Master's Program in Climate Change and Development

Master's Program in Climate Change and Development

MCCD Class Activities

 

Climate change is one of the greatest threats that human beings, especially those living in the Asia-Pacific region have been facing with. Therefore, searching countermeasures for this catastrophe is urgent for the sustainable development, which creates many opportunities in climate change business, such as identifying the nature, analyzing, evaluating, forecasting climate change, its impacts and vulnerability, implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, developing low carbon and highly resilient economy and society in harmony with nature. The Master’s Program in Climate Change and Development (MCCD) aims at training human resources who can grasp and excel in these highly demanding and sustainable job opportunities. 

 

The Master’s Program in Climate Change and Development (MCCD) at VNU Vietnam Japan University (VJU) aims to:

  • Equip students with basic, interdisciplinary knowledge of the nature, tendency, impacts, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation of climate change in relation to development;
  • Equip students with competence and skills to discover, analyze, evaluate, forecast problems related to climate change and development; to propose and create climate change adaptation and mitigation measures for sustainable development;
  • Train students to work as scientists/ technologists, managers/ leaders/ policy advisers/consultants on climate change business as well as to propose, implement projects and to participate in international and national forums on climate change and development; 
  • Provide students with opportunities to pursue PhD at leading universities in Japan and around the world. 

Duration: 24 months

Training method: Fulltime

Teaching languages: English and Vietnamese

Location: Vietnam Japan University - My Dinh Campus

 

Awarded degree: The degree of Master in Climate Change & Development

The program offers a wide range of career opportunities, such as: 

  • Start-up businesses in climate change; 
  • Experts in science, technology and climate change management for development at enterprises, nature reserves, biosphere reserves, and tourist destinations; 
  • Managers, policy makers, policy advisors in management agencies, consultants on climate change response and development in socio-political, international and non-governmental organizations; 
  • Researchers and lecturers in academia. 
  • High quality program, based on the curriculum of Ibaraki University, modified to meet the requirements of Vietnam context;
  • International academic environment; advanced teaching methods; modern laboratories; practical experience in one of the most vulnerable countries in the world but is a pioneer in response to climate change - Vietnam; learning and practicing the world’s leading technologies to  tackle climate change from Japan; insightful guidance from well-known professors, scientists, excellent managers on climate change business in Vietnam; and minimum 50 percent of lectures from Japan;
  • Substantially subsidized tuition fee; full merit-based scholarships for outstanding students;
  • Modern knowledge and skills in multicultural context, especially Japanese language and culture;
  • Opportunities to work in Japanese companies or further study at doctorate level at Japanese partner university;

 

 

Ibaraki University

Ibaraki University was founded in 1949. Today, the university has developed into a mid-size national university with five undergraduate colleges and four graduate schools.

 

The curriculum consists of total 64 credits, including core courses of fundamental and professional knowledge as well as elective courses in each specificied field. 

 

COURSES

CREDITS

General knowledge

9

Philosophy

3

Japanese Language

6

Fundamental and specific knowledge

18

Compulsory courses

3

Fundamentals of Sustainability Science 

3

Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science

3

Fundamentals of Climate Change I

3

Fundamentals of Climate Change II

3

Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability Assessment

3

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

3

Elective courses

19/71

Academic English

4

Climate Modeling

3

Social Research on Climate Change

2

Paleoclimatology

2

Economics of Climate Change

3

Integrated Modelling and Complex Systems Science

2

Climate Policy, Law and Institutions

2

Environment, Health and Societies

2

Climate Change Risk Assessment and Management

3

Communities and Climate Change Adaptation

2

Climate Projections: Uncertainty and Decision Making

2

Nature and ecosystem based adaptation

3

Geo-informatics and Data Analysis for Climate Change Response

2

Climate Change and Security

3

Climate Change Innovation

2

Aqua-Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change

3

Energy technologies and management for climate change mitigation

3

Sustainable Water Management

3

Climate Change Adaption in Cities

2

Land Use Planning for Climate Change Response

2

Development and Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change

2

The Sociology of Climate Change 

3

Cost-Benefit Analysis for Climate Change

3

Resource and Environmental Economics 

3

Climate Finance

2

Regional and Urban Development Policy  

2

Agriculture and Rural Development Policy 

2

Environmental Management Systems 

2

Interdisciplinary Fieldwork on Climate Change 

2

Internship

6

Master’s thesis

12

Admission capacity: 20 students per intake

 

Admission requirements:   

  • GPA:
    • University graduation with GPA ≥ 2.8/4.0 in majors specified in the curriculum;
    • One year of work experience is required for applicants with 2.5/4.0 < GPA < 2.8/4.0.
    • No work experience is required for university graduates with Distinction or higher (GPA ≥ 2.8/4.0).
    • 01 year of work experience is required for applicants with university graduates with Credit or Pass (2.5/4.0 < GPA < 2.8/4.0) 
  • English proficiency:
    • At enrollment time: Level 3/6 (IELTS 4.0 – 4.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No.01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent;
    • By the end of year 01: Level 4/6 (IELTS 5.0 - 5.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No.01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.

Major Requirements: 

  • Majors in natural sciences; social sciences and behavioral sciences; business and management; other social majors with high-interdisciplinary nature.
  • Applicants graduated in foreign countries which are not included in the list of training programs regulated by Ministry of Education and Training will be considered by Admission committee. 

Entrance exam:

Open admission

Entrance exam: document screening and oral test

 

Deadline for Application submission: 

1st Admission: Mar 18th 2019

2nd Admission: July 19th 2019

 

Application documents: click here

Program Office

Room 505, 5th Floor, My Dinh Campus

My Dinh Campus, Luu Huu Phuoc Road, My Dinh 1 Residential Area, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam. View google map

Program Assistant:

Ms. Bui Thi Hoa

Tel: (+84) 24 7306 6001 (Ext: 5054)

 

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