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: 23




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:


Foundation Courses 7
Core Courses 30
Institute Electives (Open and Foundation) 4
Fieldwork / Internship 2
Second Core Courses 13
Disciplinary Electives 4
Dissertation 8
Fieldwork / Internship 4
Total Credits 72

Semesterwise Courses:


Course Code

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 05

 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 9.2

Energy and Climate Change Mitigation – II


CC&SS 13

Global Environmental Governance


CC&SS 14

Natural Resource Governance


CC&SS 15

Economics of Climate Change


 Disciplinary Electives (Choose any two for a total of 4 credits)

CC&SS 16

Elective 1: Climate Change Modeling


CC&SS 17 Elective 2: Energy Modeling


CC&SS 18 Elective 3: Sustainable Cities


CC&SS 19 Elective 4: Extreme Events and Disasters


CC&SS 20 Macro data Analysis


CC&SS 21 Project/Dissertation***


IV CC&SS 23 Technical Skills in Environment and Sustainability


CC&SS 24 Project/ Dissertation



*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)


***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. 

Fee Structure:


Component MA./M.Sc. In Climate Change & Sustainability Studies
FEE Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 0 1350 0 0
Computer Charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2,000
ID Card charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students’ Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 8,000 8,000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1,500 0 1,500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 34,200 23,650 15,800 16,300
  Hostel and Dining Hall Charges:      
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Hostel & Electricity Charges 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
  Total Charges 31,000 31,000 31,000 31,000
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.


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