DCU set to launch new climate change Masters course

Published by Niall Sargent on

April 18th, 2018

The first round of applications for Dublin City University’s new course on climate change in policy, media, and society is set to close this month.

The new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media, and Society will examine how societies can respond to climate change across the spheres of politics, regulation, law, education and the media.

While most Irish courses on the subject focus on the science of climate change, this new programme will look at governance, behavioural and societal aspects of climate change.

Subjects will include policy and governance issues, climate change law and the interaction of the media with the issue of climate change.

The university states that the course will equip students with critical insights and analytical skills to enable them to play a part in shaping the transition to a decarbonised and climate resilient future.

The first round of applications closes on 27 April 2018, with the first intake of students in September 2018.

According to DCU, if places are still available following the deadline, the final date for receipt of applications will be extended until the end of July 2018 for EU students, and 10 July for non-EU students.

Dr  Diarmuid Torney (L), with Professor Peter Thorne (R), both members of the Expert Advisory Panel, speaking at the meeting of the Citizens Assembly Photo: MAXWELL’S

The course Director, Dr Diarmuid Torney, said that he is “excited” to be launching the new course to examine the “greatest challenge humanity has ever faced”.

“The challenges it poses are partly technical and scientific, but they are also profoundly political, institutional, and societal,” he added.

“This is the only master’s programme in Ireland that examines the roles played by politics, regulation, law, education and the media in creating the broad societal response demanded by climate change.

“Our students will gain critical insights and analytical skills to enable them to play a part in shaping the transition to a decarbonised and climate resilient future.”

Dr Torney served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Citizens’ Assembly for its deliberations on how best Ireland can become a leading in tackling climate change.

The Assembly’s report on How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change was published this morning and includes the 13 recommendations put forward by the Assembly.

Key recommendations include calls for the establishment of a carbon price signal for agricultural emissions, the phasing out of peat subsidies and increased spending on sustainable public transport.

Full details of the programme, including how to apply, are available here.

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Niall Sargent

Niall is the Editor of The Green News. He is a multimedia journalist, with an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University, London