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Aims and objectives

The MPhil in Environmental Policy provides state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in environmental policy analysis. It is designed for those with prior experience in a related field or for those who are looking to re-orient their career in this area. It is suitable for students who plan to pursue careers in governmental and non-governmental agencies, consultancy or companies where the management of environmental problems is of increasingly important.

The programme offers advanced training in environmental law, economics and methods enabling students to successfully design, implement and assess environmental policy in a variety of settings, at national and international level. The programme combines core modules in environmental law and economics with training in quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. Students are given the possibility to go deeper in these core areas through optional modules as well as to enrol in topical modules on climate change and energy, sustainable urban planning, land policy, or institutions and development. This particular cross-disciplinary focus distinguishes the degree from other environmental policy programmes offered elsewhere.

Programme objectives

The programme’s core objective is to closely integrate concepts in economics and law with a solid understanding of the nature, causes and implications of environmental problems. It ensures that students are equipped with the analytical foundations, the specific skills and the areas knowledge necessary to thrive in a professional setting. The programme offers advanced training in:

  • Analytical, quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • Environmental law (international, European and comparative dimensions)
  • Environmental economics and policy-making
  • The nature, causes and implications of environmental problems

The programme also focuses on developing students’ ability to approach policy questions in an informed, methodical and critical manner. In addition to the coursework, the MPhil programme offers ample opportunity to interact with environmental policy experts as well as to gain exposure in a wide range of cognate subjects through seminars, conferences, and other events taking place in Cambridge.

Programme Director

The Programme Director for the MPhil in Environmental Policy is Professor Jorge Viñuales. Professor Viñuales is available to discuss with students specific issues about the content of the MPhil in Environmental Policy.

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