Climate Change and Development

Academics Climate Change and Development


Master’s Program in Climate Change & Development


1. Overview


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


2. Career Orientation


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


1) Start-up businesses in climate change; 

2) Experts in science, technology and climate change management for development at enterprises, nature reserves, biosphere reserves, and tourist destinations; 

3) Managers, policy makers, policy advisors in management agencies, consultants on climate change response and development in socio-political, international and non-governmental organizations; 

4) Researchers and lecturers in academia. 


3. Advantages of the Program


- 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;
- Cost of three-month internship in Japan fully covered for 50 percent of 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


4. Japanese Coordinating 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.


5. Voice of Professors

GS. TS. Mai Trong Nhuan

Vietnam National University


GS. TS. Kazuyuki Kita

Ibaraki University


6. Program structure 


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

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

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8. Admission information 


Admission capacity: 20 students per intake


Admission requirements   


·         University graduation with GPA ≥ 2.5/4.0 in majors specified in the curriculum;

·         Work experience:

- No work experience is required for university graduates with Distinction or higher (GPA ≥ 2.8/4.0).

- 1 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.


Entrance exam

·         Open admission

·         Entrance exam: document screening and oral test


Application documents

Visit VJU website for admission guidelines and downloading application documents click here



CONTACT INFORMATION


     Admission Office

            Room 509, 5th Floor, My Dinh Campus

            Luu Huu Phuoc Street, My Dinh 1 Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

            Tel: (+84-4) 73 06 60 01 (Ext: 5093)

            Hotline: (+84) 96 69 54 736; (+84) 96 96 38 426

            Email: admission@vju.ac.vn