Climate Change for Decision-Makers: Challenges, Transformations, Strategies

Enabling decision-makers to gain a complete perspective of climate change issues, diagnose challenges within their context and develop positions or strategies to solve them.

CPD Certified 48 hours

This course equals 48 hours of CPD time

  • Duration

    6 weeks

  • Commitment

    6-8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

    • Start

      17 April 2023

    • Finish

      29 May 2023

    • Enrol by

      11 April 2023

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Course overview

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time and it is driving a profound societal transformation that affects every government, industry and all human activity. This transformation raises a host of complex questions and uncertainties around jobs, finance, technological innovation, politics and social stability.

This research-informed and practice-infused course focuses on three main aspects of climate change and its societal implications: metrics, technology and governance. Explore the interconnections between the issues raised by climate change and understand how it affects your organisation; gaining the expertise to develop your own position or strategy to solve these issues within your context.

This course will provide decision-makers with the ability to develop a 360-degree view of climate change and the implications for society. You will gain the confidence to find new innovative pathways to address climate change, and understand its broader collective political and legal implications.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • navigate a vast flow of information and identify only the main and most reliable sources, avoiding the main forms of disinformation
  • connect abstract and highly technical scientific knowledge from a range of disciplines to everyday manifestations of climate change
  • use acquired knowledge and understanding of interconnections in new contexts
  • articulate complex concepts from a range of disciplines to a wider audience
  • analyse relevant issues, placing them in their proper scale and assessing their interconnections with other issues at different scales
  • exercise judgement with respect to different claims about climate change scenarios, decarbonisation pathways, emerging issues and their implications
  • develop a position or strategy for your organisation informed by the knowledge and skills acquired through the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at:

  • senior professionals, who have deep knowledge of some specific aspects but need to ‘zoom out’ and capture the overall picture
  • mid-career professionals who need this broader understanding for career progression (to management or strategic positions) or career re-orientation
  • a wide range of government officials active in specific segments of the policy cycle
  • politicians and their staff, who may need a solid and self-contained understanding of the issue for a variety of policy and political purposes
  • consultants in the management consulting and environmental/ESG consulting industries
  • professionals in the financial services industry interested in gaining an understanding of the implications of climate change for finance
  • staff from intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations in need of an up-to-date, scientifically informed overview of the subject.

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

Course dates

  • 2023

    17 Apr - 29 May

    Places available

    Enrol by 11 Apr


Level of knowledge

  • no particular knowledge or background required. The course is intended for any professional who needs, or is simply interested in, acquiring a structured 360-degree view of the climate change challenge.

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