Carbon Management

  • Delivery:
    Distance learning
  • Credits:

Increasing concern regarding the potential impacts of global climate change, attributable primarily to human activities, has placed the issue of carbon management at the top of the international policy agenda.

This course will examine the science underpinning the process of climate change and how this might be addressed through adaptation and mitigation measures, based on an understanding of the global carbon cycle.

Key information

Next start date:

20 September 2022


Distance learning/online


10 weeks

Entry requirements:

This course is open to anyone with a relevant undergraduate degree. Alternatively, non-graduates / professionals with significant and relevant work experience, who can also demonstrate an ability to both complete and benefit from the course will be considered.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course details

The aim of this course is to provide a detailed introduction to climate science, together with a broad and integrated overview of carbon management approaches. This will include consideration of the global policy context and associated national legislation, together with the principles and practice of emission reduction and carbon management planning, and the relationship between the economy and the environment being mediated through the use of energy production.

Carbon can be seen as a primary case study of the tension between economic activity and the environment; the problem of climate change can be seen as symptomatic of this tension. Climate science and approaches to carbon management have developed rapidly in recent years, yet remain the subject of controversy. The aim will be to expose you to current thinking in this rapidly developing field, with particular focus on those areas of current controversy and debate. The course will enable you to understand the key drivers behind carbon management and the regulatory framework in which it operates.

Throughout the duration of this course, these topics will be covered: 

  • Introduction to the global carbon cycle
  • Processes of climate change
  • GHG sources and impacts
  • Carbon policy
  • Carbon accounting
  • Carbon models
  • Carbon market
  • Adaptation and mitigation
  • Trade-offs and ecosystem services
  • Case studies.

Academic assessment (optional)

In addition to the short course itself you have the option of undertaking further study and completing an academic assessment (an additional fee applies). On successful completion of this assessment you will gain 20 academic credits at postgraduate level (Level 7).

If you choose to take the academic assessment option for this course, it will take roughly four months to complete (from your enrolment through to the submission deadline for your assessment). There is an additional fee of £200 for the Master's level assessment.

Fees and funding

The fee for this unit/short course: £600.

Additional fee: £200 if you wish to take the academic assessment.

With this type of course (ie. a short course) you will find that the cost of studying is already broken down into smaller, more manageable amounts (in comparison to a full degree, whether at postgraduate or undergraduate levels).

Additional funding help may sometimes be received from your employer given the relevance to your chosen career, if you are a previous student of BU you will receive a discount on your course fees, but other funding options are limited and postgraduate loans will not be available when studying individual CPD units.

See our fees and funding section for more information. 

How to apply

If you have any further questions about the course and for information on how to apply, please email [email protected].

Additional information

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