M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Habitat Studies

Centre: Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies

Intake: 20


a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.

b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.

c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 02, 2018 are eligible to apply to all the programme.

Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 29, 2018. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.




The two year programme, Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies) Studies is a pioneering initiative of the School of Habitat Studies, that was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit at Rio, held in 1992. In the twenty years since Rio, both the issues of climate change as well as sustainability have become significantly more urgent.

The programme attempts to provide a base for further interdisciplinary research and learning on issues emerging from the interface of human society with the geophysical and the biological environment, both in the local and global sense. The various forms and aspects of this interaction are examined in detail in the programme. The emphasis is on understanding the ecological and the economic, and the socio- Political sustainability of these interactions in the light of developmental objectives and ecological constraints. The issues of economic development, poverty, human development and equity would be revisited and their interlinkages with the environment explored.

The M.A. programme has a special focus on the issue of climate change which is among the most urgent global environmental concerns confronting the world today.  The programme seeks to build amongst the students an in-depth understanding of the multi-dimensional and
complex nature of climate change through comprehensive and thorough engagement with the relevant scholarship and field studies and interaction with practitioners, grass-roots workers and activists from communities an (4 Credits) movements. This entails looking into the reasons behind climate change, its impacts, the vulnerabilities of the future in the era of climate change and the complex responses required in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This programme is based on an intensive four-semester schedule that combines theoretical perspectives and substantial fieldwork. The graduates from this programme will have a wide range of capabilities that will enable them to work and intervene in a number of possible
locations, including development organisations, government agencies, departments and projects, academia, and other civil society and community based organisations. It also provides the necessary background for students to potentially work in the field of climate change and sustainability with industry, both in the public and private sector. The extensive space devoted to their dissertation work enables students to direct their learning towards working in any thematic locations of their choice in the future.

The programme specifically involves teaching and inter-disciplinary dissertation work in areas including climate policy, energy and energy policy including renewables, water and water policy and governance, natural resource economics and economics of climate change, governance issues including natural resources and local and global environmental governance, sustainability issues in industry, etc.

In summary, the programme:

• Provides students with knowledge of the scholarship in climate change, sustainability and sustainable development, based on a sound introduction to the study of development in general.

• Teaches students to critically assess climate mitigation and adaptation principles and practices, and sustainability principles and practices.

• Provides students with the conceptual and practical tools to evaluate developments in key sectors such as energy and water on the basis of their scientific, economic, and technological merits, as well as on their potential to contribute to broad societal goals such as development and poverty eradication, environmental protection and enabling equity.

• Teaches students to locate and map value (4 Credits) vulnerabilities with respect to the environment and climate, but taking account also of social vulnerabilities including those due to caste, class and gender.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

SemesterDistribution of CreditsCBCS CreditsToal Credits
I 19 0 19
II 20 2 22
III 21 4 25
IV 8 2 10
Total 68 8 76

Semesterwise Courses:


Course Title




Foundation Course


Philosophy of Research


CC & SS 01

Concepts and Theories of Development


CC & SS 02

Eco-systems and Habitats


CC & SS 03

Perspectives on Science, Technology and Society


CC & SS 04

Research Methods - I


CC & SS 5

 Introduction to GIS



Urban Fieldwork (2 Weeks)


CC & SS 06

Research Methods - II


CC & SS 07

Introduction to Sustainability Studies


CC & SS 08

Introduction to Climate Science


CC & SS 9.1

Energy and Climate Change Mitigation - I


CC & SS 10

Water and Sustainable Development - I


CC & SS 11

Vulnerability, Adaptation and Livelihoods


CC & SS 12

Basic Concepts in Economics & Environmental and Natural Resource Economics*



Elective Foundation



Open Elective




Rural Fieldwork (3 Weeks)


CC & SS 13

Global Environmental Governance


CC & SS 9.2

Energy and Climate Change Mitigation – II


CC & SS 9.2

Natural Resource Governance


CC & SS 15

Economics of Climate Change


Choose any two out of the four Disciplinary Electives given below for a total of 4 credits  


CC & SS 15

Elective 1: Climate Change Modeling


CC & SS 16^

Elective 2: Energy Modeling

CC & SS 17^

Elective 3: Sustainable Cities

CC & SS 19

Elective 4: Extreme Events and Disasters

CC & SS 20

Macro data Analysis

CC & SS 20




                       CC & SS 23


Technical Skills in Environment and Sustainability


CC & SS 24

Project/ Dissertation





* Note: The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

*Basic Concepts in Economics and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics will run in sequence


**Project/Dissertation work will begin in the second semester. Students expected to do preliminary/exploratory field work in summer after rural field work. The Project Work or Dissertation Research will expect independent work by a student on any relevant topic connected with the theme of concentration chosen under the guidance of a faculty member (and outside expert, if needed). Project/Dissertation credits are spread over 2 semesters (3rd and 4th)


^Two out of five electives to be chosen – 2 credits each


***Proposal preparation and presentation for the project/dissertation will take place early 3rd semester (Around 3rd week)


****Semester IV begins with field work. Ten weeks or more (till Dec. 15Th ) for field work from start of the vacation after 3rd semester. GIS/Data analysis and workshops to begin in 3rd week of Dec till end Jan. Classes to be held only on two days per week. Five days for working on dissertation.


#Contemporary Issues will be run in a workshop mode and will cover relevant subjects that do not get covered in the course material.

Fee Structure:


Components CCSS
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 0 0 0 0
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 4000 4000 4000 4000
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
OTHER CHARGES Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 38200 26300 19800 20300
Total Fees for Hostellers 69200 57300 50800 51300
*Details under School        

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.