Climate Change Management

Master Autumn 2020

Climate change, with increasing temperature and changing precipitation patterns and increasing risk of natural hazards for communities and nature. This poses a range of new challenges for society and has created a great demand for candidates with up-to-date knowledge on climate change with competence of physical and societal planning.

This master programme will give you a broad understanding of the challenges society faces with climate change, and the competence to generate knowledge across traditional scientific disciplines, using knowledge from both natural and social sciences.

The Sognefjord region is a unique laboratory to study climate change and its effects with short distance to glaciers and range of geohazards close by, communities and infrastructure in demanding terrain and a living nature right outside the lecture room. Staff with international backgrounds will contribute with their knowledge and experiences on the climate challenge.

You will learn about:

  • climate models and climate projections, and how they can be used to analyse and assess possible future scenarios
  • national and international climate policy, and how this policy is applied
  • how climate change affects species, societies and ecosystems, and how ecosystems may have solutions to the climate challenge
  • how the society can transform energy production and use in a more environmentally friendly direction
  • how to include evaluations of landslides, avalanches, flooding and water management in planning processes
  • strategies, actions and tools for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Study methods

The teaching combines lectures, excursions and fieldwork, case studies, multidisciplinary work in groups, seminars and independent work assignments.

The language of instruction is English.

Student exchange

You can apply for exchange in the second semester.

Where can I travel?

Updated schedule: We are currently planning the autumn semester as a hybrid semester, where some of the students will to follow the teaching online, and the rest will be on campus. The challenge is to facilitate for learning, cooperation and integration in a best possible way, for all students. MACCM is taught in blocks, implying that only one course is taught at a time, for a period of 6-7 weeks.

The first course in the program is Climate Change and Climate Policy. This will be offered mainly as an asynchronous online course (not in real time), but with occasional on-campus meetings between students and the course responsible, for the students who are in Sogndal. The exams in this course will take place in late September/early October.

The second course, Fundamental Research Methods, starts just after the first. This course already has a lot of online learning material prepared. This is normally supplemented with practical seminars. These seminars will take place also this year, but we are currently discussing how to adapt the seminars for online learning for students who cannot take part in on-campus activities.

The third course, Climate Change Ecology, starts late November. We are hoping that most students will be present by then, but necessary adaptations will be made in due time if this is not possible. A letter with more information about study start will be distributed by the end of June.