with interesting people from different backgrounds and countries.”

Gabriela Moya Toledo (2011), UNEP

“At Sussex I found a truly innovative centre of excellence working on climate change solutions. As a cross-cutting issue, climate change requires a multidisciplinary approach - and Sussex has successfully translated this idea into practice.  The courses I took as part of the MSc in Climate Change and Policy gave me a much deeper understanding of the science of climate change, as well as the economic and policy tools used in the field. At Sussex I met other professionals like myself from around the world who were working on climate change and had the chance to share experiences and best practices. I had access to experts in a wide variety of fields and Brighton proved a vibrant place to live -  full of new and innovative ideas where you could alsoeasily get away for a hike along the sea. The skills I gained at Sussex havebeen a definite asset to me and strengthened my ability to provide evidence-based policy solutions as a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change in both Nigeria and Canada.”

Sarah O’Keefe (2011), Policy Advisor, Canada

“I chose the MSc in Climate Change and Policy and Sussex because I was particularly attracted to understanding  the science, economics and policy around climate change. Whilst each of these elements are very useful in isolation, putting them together has given me a much more comprehensive appreciation of the challenges that climate change poses. I found all aspects of the course enjoyable and intellectually stimulating, and my particular focus on the energy system has directly helped my career since completing the Masters, first in the renewable energy sector and more recently working on smart meters in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. On top of all this Brighton is a truly wonderful city to live in!”

Alex Cambell (2011), DECC

“Taking this MSc gives me the applied knowledge which I need to be able to work on the problems of climate change and development which I see as global priorities.”

Robbie Watt (2011), PhD research student