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MSc in Global Change

Course Description

[[Who is the MSc. Global Change for?]]
Global change is occurring in complex socio-ecological systems. Understanding the intricate, medium- to long-term changes in our land, air and water requires advanced knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction. Responding to these changes requires effective communication of the science in order to underpin innovative policies.

This Joint International MSc course is the response to these challenges and will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy.

This Masters Degree programme will train graduates in scientific methods to prepare policy-relevant information.
The focus will be on the latest scientific insights and modern research methods to address mitigation and adaptation needs for global environmental change. The philosophy of ‘policy-relevant evidence’ is to form the central core of the Masters programme which is equally suitable for graduates aiming at a scientific career as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy making.

[[What will I learn?]]

The Masters course equips the graduate with the following three generic skill sets:
Global Change: Science
Policy and Communication
Data Management, Analysis and Reporting

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

Understand the ecosystem science underpinning our knowledge of global environmental change
Participate in ecosystem research using latest research methods and data management tools
Communicate in an unambiguous way policy-relevant evidence to diverse target audiences
Understand and promote the development of policy in terms of adaptation and mitigations for natural and managed ecosystems supporting sustainable livelihoods

[[What is the programme about?]]
The programme combines the well-established international profiles of Justus Liebig University (JLU), Giessen, Germany and University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. It integrates major research groups who bring together complementary and multi-disciplinary expertise including fully-resourced ecosystem experiments and field-scale study sites. In addition to giving the graduates strong scientific training in the interpretation of ecosystem science, it will provide them with skills necessary to participate in the policy making process.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a recognised Bachelor of Science honours degree (180 ECTS credit points) or equivalent experience, in a related subject such as biology, agriculture, natural or environmental sciences (other relevant disciplines should include strong mathematical, technological, and analytical skills.Since the basic language of instruction of this Programme is English, competence in both spoken and written English is mandatory. If the primary degree is not in English, the candidate must provide evidence of competence in the English language. IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) will be required. Please see ucd.ie/international for more information.

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