Global Change - Ecosystem Science and Policy

Justus Liebig University Giessen

16 months
25600 EUR/year
8410 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The international Master's in Global Change - Ecosystem Science and Policy is jointly offered by Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, and University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, School of Biology and Environmental Science.


The Master's in Global Change - Ecosystem Science and Policy programme at Justus Liebig University Giessen has a duration of 16 months and comprises 120 credit points. It is completely taught in English.

Graduates will receive a joint Master's degree from both universities. The first semester is based at University College Dublin, where students have to pay the programme tuition fee.

Global change refers to planetary-scale changes occurring in complex socio-ecological systems. Understanding the intricate changes in our land, air and water requires advanced scientific knowledge in measurement, modelling and prediction. This joint international MSc course between the University College Dublin (UCD) and the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is a response to these global change challenges.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Methods for Engineers
  • Plant-Atmosphere Climate Interaction
  • Global Change Ecology — Introduction
  • Science and Policy
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Law and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General 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 (NFQ Level 8) 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25600 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8410 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8410 EUR per year and a duration of 16 months.


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Global Change - Ecosystem Science and Policy
Justus Liebig University Giessen