The MSc Climate Change at Maynooth University is Ireland’s longest running and most successful postgraduate course on the subject. Students learn about; climate processes, the science behind climate change past and future and associated impacts. You will gain a critical appreciation of climate policy on mitigation and adaptation and how science can be most effectively used to inform policy. The course is taught by leading academics in the field both nationally and internationally with cutting edge research integrated into the taught component.​ 


Key facts 

1 year full time (September to July) 90 ECTS (60 taught/30 thesis) 

Core Modules

  • Applied Climate Sciences
  • Climate data analysis and modelling
  • Detection and Attribution
  • Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Spatial and temporal analysis in R
  • Field course
  • Thesis

What sets us apart? 

Our Graduates: Almost 100 students have graduated from this course with the vast majority finding employment in related areas. Past graduates are working with ECO-UNESCO, as water managers, as environmental consultants, with local authorities and government departments, insurance companies doing risk assessment and data analytics and in research and education both nationally and internationally.

A vibrant community: The course is hosted by ICARUS – the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS. MSc students become an important and valued part of our community of PhD, Post Doctoral researchers and staff working on cutting edge areas of climate change.The supports,networks and inspiration that this brings are invaluable to your studies.

Our Staff: The course is taught by leading international experts who are committed to research led teaching and who have been recipients of awards in teaching and research. Staff members have been lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports and sit on national and international committees developing policy in responding to climate change.

Student Centred: Our students have access to their own dedicated lab and all software needed. We know that nowadays students often need to work or have family commitments and we schedule timetabling and course delivery to facilitate the many demands on students. There are also many opportunities for work within the department as tutor and demonstrator.

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