Programme Requirements And Regulations
The Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) works with all faculties across the University to offer postgraduate programmes in climate change. This includes:
- A postgraduate diploma in climate change (PGDip CC) that consists in the completion of four 400-level courses
- A MSc in climate change based on a research thesis
- A PhD in climate change based on a research thesis
Because of the cross-cutting aspect of climate change and of the specificity of the region, the courses under the PGDip CC, MSc and PhD research thesis cover a broad range of topics, from climate sciences to the social, financial and economic aspects of climate change, traditional knowledge and the integration of climate change and disaster risk management.
Because of this, research students under the climate change programme are encouraged to collaborate with external co-supervisors from other USP faculties and/or other universities.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CLIMATE CHANGE (PGDip CC)
To be admitted in the Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change either full-time or part-time, a candidate must have a Bachelorís degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.
Candidates with GPA above 2.5 may be considered in exceptional cases, but will have to complete one or two 400-level courses under an unclassified programme before enrolling in the PGDip CC. Depending on the grade obtained by the students these courses will either remain qualifying courses or be credited in the PGDip CC programme. Factors relevant to considering applications may also include professional experience.
The courses in the Postgraduate Diploma in Climate change are:
- PC414, PC415 (core courses) plus any two of the following:
- PC424, PC425, PC426, PC428 (offered by PaCE-SD), BI442, EC415, DG414, EV402, EV405, GE407, GE409, LW452, PH407, PH414, PH416, PL400, PL402, SC400 and other relevant courses with the approval of the director of PaCE-SD.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLIMATE CHANGE (MSc CC)
The Master's programme consists of a thesis.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CLIMATE CHANGE (PhD CC)
The Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Climate Change, covering the topics taught at Post-Graduate level at the Centre. Students interested in progressing from a Masterís programme to doctoral studies are advised to contact the Centre Director directly. The Admission and Programme Regulations governing the Doctor of Philosophy appear in page 438 of the USP Handbook and Calendar.