Climate Change - Policy Media & Society
MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society
Students take core modules on climate change policy and governance, EU and national climate change law, climate change and the media, the physical science basis of climate change, and climate change and societal transition, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules. Students also undertake research methods training and write a dissertation.
DCU's MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society interrogates how societies are responding to climate change, and how that response can be strengthened. It examines the roles played by politics, regulation, law, education and the media in creating the broad societal response demanded by climate change.
Most postgraduate courses focused on climate change are concerned with the science of climate change. DCU's new MSc. in Climate Change: Policy, Media & Society is unique in Ireland in its focus on the social sciences and humanities, on media, policy, law, governance, regulation and politics.
Programme Structure and Content
Climate change is growing ever more central to politics, policymaking, planning, business, and civil society, both in terms of mitigating our impact on the climate, and building resilience to current and future climate impacts through adaptation. At a global level, the Paris Agreement on climate change, agreed at COP21 in Paris in December 2015, set a pathway towards full decarbonisation of the global economy in the second half of this century.
The challenges posed by climate change are partly technical and scientific, but they are also profoundly political, institutional, and societal. According to Dr. Youba Sokona, former Vice-Chair of the UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "It is technically feasible to transition to a low-carbon economy … but what is lacking are appropriate policies and institutions".
The MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society interrogates how societies are responding to climate change, and how that response can be strengthened. It is the only master's programme in Ireland focused on climate change that adopts a social science and humanities perspective on this challenge. It brings together DCU's unique strengths in the study of climate change governance and law, communications and media, societal transitions, and education.
To view the current course structure, please visit the Provider's website.
For admission to the MSc in Climate Change programme, successful applicants will have -
• A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent.
• If the applicant has not yet completed their degree than a conditional offer may be made on the basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of a H2.2 degree.
• Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
• International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:
• Closing date for non EU applicants is 1st July 2023.
• Closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2023.
Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.
All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.
Queries from EU applicants should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to email@example.com
To apply for this programme:
• All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
• Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
• Provide a 500-750 word (max) personal statement including:
(i) Why you wish to study the programme;
(ii) What in your record and experience makes you suitable for the MSc programme;
(iii) The impact which you expect the MSc programme would have on your future careers.
• Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.
Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml
Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.
DC669: 1 year full-time
DC679: 2 years part-time
The programme is open to both full-time and part-time applicants. Full time students take the programme over one year, while part time students take the programme over two years. Classes for part time students are scheduled one day a week from 14:00 onwards
Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2022.
Post Course Info
The MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society will be particularly attractive to recent graduates of science, engineering, communications, social & political science degrees, current civil and public servants working in central government and the wider civil service dealing with climate change policies; those working in industry who need a thorough grasp of the regulatory and legal landscape as it pertains to climate change; educators who wish to contribute to or initiate primary or second level courses concerning climate change; and employees of unions and NGOs who may be asked to become involved in advocacy concerning climate policy.
Graduates of this pioneering programme will have acquired the advanced knowledge and skills to develop careers in the environmental or climate section of public bodies and organisations, both in national and local government; the environment, climate or Corporate Social Responsibility departments of businesses; or in civil society, either in Ireland or internationally.
The programme will enable students currently employed to found, lead or contribute to climate action and emissions monitoring/reduction efforts of their organisations. The dissertation element will allow students to focus on their organisation as a case study.
• Environmental Monitoring
• Environmental Officer
• International and public policy
• Public Relations