Climate Change Agriculture & Food Security

This programme is aimed at students who want to combine scientific, engineering, technical, social and/or policy skills so that they are better equipped to understand and make significant contributions regarding the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts on global agriculture and food security.


1. Excellence in interdisciplinary training: Awarded the GradIreland 2017 Best New Postgraduate Course title.

2. Mobility opportunity: All students complete a research project or internship worth one-third of the final grade; this research may be completed at the student's place of work, within the international CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, or in collaboration with other institutional partners.

3. Buoyant jobs market for graduates: Former students now work in the FAO (Rome), UNICEF (New York), FoodTure (Ireland), CIAT (Colombia), climate-smart agriculture and aquaculture programmes (Malawi, Zambia), and PhD studies in agroforestry, agrometeorology and livestock emissions

The MSc CCAFS is run in partnership with the global CCAFS programme and includes nine in-depth modules taught by leading researchers and experts; training in multidisciplinary research skills, science communication and career development; and a 30 ECTS research project. The majority of MSc CCAFS students do their projects with world-leading partner organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe including eight CGIAR Centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Bank, NGOs, universities and companies.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 honours degree or equivalent to a minimum standard of Second Class Honours, Grade 1 or equivalent in an appropriate discipline is normally required.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


1 year, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates of this MSc are developing excellent careers in research, policy, enterprise, business, administration and other sustainable development activities across a wide range of public and private sector institutions internationally. Career mentoring, advice, strategy and facilitation is provided to all students on the MSc CCAFS to ensure that they rapidly enter employment in relevant institutions and activities, where they can build on their interests, experience and training.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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