Society faces numerous challenges in the coming years stemming from climate change. Minimizing the risks and costs incurred to society through solving such problems can only be achieved through state of the art scientific knowledge, multidisciplinary cooperation, and the implementation of effective strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change both at home and abroad. The study admits students with different basic knowledge that will strengthen discussions and output in multidisciplinary teams and set climate challenges within an all-encompassing context (both natural and social sciences). The study will give candidates a broad understanding of the challenges society faces with climate change and the competence to generate knowledge across traditional scientific disciplines. Candidates will have a solid academic foundation to evaluate, plan, and advise how different societal sectors can implement strategies and action plans to reduce emissions of climate gases and adapt our society to climate change. Students and faculty with international backgrounds will contribute with their knowledge and experiences about climate related problems, and thus such challenges will be seen in a truly global context.
Content / structure
The master programme is comprised of 10 courses (1 elective) each worth 10 credits, and a master's thesis worth 30 credits. In semesters one and two the students gain knowledge about natural and human induced climate change, climate politics nationally and internationally, and how the climate works as an important driver in ecological and geological processes. This knowledge are used as a basis for courses in semesters two and three where students gain the competence to drive multidisciplinary teamwork and develop strategies and measures to restructure energy production and consumption systems in a more environmentally friendly direction. In the third semester the students obtain knowledge about how society can implement measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adapt society to climate change. Written and oral presentations, as methods for practice, are a central component of the combined learning objectives for the program. The program concludes with an independent research project, guided either towards research or applied planning, where the students must demonstrate that they have achieved the defined learning outcomes for the master program.
Norwegian and international applicants with a bachelor degree in natural or social sciences or engineering
Bachelor degree in natural sciences, engineering or social sciences with a minimum of 80 ECTS in geology, engineering, biology, ecology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, planning, geography and/or science and the environment.
The grade point average of your bachelor`s degree must be C (2.7) or better.
When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic achievements and proficiency in English. TOEFL or IELTS certificates must be original and sent directly to the University College from the test center.
English language test exceptions
a) Applicants who have completed a university degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
b) Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.
c) Applicants with upper secondary education and a Bachelor's degree (issued or ongoing if the applicant is currently enrolled in the last semester) from a Nordic country may be exempted from an additional English test. Please include the school-leaving certificate of your upper secondary education into your application package.