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Global Change - Ecosystem Science & Policy

Global change refers to planetary-scale changes occurring in complex socio-ecological systems, which are affected by climatic and non-climatic drivers (e.g., changes in human society). Understanding the intricate, medium- to long term changes in our land, air and water requires advanced scientific knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction. This joint international MSc course between the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany is the response to these global change challenges.
The first semester is based at UCD, followed by a 6 week work placement in a company or institution of your choice.
The second taught semester is based in JLU and the third semester is devoted entirely to the individual research project, which can be undertaken in either UCD or JLU.
Samples of topics available include: Global change (soil, air, water), Plant-soil-atmosphere interactions; Science and policy; Environmental law and Policy consultancy.

Entry requirements

-This programme is intended for applicants with a Bachelor degree in an appropriate life sciences discipline, such as biology, agriculture or environmental science (including zoology, ecology, biochemistry, geology and physics). A bachelor degree with honours 2(2) (GPA 2.48 or higher) or international equivalent is required.
-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent

Duration

16 months full-time

Number of credits

120 credits

Careers or further progression

Graduates may pursue roles as policy advisers, scientific analysts or researchers in government, international organisations, NGOs, research institutes or consulting companies. There are also many opportunities for further studies. The skills acquired, particularly through the completion of the minor thesis provides a strong foundation for PhD research.

Prospective employers include the Environmental Protection Agency, Governmental Departments, European Commission; European Environment Agency, international organisations (e.g. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; United Nations Environment Programme; International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

Further enquiries

Dr Florence Renou-Wilson
email: globalchange@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 (0) 1 716 2395

www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies
www.uni-giessen.de
http://globalchange.ucd.ie/
UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science

Subjects taught

Stage 1- option

Work Placement (Global Change)
BIOL40120

Research Project (Global Change)
BIOL40130

Science and Policy
BIOL40140

Biodiversity Informatics (JLU)
BIOL40160

Ecosystem and model development (JLU)
BIOL40180

Resource Economics and Environmental Management (JLU)
BIOL40230

Scientific Presentations in Ecology (JLU)
BIOL40240

Human Health Impacts of Climate Change (JLU)
BIOL40320

Global Change - Advanced techniques (JLU)
BIOL40330

Plant-Soil-Atmosphere Interactions (JLU)
BIOL40340

Natural Resources & Global Governance
BIOL40400

World Food Economy (JLU)
BIOL40570

Policy Consulting - Environmental Policy and Development Cooperation (JLU)
BIOL40580

Man in Past Climates and Climate Change Impacts (JLU)
BIOL40590

Economic Development & World Agricultural Markets (JLU)
BIOL40600

Team Work (JLU)
BIOL40610

Climate-relevance and resource efficiency of organic farming systems (JLU)
BIOL40620

Plant-Atmosphere Climate Interactions
BOTN40180

Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVB40040

Global Change Ecology
ENVB40130

Peatlands and Environmental Change
ENVB40310

Management of Sustainable Fisheries (On-line)
ENVB40410

Environmental Law and Policy
LAW30440

Energy Systems & Climate Chang
MEEN40900

Quantitative Methods for Engineers
STAT40690

Introduction to Data Analytics (Online)
STAT40720

Data Programming with R (Online)
STAT40730

Biodiversity
ZOOL40010

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Application date

MSc Global Change: Ecosystem Science & Policy FT (F038)
Deadline: Rolling

Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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