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Climate Change Management

Master's degree programme

The world is facing difficult climate challenges, with more extreme weather, floods and rock or snow avalanches. The Master in Climate Change Management gives you sought-after and interdisciplinary competence in how we can achieve a sustainable transition and greener behaviour.

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    Admission requirements

    The following requirements need to be fulfilled:                                           

    1.  Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in natural sciences, social sciences, or technology and engineering with minimum 80 ECTS in:
    • Environmental sciences
    • Governance and policy
    • Green technology and transition
    • Geosciences and natural hazards
    or a combination of the above

    2. The grade point average of your bachelor's degree must be C or better.

    3. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries must provide evidence of their academic achievements and proficiency in English. See our page for how to document proficiency in English.

    See the list of all required documents here.

    Norwegian applicants Deadline: April 15th 2024.

    Admission to HVL

    Why study Climate Change Management?

    With its proximity to fjords, mountains and glaciers, as well as avalanche and flood-exposed terrain, Sogndal is the perfect laboratory for studying climate change.

    In Sogndal you will have close interaction with an internationally oriented research environment that has broad competence in climate, nature, and sustainability.

    We look at climate challenges and climate adaptation through a holistic lens, where both natural science and social science perspectives are emphasized. In your master's thesis, you can specialize in a topic you are particularly interested in.

    You will learn about

    • climate change, and how it affects society and ecosystems
    • social change, climate policy, consumer behaviour and circular economy
    • climate models and climate projections to analyse and assess future scenarios
    • restructuring of energy production, energy consumption and the energy system in a climate-friendly direction
    • spatial planning considerations for avalanches and floods, among other things

    How will you be taught?

    We have lectures, field trips, field work, laboratory work and project-based work.

    This is an international master's degree with both Norwegian and foreign students, which gives you a unique opportunity to exchange experiences. All teaching is in English. 

    We have teaching on a block schedule, which means that we work on one subject at a time and finish with an exam, before we start on the next subject.


    The Norwegian government has decided that Norwegian universities and higher education institutions will be required to introduce tuition fees for students from countries outside the EEA (EU and EFTA countries) and Switzerland.

    Student exchange

    You can apply for exchange in the second semester.

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