Words from Programme Director

Words from Programme Director

MCGRM Programme 

Questions of MCGRM

Welcome to the Master of Climate Governance and Risk Management Programme at HKU Business School. Below are the 5 most frequently asked questions by our applicants and we have them answered by Programme Director for you to catch a glimpse of the MCGRM Programme.

  • Q1 Why is it important for today's businesses to understand climate governance and risk management?

    Global climate change impacts a wide range of areas, including geopolitics and economies. It is crucial for individuals and organisations to have a thorough understanding of and dedication to global and corporate citizenship, as well as governance structures that uphold integrity and efficiency. Managing climate change is particularly significant for global companies, as it assists in mitigating risks, meeting stakeholder demands, adhering to regulations, and fulfilling ethical obligations. 

  • Q2 The master's programme is interdisciplinary. What other faculties are involved?

    The interdisciplinary academic focus of the programme is reflected in its partnership with the HKU Business School and ICCN, in partnership with Faculties of Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Law and School of Public Health. Each of these departments shares the collective goal of applying climate change and environmental-related research to real-world situations in their respective programmes.

    A series of specialised core courses establish a strong scientific foundation for inquiry. These courses cover topics such as the science of climate change, the relationship between the financial market and climate change, environmental economics, data science and models, and climate policy. Elective courses allow students to customise the programme based on their interests, including options such as carbon accounting and ESG, climate data and remote sensing, public health and climate impact, climate change law, sustainable urban planning, and green building.

  • Q3 What skills will I develop whilst studying this programme?

    Our programme anticipates that our graduates will be able to effectively oversee various sectors in order to adapt to the fluctuating climate in the economy, society, and environment. Throughout the programme, students will learn about the hurdles and advantages posed by climate change for the government, non-governmental organisations and private businesses, spanning various fields such as basic science, policy development and law, strategic planning, business operations and marketing, accounting, and finance.

    Students will also gain the necessary analytical abilities for creating and managing data sets and will take part in a unique project in which they will act as consultants for their organisations. This experience will deepen their understanding of the limitations that organisations within the climate and society space face, while also honing their ability to develop climate solutions and investment strategies.

  • Q4 What type of student is suited to the programme?

    The course is tailored to students with a strong interest in tackling global climate change through scientific comprehension and efficient control. It is particularly suitable for those who are keen on exploring the interconnectedness of science, policies, and technologies with regard to climate change, as well as implementing these solutions at various levels, locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Q5 What research opportunities are there for graduate students?

    Students who are interested in pursuing a climate-related Ph.D. can choose from various research areas. Climate Sciences involves the examination of the Earth's climate system, while the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystems and People focuses on the effects on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human livelihoods. Technologies and Policies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation focus on developing strategies and evaluating renewable energy, carbon capture, and policy frameworks.

    Opting to pursue a Ph.D. in these areas provides students with the opportunity to address the urgent challenges of climate change through the expansion of knowledge, innovative solutions, and well-informed policy decisions.