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Climate Change - Science & Impacts

MSc Climate Change: Science & Impacts

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The climate of the planet has changed tremendously over the last few decades. It is crucial to study the causes of climate change and understand its impacts in different sectors in order to predict and incorporate climate change into future sustainable development.

The UCD Earth Institute is Ireland's largest research institute dedicated to earth and environmental sciences. The curriculum for this MSc is continually updated and the coursework is practically oriented and benefits from cutting-edge expertise and multidisciplinary research profiles.

Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
The Msc Climate Change: Science and Impacts is for students with a degree in Science, Engineering, Economics or other environmentrelated disciplines who have a strong interest in climate change science and impacts.

Course Description

This MSc programme has two strands:

1) Climate science and simulation

2) Climate change and impacts.

On completion of the programme students should be able to critically understand climate change science and impacts, and creatively apply the knowledge in solving real-world problems. It suits students with a degree in Science, Engineering, Economics or other environmentrelated disciplines with a strong interest in climate change science and impacts. Students will have the choice to either conduct a research project working with leading experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds or to work as a summer intern in various agencies or companies. In addition to data analysis and computational skills, students will have opportunities to develop their presentation and communication skills.

Programme outcomes:
-Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the key skills required to work in a multidisciplinary team in professional scientific and policy roles
-Undertake excellent research at an appropriate level, using the subject-specific training and practical research skills learnt in the programme
-Model real-world problems in the appropriate framework and make forecasts and predictions on that basis
-Use the language of logic to reason correctly and make deductions
-Approach problems in an analytical, precise and rigorous way
-Work both independently and as part of a team and be able to pursue a research agenda
-Give oral presentations of technical material at a level appropriate for the audience
-Prepare a written report on technical content in clear and precise language

Entry requirements

•This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Science, Engineering, Economics or other Environment-related disciplines. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

• A strong interest in climate science and impacts 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.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Where can I go?
The multidisciplinary nature of this programme enables our graduates to work across different disciplines and backgrounds to suit global market demands. Graduates could pursue various careers, such as in governmental or international organizations, NGOs, insurance or consulting companies, with their strong skills in climate data analysis and broad knowledge of climate impacts. The experience of engaging with cutting-edge research in the UCD Earth Institute places students in a strong position for further studies at PhD level.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Valerie Kendlin
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 2452

Subjects taught

This campus-based full-time programme has been specifically designed for graduate students from various undergraduate disciplines without requiring previous climate change knowledge. The core modules will enable students to critically understand climate science and develop skills in climate data analysis and climate model simulations. Optional modules of the strand in climate science and simulation will advance students' ability in climate model simulation and application in real world problems. Optional modules in the strand of climate change and impacts will reinforce students' creative thinking of climate impacts in different sectors.

Core modules
Weather and Climate

Climate Model & Scenario Theory

Climate Model and Scenario App

Case Study Climate Science

Research Project

Stage 1 Option

Numerical Weather Prediction

Climate Change & the Environment

Plant-Atmosphere Climate Interactions

Environmental Impact Assessment

Climate Change Law and Policy

Energy Systems and Climate Change

Online Research Skills

Research Integrity Online

Data Prog with Python (online)

Application date

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:2018/2019 September

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

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