GCU to offer joint Erasmus Masters on sustainable climate change management
Sustainable management of urban climate change is a vital need of the 21st Century and new professionals to lead this process are urgently needed.
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) along with partner institutions in Finland and Spain will offer an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters giving graduates the founding to lead sustainable and climate sensitive urban change.
The aim of the programme, Master of Urban Climate and Sustainability (MUrCS), is to produce high calibre graduates with skills and knowledge to understand, assess and manage climate resilience in cities.
The two-year course is based on a jointly developed curriculum by GCU, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK), Finland and University of Huelva (UHU), Spain. It will lead to triple degrees – MSc in Sustainable Urban Environment (GCU), MEng Environmental Technology (Urban Sustainability) (LAMK) and MSc Environmental Technology (UHU).
The EUR 2.69 million Erasmus+ funding will allow the programme to target both existing urban professionals, as well as those with multidisciplinary environmental backgrounds, to create professional pathways in leading sustainable urban climate change management. Graduates will gain critical understanding of the complexity of urban sustainability and the need for local action to combat climate change. They will develop intellectual and practical skills as well as the ability to use tools for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data related to urban climate change and sustainability.
Up to 20 fully funded students will begin their education in Glasgow before spending their second semester in Finland. As the modules become more specialised, the third semester will see them based at the institution relevant to their specialism. They will then undertake a thesis project, jointly supervised by two academics from different partner institutions in Semester 4.