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Provides the knowledge, skills & experience to undertake analysis of global & Irish climate change science, impacts & policies.
Maynooth, Ireland
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Course Information The MSc in Climate Change at NUI Maynooth is offered by the Department of Geography to provide Graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enable them to undertake analysis of both global and Irish related climate change science, impacts and policies. The MSc was first offered in 2008–09 due to the need for trained graduates in meeting the challenges posed by climate change, particularly in the areas of simulating future climates, impacts modelling, developing mitigation and adaptation strategies and decision making under uncertainty. The MSc in Climate Change is a fulltime postgraduate programme running from the commencement of the first semester to the submission of a research thesis (end of July). The course provides a well-integrated and encompassing programme of taught modules that reflect the major themes of climate change, together with essential technical training in modelling and analysis and are designed to nurture independent and critical thinking on climate change issues. Career Options This course is designed to equip students for further research in aspects of climate change modelling and impact analysis or who wish to pursue careers in areas in environmental management for which climate change considerations are necessary. It is also suitable for those in mid career with an appropriate background who wish to upgrade their skills in these emerging areas. Course Structure The course consists of nine modules, of which students must do eight. Modules cover areas such as; applied climate sciences, climate modelling, current thinking on key impacts and issues surrounding mitigation and adaptation, impacts modelling, palaeoclimatology, global climate policy, the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for climate change analysis, research design and thesis development. The course is delivered using a variety of techniques from traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops with the emphasis firmly placed on integrating cutting edge research into the delivery of the MSc. The course content has been developed with the following aims: - To introduce students to current global climate change issues and impacts - To provide training in research methods appropriate for modelling future climates and their impacts - To develop the capacity for undertaking independent research in the climate change area - To provide a professional education in the area of climate change policy for those who need to be familiar with current developments for mitigating and adapting to future climate change.

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