Two Scholarships available for DCU’s new climate change course

Published by Niall Sargent on

June 26th, 2018

Dublin City University has secured funding for two scholarships for its new master’s degree examining climate change in policy, media, and society.

Two successful recipients will receive full fee support, together with a stipend to assist with expenses and living costs.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 1st July 2018. Applicants should be eligible for EU fees and scholarship enquiries can be made here.

The 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 scholarships are open to recent graduates of DCU’s Access programme and to graduates of Access programmes in other Irish higher education institutions that support young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to attend university.

Funding has been secured through the NTR Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation, founded by NTR plc, an investor and asset manager of renewable energy projects.

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

Dr Diarmuid Torney, the director of the new course, said that he is “delighted” that “financial barriers” will not prevent Access graduates with the “potential to become leaders in tackling climate change” from taking part in this course.

“DCU’s commitment to addressing the major challenges of our time is manifest in the creation of a new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society,” he added.

“This Master’s [degree] will provide a new generation of leaders with a thorough understanding of the regulatory, political, media and societal environment within which change must be achieved to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.”

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.

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