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Agricultural, Climate Change and Transitions, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #259 (QS) ,
The new MSc Agricultural, Climate Change and Transitions at National University of Ireland, Galway is a two-year international programme which equips students with tools to transform agriculture to feed a growing population in the face of a changing climate without hindering the natural resource base. 


The Masters in Agricultural, Climate Change and Transitions at National University of Ireland, Galway is offered by a consortium of six European universities, in close partnership with a network of international groups, third country universities, research institutes and civil society organisations that share in common the aim to develop capacities on the long term to reduce impact of climate change on food security and, in return, to mitigate the change by sustainable agricultural practices.

Career Opportunities

More productive and resilient agriculture will need better management of natural resources, such as land, water and soil. Graduates of the MSc.ACT 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, for example in the Plant & AgriBiosciences Structured Phd. 

The programme has been designed to develop graduates who are empowered to carry out research within agriculture-related activities in temperate, subtropical or tropical environments. The unique combination of field-and discipline-related activities within the same programme qualifies the graduate to carry out adviser- or policy-related activities within agricultural development. 

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Gender, Agriculture & Climate Change
  • Understanding Ireland’s Agriculture & AgriFood Sector
  • AgriFood Sustainability & Agri-Resilience Challenges
  • Understanding AgriBusiness & AgriFood Market Trends
  • Climate Change, Agricultural & Global Food Security
  • Soil Science
  • Science Communication
  • AgriBiological Responses to Climate Change
  • Climate Change, Natural Resources & Livelihoods
  • Plant and Agri-Biotechnologies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor of Sciences or equivalent in agri-related sciences, or a BA in Social Sciences with a particular experience in agriculture;
  • Excellent academic background (first class or 2.1 honours degree required);
  • IELTS 6.5 (non-native speakers of English);
  • A cover letter and letters from at least two referees.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Galway

  • 800 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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