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Master of Arts / Master of Science in (Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability Studies)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Habitat Studies

Centre: Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies

Intake: 30


The two year programme, Master of Arts / Master of Science (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 4
Core Courses 24
Institute Electives (Open and Foundation) 4
Fieldwork / Internship 6
Second Core Courses 12
Disciplinary Electives 4
Dissertation 8
Total Credits 66

Semesterwise Courses:


Course Code

Course Title











Foundation Course (Module 1 and 2)



Introduction to Public Policies : Concepts Theories and Practice


HS 04

Eco-systems, Habitats, and Sustainability


HS 05

Research Methods - I (Qualitative)


HS 06

Basic Principles of Economics



 Introduction to GIS


 EC&SS 01

Perspectives on Science, Technology and Scoiety


EC&SS 02

Urban Fieldwork Exercise & Report Writing


























HS 08

Research Methods - II (Quantitative)


EC&SS 03

Introduction to Climate Science


EC&SS 04

Energy and Climate Change Mitigation - I


EC&SS 05

Vulnerability, Adaptation and Livelihoods


EC&SS 06

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


EC&SS 07

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


EC&SS 08

Natural Resource Governance



Elective Foundation



Open Elective



Rural Fieldwork Exercise and Report Writing (2 weeks)







HS 09

Green Economy and Sustainability



Economic of Climate Change and Environmental Development


EC&SS 10

Global Climate and Environmental Governance



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


EC&SS 12

Elective 1: Climate Change Modeling


EC&SS 13 Elective 2: Energy Modeling


EC&SS 14 Elective 3: Introduction to Hydrology and water Resources Assessment


EC&SS 15

Elective4:Sustainable Cities


EC&SS 16 Elective 5: Extreme Events and Disasters


HS 10 Macro Data Analysis


HS 11 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA and SIA)


EC&SS17 Project/ Dissertation***


  Rural Fieldwork (3 Weeks)***


IV HS07 Socio Cultural Perspectives


EC&SS 18 Project/Dissertation                  6

Note: The Total number of creditts, list of CBCS curses and semester- wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.

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

**Students will be charges Rs.4000 in semester I for Urban fieldwork and Rs.8000 in semester II for the Rural fieldwork. Charges are waived for students on GOI-PMS Scholarship.

***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 is an 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 III and IV.Proposal preparation and presentation for te project/Dissertation willtake place around 3rd week of semester III


 ****Semester IV begins with field work of Ten weeks or more (till Dec. 15th )  from the start of the vacation after semester III. 

Fee Structure:


Components MA./M.Sc. Environment, Climate Change & Sustainability Studies
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 0 2,000 0 0
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 45,500 23,500 33,500 21,000
  Yearly Fees 69,000 54,000
  Total Course Fee 1,23,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


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