Climate and



A Cambridge University Masters programme for MPhil and Part III students

Analyse climate and environmental problems by combining mathematical & numerical methods with laboratory and field data.

Two Pathways


MPhil is designed for external students joining Cambridge for a graduate level research degree. It includes:

  • 4 core classes
  • 2 options classes
  • In-depth supervised research project

The QCES MPhil is a 10-month programme including a taught component and a supervised individual research project, designed to prepare students for careers in quantitative environmental science inside and outside of academia.

QCES MPhil students will attend all four core classes offered during the autumn term and at least two options classes from a pre-selected list of classes offered by departments across the University of Cambridge.

MPhil students will spend 6 months (Jan-July) completing independent research projects, which will be individually supervised by a member of the University of Cambridge or the British Antarctic Survey. The research projects will culminate in a presentation and a dissertation.

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Part III

Part III is for continuing Cambridge students and equivalent to an MSc degree. It includes:

  • 4 core classes
  • 3 options classes
  • Individual research project

Note that the QCES Part III option is not available to students from outside of Cambridge who should instead apply to the QCES MPhil.

Cambridge undergraduates have the option of enrolling in QCES as a Part III course in the Natural Science Tripos.

Part III QCES students will be required to take all four core classes and at least three options classes from a pre-selected list, which meet a minimum number of units.

Part III QCES students will work independently to complete a research project or synthesis, culminating in a report due at the start of Easter term, along with a research presentation. The research project will help students develop critical reasoning and written and oral presentation skills.

Note that there are a limited number of places for Part III QCES. In order to be considered, students must apply via the QCES website by the last day of Full Lent Term.

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