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Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy (Joint Degree with University College Dublin), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 months
    Duration
University rank #351 (WUR) Gießen, Germany
Global change is occurring in complex socio-ecological systems. Understanding the intricate, medium- to long-term changes in our land, air and water requires advanced knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction. Responding to these changes requires effective communication of the science in order to underpin innovative policies.
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Overview

Global change is occurring in complex socio-ecological systems. Understanding the intricate, medium- to long-term changes in our land, air and water requires advanced knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction. Responding to these changes requires effective communication of the science in order to underpin innovative policies.

This Joint International MSc course is the response to these challenges and will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy.

This Masters Degree programme will train graduates in scientific methods to prepare policy-relevant information.

The focus will be on the latest scientific insights and modern research methods to address mitigation and adaptation needs for global environmental change. The philosophy of ‘policy-relevant evidence’ is to form the central core of the Masters programme which is equally suitable for graduates aiming at a scientific career as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy making.

What will I learn?

The Masters course equips the graduate with the following three generic skill sets:

  • Global Change: Science
  • Policy and Communication
  • Data Management, Analysis and Reporting
  • On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

    • Understand the ecosystem science underpinning our knowledge of global environmental change
    • Participate in ecosystem research using latest research methods and data management tools
    • Communicate in an unambiguous way policy-relevant evidence to diverse target audiences
    • Understand and promote the development of policy in terms of adaptation and mitigations for natural and managed ecosystems supporting sustainable livelihoods
    What is the programme about?

    The programme combines the well-established international profiles of Justus Liebig University (JLU), Giessen, Germany and University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. It integrates major research groups who bring together complementary and multi-disciplinary expertise including fully-resourced ecosystem experiments and field-scale study sites. In addition to giving the graduates strong scientific training in the interpretation of ecosystem science, it will provide them with skills necessary to participate in the policy making process.

    Where can I go?

    The Joint International Masters Degree in Global Change leads in both science and policy, training graduates to pursue a research career and at the same time to communicate directly with policy-making bodies.

    • Further post-graduate education and research
    • Governmental and non-governmental policy
    • Scientific and consulting agencies
    • Public education/understanding of science
    • Scientific journalism/publishing

    Programme Structure

    Stage 1 - Option
    • Work Placement (Global Change)
    • Research Project (Global Change)
    • Science and Policy
    • Biodiversity Informatics (JLU)
    • Ecosystem and model development (JLU)
    • Resource Economics and Environmental Management (JLU)
    • Scientific Presentations in Ecology (JLU)
    • Human Health Impacts of Climate Change (JLU)
    • Global Change - Advanced techniques (JLU)
    • Plant-Soil-Atmosphere Interactions (JLU)
    • Seminar on current issues in Biophilosophy (JLU)
    • Natural Resources & Global Governance
    • World Food Economy (JLU)
    • Policy Consulting - Environmental Policy and Development Cooperation (JLU)
    • Man in Past Climates and Climate Change Impacts (JLU)
    • Economic Development & World Agricultural Markets (JLU)
    • Team Work (JLU)
    • Plant-Atmosphere Climate Interactions
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Global Change Ecology
    • Peatlands and Environmental Change
    • Management of Sustainable Fisheries (On-line)
    • Environmental Law and Policy
    • Energy Systems & Climate Chang
    • Quantitative Methods for Engineers

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 16 months
    • Credits
      120 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:

      100

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    • Minimum required score:

      600

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2.48

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.48 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 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

    • This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in an appropriate life sciences discipline, such as biology, agriculture or environmental science (including zoology, ecology, biochemistry, geology and physics). A lower second class honours (GPA 2.48 and above) 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.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      23800 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 23800 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.
    • EU/EEA

      7790 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7790 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.
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    Living costs for Gießen

    • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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