Oxford Climate Emergency Programme

Understand your role in the global climate emergency to create a sustainable future

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £1,995

About the programme


It is clear. We are in a time of Climate Emergency. The scale and pace of climate change threatens our environment and the business status quo.

This programme is for change makers, innovators, and leaders who recognise the need for change within their business and are looking for guidance on how to best activate it. 

The Oxford Climate Emergency Programme will empower you to take the required action. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll discover how to navigate risks and capture opportunities through catalysing change and reconceptualising the way you do business.

This programme uniquely combines the academic expertise and research of two leading University of Oxford institutions:

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

Introduction to the programme

We need leaders in all sectors, in all industries, in all organisations who are ready to be courageous in shaping the future.

Aoife Brophy

Academic Director


  • An understanding of the global climate emergency and its future implications, from a systemic, organisational, and individual perspective.
  • The skills to transform your business and gain an advantage through the use of alternative economic frameworks and business model innovation.
  • Tools for driving collective action and collaboration to effectively address the climate emergency and environmental sustainability concerns.
  • A 100-day plan that ignites urgent, meaningful change in your organisation to reduce carbon emissions and achieve climate goals.


Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Tackle the problem: The climate emergency.

Module 2

Experience the future: Climate risks and opportunities.

Module 3

Reimagine the future: Frameworks for a new economic system.

Module 4

Address the emergency: Business model innovation.

Module 5

Drive collective action: Collaboration.

Module 6

Shape the future: Plan for climate action.

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Aoife Brophy, research lecturer in innovation and enterprise.

Aoife is an expert in understanding what systemic environmental challenges such as the global climate emergency, and associated system transitions, mean for business. She holds a joint appointment between the Oxford Smith School and Saïd Business School.


Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

This programme is a practical way to access active climate- and environment-related research, and uses evidence-based insights, case studies, and real-world application from across the University of Oxford. You'll also learn from the critical insights environmental science experts and sustainability advocates to help you understand how you can actively drive a meaningful approach to this global challenge.

Aoife Brophy and Charmian Love's report 'The Circular Economy', originally launched at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, presents a framework for the collaboration needed to drive system change. This research contributes to the Oxford #TruePlanet initiative, which brings together partners across industry, government, the third sector, and education, to explore climate solutions.


Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams. 

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.