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Master of Science (Applied Climate Science)

Summary
Master of Science Specialisation Applied Climate Science (MSCN)
  • CRICOS: 078596M

Study Mode
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

Specialisation only available to external students and therefore not suitable for international students who wish to study on-campus.
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Explore the impacts of climate and weather

Broaden your knowledge of climate and weather with USQ’s Master of Science (Applied Climate Science). Focusing upon the impacts of climate variability on natural systems as well as human and socio-economic activities, this specialisation will develop your understanding of climate and how we adapt and manage variability on a regional and global level. 

You will have the opportunity to decide between two different pathways of study in your masters degree:

  • Research Project track — the Research Project track equips you with research skills and allows you to develop a research thesis through a project in your chosen disciplinary application area.
  • Research Training track — the Research Training track allows you to develop your research capability and gain specialised cognitive and technical skills to prepare for a professional career in science.

Further study

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science (Applied Climate Science), you have the opportunity to move into PhD study.

As a graduate, you can follow career opportunities such as climatologist, climate scientist, climate policy analyst, environmental consultant, natural resources, biodiversity management, natural resource management or in private industry companies active in fields, such as agriculture, insurance, energy, weather information, water services and other industries.

Courses to be studied Units
12 x specialisation courses 12
2-4 x research courses 4
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 32080
On-campus AUD 35840

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 078596M

Note: The Applied Climate Science specialisation will be available for a Semester 1 start, part-time from 2017 and full-time from 2018.

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.