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Agricultural, Climate Change & Transitions

Your course
Climate change poses many threats to agriculture, including reduction of agricultural productivity, production stability and incomes in areas of the world that already have high levels of food insecurity and limited means of coping with adverse weather. This MSc equips students with the tools to transform agriculture to feed a growing population in the face of a changing climate without hindering the natural resource base.

The Masters is offered by a consortium of six European universities, in partnership with a network of international groups, third country universities, research institutes and civil society organisations.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Applicants should follow the procedures described on BEFORE beginning their PAC application:

Requirements for entry are:
• Bachelor of Sciences (180 ECTS) or equivalent in Agricultural Sciences, or a BA in Social Sciences with a particular experience in agriculture.

• Excellent academic background (1st class degree normally required).

• IELTS 6.5 (non-native speakers of English).

• A cover letter and letters from at least two referees.


1 year (NB 1 year is spent at NUI Galway during the ‘M1’ of the MSc; the MSc ACT is completed in a second year ‘M2’ at a partner European institution).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
More productive and resilient agriculture will need better management of natural resources, such as land, water and soil. Graduates will not only be able to find work or future research working towards food security goals but also help mitigate the negative effects of climate change, in. They will also be able to pursue PhD studies, e.g., the Plant & AgriBiosciences Structured PhD.

Graduates will be empowered to carry out research in agriculture-related activities in temperate, subtropical or tropical environments. The unique combination of field-and discipline-related activities qualifies the graduate to carry out adviser- or policy-related activities within agricultural development.

Potential professions include agricultural development project manager; environmental change lobbyist and activist; agriculture and climate change advisor; corporate carbon market and accounting specialist for agriculture and forestry; extension, grassroots education and community change agent; agricultural and environmental policy analyst, advisor and programme officer.

Further enquiries

Prof. Charles Spillane & Dr. Peter McKeown
Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) NUI Galway
T: +353 86 796 3624
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1. Mobility: the MSc ACT is a joint degree based on a robust and simple system of mobilities between EU partners.

2. Selection of partner institutions: students study for their first year (two semesters) in NUI Galway, and for their second year in one of our partner organisations (a further two semesters): BOKU Vienna, Austria (in English); the University of Catania, Italy (in Italian); or SupAgro Montpellier, France (in French).

3. You will develop the following graduate attributes: the capacity to identify agricultural and rural development issues; ability to support processes of technical and organisational change in rural areas; the means to critically assess development actions.

Application date

Deadlines roughly end-January & end-May. See

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